Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Bambi Molesters - Dumb Loud Hollow Twangdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is it! Finally released, and I'm more than just the proud stepfather. A stunningly good set of tracks from the only surf band in Croatia. It started life as Coastal Disturbance, then became known as Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers, and finally Dumb Loud Hollow Twang! Their writing is melodic, pristine, well structured, and unique. I find their slower material to be the best, with it's stellar beauty and delicate balance between lead and rhythm. I've been communicating with the band for about a year, and earlier this year, they asked me to produce their album. I was honored. They laid down 16 track ADAT in Croatia, and mailed them to me in the US. I mixed them here, and mastered them as well. Based on the DAT I'd received late last year, I was expecting good tracks. I was not prepared for just how good they'd turn out to be. This will be a classic of the future. It is not yet released, but will be in the coming months.
Picks: Wanganui, Long Gun, Hawaii Joe, Catatonya, Big Time Action, Point Break, Sun Stroke, Standing On The Nose In A Stylish Manner, Tremor, Glider, Hot Water, Beach Murder Mystery, Coastal Disturbance, Landlocked, Pearl Divin'

Track by Track Review


Wanganui dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wanganui" is an amazingly cool Orange County influenced number with great twang and a tad of jangle, a low-E lead line, surfy damped notes, cool drums, and a chunky sound. As with all of their work, it has a strong melody, and rates 100 on the infectiometer!

Long Gun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Long Gun" uses some distortion, but has a clearly surf melodic quality, a solid double picked bridge, and an almost movie-like sense about it. It has an ominous yet light feel to it, with melodic island twang, and dramatic toms.

Hawaii Joe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hawaii Joe" is one of those tunes that hints of others, but still has very individual character. It lies somewhere between the "Hawaii 5-0" and "Latinia," and the Chuck Berry influenced riffs that the Beach Boys ripped off so often. That description does it no justice, but it has that sorta feel to it. Images of riders on storm surf in black wet suits come to mind.

Catatonya dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Catatonya" is delicate or pristine, with a rather easy energy and edgie sound. Melodic and catchy, it hooks you in... By the way, "Catatonya" is a town in Australia that a friend of theirs went off to some time ago. It is very pretty and mysterious, with very cool and different guitar parts that work well together... not interplay like Paul Johnson would write, but interplay like the Astronauts might have written if they'd had Paul as a mentor. Quite catchy and light hearted.

Big Time Action dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The big drama of an approaching storm, intermittent twango, double picked lead on the low-E, and a light transition into calmer and clear water make for a very interesting track.

Point Break dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Light damped double picked rhythm guitar, slow shimmery lead, and an infectious rhythm. The whole thing is very distant and mysterious. Quite a bitchin' track! I find this sort of tune to be particularly endearing when well done, and a drag when not. The Bambi Molesters know how to do it!

Sun Stroke dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow progression of damped notes make up the rhythm and a low-E choppy lead line make for a pretty effective track. Happy and sad at the same time... unusual. and most melodic.

Standing On The Nose In A Stylish Manner dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big pounding drums open to a medium number that should be playing under a surf flick about Australia. Quite nice.

Tremor dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bitchin' light weight track with a beautiful melody and great damped chunka-chunka rhythm. I'm always amazed at just how effective a well written simple melody can be. The difference between a boring little progression and a killer tune is night and day. This track rules! Very satisfying and pretty.

Glider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunka-chunka rhythm and gorgeous harmonics and ringing notes, and an infectious sound. Again, they have created a simple tune with major draw. Great!

Hot Water dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rolling snare opens "Hot Water," supported by bass rumble and a basic sixties double picked melody line. An effective track.

Beach Murder Mystery dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ah, the reverb kick! Anything that opens with the old springs crashing is ok by me. This moves right into an ominous low-E lead line, damped rhythm, and lots of dramatic ominous energy.

Coastal Disturbance dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Coastal Disturbance" uses a vibrato grungy progression, almost in a Link Wray way...ominous and dark. It's fifties discordant charm are unmistakable. Dark and brooding. Touches of that James Brown / Stax-Volt guitar sting adds a nifty edge.

Landlocked dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the most infectious track on the CD! It has that great damped rhythm guitar, worth listening to all by itself. It adds so immeasurably to the delicate lead line, and all that is supported by splendid bass lines, and cool jungle toms. If ever there was a track that required listening in your '65 Camaro with the top down while cruising down 101 on a warm spring day, this is it. Totally infectious, and brilliant!

Pearl Divin' dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is my second favorite track. It is gentle, delicate, stunningly simple and gloriously beautiful. The balance achieved between the lead and rhythm is awesome. It is melodic, catchy, and pure lagoon surf. The guitar tone is pure and ringing, and the over all effect is magnificent. The intense lead stingers are perfect. Where's the surf in Croatia?