Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Bomboras - Head Shrinkin' Fundotdotdot
artworkHead Shrinkin' Fun continues the Bomboras' generally weak performance on disc. Much of the music is riff-rock, and the mixes continue to be thick and without adequate lead guitar definition in most cases. there are a couple of really great instros here, some moderate material, and some filler. Vocals include "Run And Hide," "Keep In Touch" and "Get In Line."
Picks: Land of the One Percenters, War Of The Satellites, Project Zero, Go-Go Bombora, Adventures Through Inner Space, Night Of The Bomboras, Hot Line, Beyond The Sound Of Time, Mystery Planet, Swingin' On Pier 13, Mile Zero, Playa De Los Muertos

Track by Track Review

Land of the One Percenters dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thick and grindy progressional riff rock, with organ and distorted guitar. Intensely energetic, but musically vacant. No melody.

War Of The Satellites dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I think this is the best thing I've heard from the Bomboras in a long time. It shreds along at a mighty fast pace, with pummeling lead guitar. The melody is very minimal, but the drive simply rules! The break is suave and most appropriate.

Project Zero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent damped surf rhythm, and a pleasant lead line that doesn't command attention. Highly energetic, with great drums. Solid drive, but nothing to hang onto in the melody department. The break is a nice chunky change from the main theme.

Go-Go Bombora dotdot
Rock (Vocal)

A shallow attempt at the go-go sound, more frat than tall boots and short skirts. The drums are great, but the riff is just a grind and a jam.

Adventures Through Inner Space dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Tasty super high note damped and reverbed picking in the intro, but the main body is just more thick mindless progressional meandering. Musically weak, stomp centered frat rock.

Night Of The Bomboras dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just micro seconds from the Aquanauts' "Rumble On The Docks," but a lot less gutty. Throbbing vibrato guitar, great eerie sounds, and a thick murky mix.

Hot Line dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent surf guitar picking and powerful drums, but without a melody, it doesn't rise about the pack. Highly rhythmic, but not memorable.

Beyond The Sound Of Time dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Beyond The Sound Of Time" is a tasty cool plucky number. The whole thing seems like the intro to a great track, like it doesn't quite get anywhere, yet it is satisfying enough. The arrangement is better than most the of Bomboras' material, using more changes, and more textures.

Mystery Planet dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Borrowing the feel of Henry Mancini's "A Shot In The Dark," this is a fairly infectious track, with solid surf rhythm guitar work, and solid drums too. The lead work could be a little more out front, but is ok. It chunks along, rhythmically grabbing you as you slide through the track.

Swingin' On Pier 13 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool moody surf 'n' fuzz curb urchin romp, with no melody, but a suave rhythm and big fuzz in the break.

Mile Zero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Riff surf with Jake's swell keys holding it together. Tribal drums, chunky surf rhythm guitar, and little melody. fast and spiked.

Playa De Los Muertos dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exceptionally good track, with a strong melody and chunky rhythmic sound. It shares much with Eddie Angels style and Jon Blair's as well. The lead could be more pronounced in the mix, but otherwise, this is a solid track. very fun and infectious.