Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Astroglides - Channel Surfing With...
|This is an incredible project. Even with forewarning about the blend of instruments and sounds, I was not prepared for the scope of the creativity nor the magnitude of the resulting release. This is a spectacularly creative and enjoyable release, blending surf and punk and metal and lounge and exotica and spy themes, and detective tales and... You must hear this CD, but you also must have your adventure hat on and your attitude belt off. It's a daring side trip into uncharted surf territory. Brilliant!|
Picks: Tropically Disturbed, Cruisin' Down Menahem Blvd., Inspector Neer, The Man With The Golden Reverb, Nervous Man In A $4 Room, The Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob, Crime And The Law, 2003 Horsepower, Pascua Negra, English, English, English, Meat Cleavage, Second Look, Sunday Syndrome, Sharqiya, High Tide, Dark Surf, Sewerpipe Ride, Kabbalah Fucker
Track by Track Review
This is a very nice arrangement of the old Marcels hit. Playful and bouncy, and just maybe the best cover of this highly melodic old vocal standard anywhere. An inspired performance.
Cruisin' Down Menahem Blvd.
"Spanish Wave" features a Spanish melody line, and plenty of energy. This was the highlight of the performance, in my opinion. Lots of flair and energy, and a very attractive power surge, like Link Wray on the breakers. I love this!
Stompin' chompin' grumblin' guitar-organ dueling carries off an interesting cover of the Who's "My Generation." What a way to close the show. Thrash and power, splash and flash!
The Man With The Golden Reverb
Espionage Surf (Instrumental)
Shimmering vibes and dripping surf guitar, a sullen horn, and film score drama... "The Man With The Golden Reverb" is a well developed piece of music, and with minimal luck, should really find its way onto celluloid. Flute and vibes, damped reverb rhythm, and delightful arranging. Too cool!
Cinematic Surf (Instrumental)
Big danger via "Out Of Limits" licks and rising distortion guitar chunk threaten the peace. "Nervous Man In A $4 Room" has many movements, lots of interesting changes, well thought out panoramic placement (a great mix), and an ominous sound!
The Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob
Tweaky Surf (Instrumental)
"The Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob" employs lots of different sounds, from a horn section and female chorus, to heavy surf guitar and great bass and drums. It's both magical and cheesy like sixties film scores tended to be. Scary and flippant, dangerous and flighty.
Detective Surf (Instrumental)
Surf and Detective Farce themery intermingle in an array of sounds and smells. damped reverb, Theremin, horns, and a catchy break. This is very cool in a cheesy sixties way, but commands your attention. You cannot listen without grinning.
Punk Surf (Instrumental)
A lonely whistler wards off the darkness and chill of the graveyard wind while the funeral drums and surf guitar sullenly set the scene. Then, like there's no distance between surf and punk, the guitars richly churn out a damped chop rhythm against pumped drums and thundering bass. "2003 Horsepower" is more than just threatening. Amazing!
Metal Surf (Instrumental)
Heavy metal chunk chords thrash out danger while double pedal kick drums punctuate the thumps. Simply big!
English, English, English
Cowpunk Surf (Instrumental)
Against a cowpunk beat, stereo guitars drive the herd to the edge of the cliff. "English, English, English" is an open plains kinda song, but from the back of a pickup, not a horse. Great stuff!
Evil Pulsing Surf (Instrumental)
Punk and disorderly dark chord thrash, with a circular progression that hammers and revives. When the horns come in, it's quite a contrast. Imagine orchestral punk! Heavy and chunky to the max.
Damped surf, digiridu or jaws harp, and a fine melody line. "Second Look" is a brilliant piece of music with big surf ideas and bachelor pad add-ons. Imaginative and intriguing, with a catchy sound.
Adventurous Surf (Instrumental)
The lead line to "Sunday Syndrome" is well developed and interesting on its own, and fronting middle eastern percussion and rhythm patterns, it takes on a surreal sound. More than adventurous, requiring you to remove your attitude hat. Amazing!
This is a slow and ultra groovy track. The silky intro gives way to double picked playfulness as the main body of the song comes in. "Sharqiya" is an unusual song in a fairly straight surf format, but it's dissonant danger and nontraditional beat set it apart. Very cool!
A dribbling glissando opens to a rousing theremin driven blast through of the Lively Ones' classic. About 30 seconds shorter than the original, this watery grumbler flails and shreds through barrels and white water with equal power. Excellent!
Ultra heavy dark surf eerily comes your way via a nasty double picked lead, reverbed and powerful over an intense howl from a wailing Theremin. Strong drums and bass, and an overall evil texture. Intensely personal in a damaged and dangerous way.
"Sewerpipe Ride" is menacing dark surfcore with evil chord progressions and disturbing Theremin howls. The warlike sound is intense. Yikes!
Vial epithets open... so beware. Once past, "Kabbalah Fucker" becomes a monstrously evil surf ride. Huge tone, and howling wails. This is a desert war at machine gun speed, fought against aliens of other worlds.