Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The B.C. SeaRiders - U.S. 101 - The Next Surfaridotdot
artworkThe instrumentals here remind me of the first mix of the first Mermen album from an aural perspective, but with a darker writing style. Only the stereo 'verb gives these otherwise mono tracks a sense of space. My guess is that these would be better served in unvarnished mono without the digital reverb sheep dip.
Picks: Journey To The Ranch, Goin' Surfin', Fast Ride, The Point, Drums On Surfari, Stanley's Diner, Sneakin' Into Trestles, Haggerty's, The Next Surfari

Track by Track Review


Journey To The Ranch dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's danger and perhaps anger in places here, and a sense of risk and dark outsiders. "Journey To The Ranch" is an atmospheric piece washed in digital reverb. It's a dramatic tune needing clearer to capture the true drama that lurks.

Goin' Surfin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sparkling with lighthearted optimism, "Goin' Surfin'" reminds me of very early Mermen via the reverb wash and zero-sustain guitar. It's a splashy number with a grin and sense of traveling along a coastal road into the sunrise.

Fast Ride dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The lead guitar here sounds like it's a baritone. The riff is engaging in a semi-surf semi-British kind of way. While it's not dark, "Fast Ride" does seem to have a less than happy tone. There's nothing fast about it.

The Point dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Point" takes its time getting going, and when it arrives, it's an darkened view of an unsettled sea. The melody line is circular and interesting.

Drums On Surfari dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Drums On Surfari" is a tribal drum solo that's very primal and jungle-esq. Better than many such excursions.

Stanley's Diner dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Perhaps the murkiest of all the tracks here, "Stanley's Diner" shows promise from a composition point of view. There's lots of oceanic imagery.

Sneakin' Into Trestles dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a relatively vintage track from a writing standpoint, maybe like the Centurions in that it employs baritone guitar. This is the track that I came back to, despite its similarity to a couple of old timers in the rhythm track.

Haggerty's dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a dramatic track with strong visuals and adventure. "Haggerty's" has a well developed arrangement, and would do very well with a crisp mix. Easily one of the most engaging tracks here, it contrasts optimism and vintage aura with digital drama.

The Next Surfari dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Next Surfari" travels the coast with a thoroughly non-surf lead guitar line, but with a view of the break. I guess a surfer would feel the water, but it's not very much related to the genre in feel or sound.