Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Balboas - Daguiredotdotdot
artworkOhio's reverb crunch trash mavens came by the Pit and laid down an hours' worth of surf instros and garage surf vocals. This is their story.
Picks: Peter Gunn, Hurricane Party, Journey To The Stars, Pesce Vino, Retaliator, Bombora, Son of Dale, Rumble, Surf Beat, Attack of the Fire Ants, Crush It, Daguire, Wipe Out, Shake-N-Stomp

Track by Track Review


Peter Gunn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine slow evil Henry Mancini power trip, dark, moody, and relentlessly cool. It lumbers along, like an alien slime flowing through the underworld on it's way to your house. In a word, it's BIG!

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.

Journey To The Stars dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' throbbing tribal "Journey To The Stars" is punked and powered to a frenzy. Strong performance.

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.

Retaliator dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Retaliator" is a fun and grumbly adventure in miscreant surf. More gnarl than melody, it pumps and grinds with relentless energy.

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.

Son of Dale dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Son of Dale" is named for Dick Dale's offspring lad Jimmy. Tribal surf beat, double picked, aggressive, slightly melodic. Mean and twang laden.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's most covered composition. This is a fairly strait cover of the album version, with big guitar ringing edge, and a slightly fast performance. Cut's concrete without a blade. Boss intense performance, thick twin guitar attack, and great.

Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's first surf-named tune, churned out with all the chunk and pump required. The grindy damped guitars give this a unique sound, and keep it from being just another cover. Thick, layered surf grind.

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.

Crush It dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashing aggressive playing of a somewhat-catchy riff rocker, with a solid surf feel and more energy than style. Hard driving and playful.

Daguire dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Daguire" is a very sad and beautiful romantic song. It changes pace at times. Quite exotic and smooth.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The almost silly scream opener quickly yields to a nearly discordant performance, reminiscent of the Not Moving version from the Strange Doll ep. A similarly uncomfortable soundscape, with demented tension. Who can overcome Ron Wilson's magnificent drums?

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.