Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Brazil 2001 - Salt Water Damageddotdotdotdot
artworkOn the strength of a strong recommendation from Allen Whitman of the Mermen, I invited Brazil 2001 to play for us at Humunga Cowabunga in December '95. They were awesome, and wowed the whole room! I had to have them back for a jaunt in the Pit, which they accommodated in early '96. This CD-R is written from that performance.

Brazil 2001 are an amazing band. Their pop wizardry produced some very fine and humorous music, with surf sounds, edgy attack, perverse visions, and all with a high level of talent. The music flows smoothly, and brings a grin to your mug, whether you want it or not.

This is a great band. What I wanna know is, why did a band with such brilliant pop writing sensibilities and humor get signed? They were easily as good as most of what's on VH1 or MTV, and their lyrics lent themselves to videos. Oh well, the charts sure wouldn't look like they do if I controlled them.
Picks: Hypnotized By The Sun (Instrumental Version), Tahiti 96, One Note Samba, Double Overhead, Penetration, Cactus, Shaved Ice, Haole Girl, Walk Don't Run

Track by Track Review


Hypnotized By The Sun (Instrumental Version) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and sinewy, deliberately pretty, plucky deluxe, hinting of Polynesian curiosity and poi. This is a melodic, smooth, surfy, nearly lounge-like tune. It marks a departure stylistically, but not in character, from the Brazilliant ones usual stylee. The song is stunning. It features flourishes of double picked intensity, hidden drama, and ukulele delicacy. A fine track.

Tahiti 96 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes! This track finally sees release, and it's about time. Bernard Yin has the knack of writing brilliantly simple and unique powerhouse instros, and this grinding assault is right up there with "One Note Samba" (Jobim) or "PCH."

One Note Samba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Antonio Carlos Jobim's little ditty became a monster under the gun of Bernard Yin's guitar. Bit's of Agent Orange churn and tons of energy make this work really well.

Double Overhead dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

This is a completely personable surf vocal about a love affair with the curl. Described as if she was a fair lass, it bounces and grins with lusty delight. This shoulda been a hit. Brilliant writing and lyrics.

Penetration dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an incredibly tough version of the Pyramids surf classic. Tortured edgy maximum guitar - simply huge. "Penetration" gets lots of response on my show whenever I play it. Incredible!

Cactus dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's astounding how aquatic whistling can be. This is an utterly captivating song, liquid and funny. This version ended up on my Reverb Central compilation.

Shaved Ice dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

An edgy rock number with a spoken lyric about a painful summer for a local boy cause by a girl (what else?). Lot's of cool changes and a big sound.

Haole Girl dotdotdotdot
Aggressive Surf (Vocal)

Major guitar edge and double picking and glissandoes, all to support the lecherous tale of an Island youth lusting after the rich young pale faced tourist. This song is so Bernard! :-}

Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdot
Aggressive Surf (Instrumental)

This performance of "Walk Don't Run" powers and dodges with surf ease and punk chop edge. A brilliant false end decays into feedback chaos angst.