Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Buckrabbits - The Instrumental Hits Ofdotdotdot
artworkThis second release remakes many of the tracks from the first album, but with much trashier and abrasive guitar. It's odd to me, but I like the cleaner first sessions better, though that doesn't make this undesirable.
Picks: Missing Link, Spaghetti Western Sky, Switchblade Comb, Buckrabbit Beat, Silvertone, Rockabilly Rumpus, Rebel Rock, Hillbilly Gospel Guitar

Track by Track Review


Missing Link dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With a heavy nod to Link Wray via various chords and progressions, and intense heavy sound, "Missing Link" is a stylish riff rocker that deserves its title. Gnarly and back alley dangerous, the song has a vintage rock'n'roll edge.

Spaghetti Western Sky dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big tremolo chords and a western melody give the impression that you're in the desert with no way back. Tonally darker than spaghetti westerns, but certainly melodically inspired by the genre. Very cool track.

Switchblade Comb dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Primal rumble in the alley music with Link Wray gutsiness and distortion. "Switchblade Comb" is a great title for this fifties based number. This is not related to the Neptunes grand song of the same title.

Buckrabbit Beat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dirty and primal, "Buckrabbit Beat" is pure riff rock from the days when you couldn't get into the bar without a switchblade. More dirty and ugly than melodic, and surely dangerous.

Silvertone dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Nasty tone and fifties sensibilities permeate "Silvertone" as it evolves. It's anything but silver toned, but sure is like the Silvertone guitar when it's driven hard. Nasty and angular.

Rockabilly Rumpus dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a superb rockabilly boogie in the grand tradition of all those b-sides from home town bands back when they could be local heroes. Intense and sporting superb drumming.

Rebel Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

On the slow and sludgy side, "Rebel Rock" is otherwise just what you'd expect if it were 1958. Greta drums, nasty tone, and a very period riff. Yikes!

Hillbilly Gospel Guitar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Boy is this dirty, maybe even as dirty as the pioneers of distortion tried for when they loosened tubes and cut their speaker cones. Raspy and jammy.