Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Beachkrieg! - Surf!
|This is the "official" release from Santa Clara's Beachkrieg!. I don't know what I saw in the demo from 2005, but I have revised the review. This is really awful, with stiff, disjointed playing, and shallow mono sound with no dynamics or tonal value.|
Track by Track Review
While fairly traditional, the organ's pumped circulating chords create a carnival effect with a 1965 flair. Spirited and on the dark side, yet fulfilling the forward-looking surf requirement. Slower than most versions these days, and retitled to fit their image and theme, "Pipelyne" (The Chantays' "Pipeline") has a garage band feel with the coming garage-psych sound just around the corner. On the down side, the melody is wrong and incomplete, and the playing is incredibly stiff. Cruddy mono basement sound makes it unlistenable.
More or less founded in surf's sixties vision, yet fresh, "Miserlou" is eerily gothic and mysterious. Surf rides amid progressive ghoul rock with extra cruddy sound. Decent guitar work, and cardboard stiff drums.
"Uberditty" is an interesting bit of writing buried in unforgivable shallow sound. Musically, it's much more frat than surf, but then, maybe that's just the dreadful sound.
Uncle Link's guitar anthem is pumped out slowly with organ and reverb and intended drama. It sure sounds like prog's beginnings. Original, but cruddy sounding.
Beachkrieg! work hard to make this work, but it's incredibly disjointed and stiff. The "Wipe Out" drum thing makes it even worse. Very poor track.
"Running" is a long track at 4:36, opening with drums rolling out military drama that evolves into a kind of traumatic theme. The melody is more developed than much of their material, lending itself to the local transitional post-surf. You can hear the coming of prog five years hence, and the roots of surf still holding it together. If any song here has potential, this is it.