Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Blue Wave Theory - Blue Wave Theorydotdotdot
artworkBlue Wave Theory aren't a surfband. They play rock instrumentals with sustain and edge. There are some very strong moments on his CD, and there are a couple of surf influenced pieces. Very strong musicianship and interesting composition.
Picks: Gumby Goes Green, Labyrinth, Mermaid In Japan, D'yer Moon (a) (Blue Moon), D'yer Moon (b) (D'yer Maker), Road Hazard

Track by Track Review


Gumby Goes Green dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Thoroughly modern surf rock with intense guitars, occasional glissandos, and a bit of Middle Eastern flair. "Gumby Goes Green" is commanding and powerful. The "Malaguena" run adds a sense of the genre's roots, though it's certainly not traditional. The delicate midsection is very nice. Way more rock than surf.

Huckster dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This rock instro is somewhat reminiscent of Ixt Addux' "Capriccio," but much less intense and with fuller sound. Very artsy and angular.

Ooolin Poolin Oy dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The circular riff and the active panned second guitar create a modestly progressive rock soundscape, while the bridge is the most interesting part. This seems more intellectual than emotional, but there are some nice spots that reference early Chicano rock.

Jazz Hole dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Jazz Hole" is all about the chop chords and drum beat. Verging on frantic, and post melodic, but still compelling.

Labyrinth dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The moody riff in "Labyrinth" is quite compelling, occasionally reminding me of The Mermen's more mathematical moments. The pomp and big chord drama of the transitions is very metal-prog a la early seventies European bands. I like this.

Mermaid In Japan dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

The surfadelic wash of drama and deliberate pacing create a commanding sound. "Mermaid In Japan" is big, and has the sort of textural transitions that The Reventlos uniquely achieved.

Ripples dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big rock candy deliberately metered out for maximum drama. "Ripples" seems rooted in Quicksilver Messenger Service on edge and less shimmer.

D'yer Moon (a) (Blue Moon) dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a reggae backed, long sustain interpretation of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "Blue Moon." The contrast between the lead and the rhythm section is enticing. Very cool!

D'yer Moon (b) (D'yer Maker) dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Blue Moon" transitions right into Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Maker." It's a beautiful transition landing on a splendid instro.

Road Hazard dotdotdot
Punk (Instrumental)

"Road Hazard" is a very punky instro with rock solid drums and urban twang. Metal chop chords and a cycling riff played with energy and edge.