Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Balboas - A Little Bit Of Feardotdotdot
artworkThis release is different than their last. While it's more surfy a la the Original Surfaris, the mix is in the demo category, with the lead guitar buried and the rhythm much to distracting, which prevents many of the tracks from baring the fruit of the obvious power of the performance. The Balboas must be capable of one hell of a show. Vocals include "Santa Cruz," "Caught Inside," and "Delta Sonic Kiss."
Picks: Hurricane Party, Bombora, Pesce Vino, Sea Of Flame, Thin Run, Driver's Side Hairbag, Attack Of The Fire Ants, 16 till Indo, Shake-N-Stomp, Undertow, Throttle

Track by Track Review

Hurricane Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mix hard driving surf-n-slam low-E guitar crunch... punkabilly drums, and bass thunder, and you get the twang thrash of "Hurricane Party." There's little doubt that storm charged electricity is powering the amps.

Bombora dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra fast trashy assault on the Original Surfaris' classic mauler. Distant lead guitar and an irritating mix, yet the power is ever-present.

Pesce Vino dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beneath the murk of the mix lies an aggressive dynamo of a surf cruncher. Excellent riff and ample power, and the variations in arrangement of the lead work keep it interesting.

Sea Of Flame dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damped reverb and a heavy surf sound. The lead riff is a thundering "Bombora" type thing delivered with a heavy duty pick. Full throated surf.

Thin Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reminiscent of some Apemen tunes, this just needs a more sympathetic mix to cross into the urgent category. Great lead runs and power from the bass and drums. To me, the rhythm guitar detracts from overall effect.

Driver's Side Hairbag dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great title, hokey riff, humorous feel... just fun, like a flippant Eddie Angel tune. Repetitious, but enjoyable.

Attack Of The Fire Ants dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf thunder, big wham, double picked low-E drive, grumbling bass, frantic drums, and trashy rhythm guitar, which seems superfluous to the structure. Lots of power and an interesting lead line.

16 till Indo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick, menacing, plodding, and evil. "16 till Indo" is among the stronger tracks here, with a more interesting riff, a more developed arrangement, and rhythm guitar work that isn't in the way. The tribal drums and bass provide a great foundation for this mystical track.

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Shake-N-Stomp" is completely reworked. The change is so complete, it's unnerving at first, but grows on you. More of a "based on" kinda treatment, it rolls with surf flair and drive, replacing Dick Dale's chunk with garage angst.

Undertow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Mission Impossible riff rides aside a low-E surf lead. The middle features a narrated verse. Tribal drums and aggressive thunder.

Throttle dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raging tom toms, low-E double picked guitar, and solid power. Kinda like an accelerated Cramps with more growl and less camp, blended with dark storm break. Very cool.