Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Bad Beers - MySpace And Beyond
|Jeepers! Bad Beers play nasty, dark rock bathed in surfisms and recorded in the back of a van, or so it sounds. Ugly audio, harsh instrumentals, double picked glory, and a bunch of energy. These songs were liberated from The Bad Beers MySpace page recently. Some don't appear on their album, but really should, especially the very space rock epic "The Tingler."|
Picks: Zombies From Beyond The Surf, Condition Black, Midnight Surfer, The Tingler, Spider Rocket Surf
Track by Track Review
Zombies From Beyond The Surf
A muted dry glissando and relentless rhythm pattern, along with intense semi-drone lead work seems to propagate a dank mechanized scene. Perhaps the "Zombies From Beyond The Surf" work here. Monstrous!
"Condition Black" is a dank number with a threatening guitar line and wretched intensity. Like metal gone tubular, it is surely about the evil side of the breakwater.
Dirty and heavy, "DMan Crunch" relentlessly flows like a lahar on its way through your town. Not melodic, just unstoppable.
Surf Rock (Instrumental)
"Midnight Surfer" is a high energy rage with big metal drums and writhing rhythm. It's all thrash chord and splash, with a dark sound and aggressive gate.
Electro swirl brings out a Hawkwind-ish soundscape that rises to surf in the ether. "The Tingle" could easily be morphed into Hawkwind's style, but in this aural wash, is like surfing in space. Very cool!
Dribbling surf guitar splashes into what seems like a paean to Spider Man vs. Rocket Man. Its much more about patterns and intensity than melody or vision. Relentless and heavy.