Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Cadillac Hitmen - The Assassindotdotdotdot
artworkTake your beach huggin' buns out to the dude ranch, rope some, throw a few, brand even less, and ride the sweat of your brow, 'cuz the trails through desert call to you across the expanses of the great Southwest. A nice mix of elements, including some surf and many tracks that would fit right in without even a whimper. Solid CD.
Picks: Black Hills, Desert Floor, Fistful Of Amphetamines, Lonestar State Of Mind, Eldorado, The Stalker, The Assassin, The Downhill Slide, Flowmaster, Bullwhip, The Incident At Nacho Grande

Track by Track Review


Black Hills dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The smooth lead guitar over the crunchy rhythm seems to blend cowboys, surf, pasta and the American way. It's melodic, pretty, gutsy, and infectious. A solid track to open the CD with. It is both delicate and full bodied.

Desert Floor dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering low-E vibrato guitar spews out images of mystic landscapes populated with cacti and gilla monsters basking in the afternoon sun... a very pretty song, melodic and sandy.

Fistful Of Amphetamines dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzzy edgie, semi-melodic, nervous cowboy driven thunder. Too repetitious for my taste.

Lonestar State Of Mind dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Texas on my mind, and the melody line is ambling down the cattle trail. OK, but unremarkable.

Eldorado dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky, melodic, infectious, country fried, and coming to a theater near you. This track is quite good, has a pleasing sound, and sports an adequate supply of outdoors energy. The changes at the break are nice. Rhythmic and rolling.

The Stalker dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A certain tension drives this track from it's subtle start, through it's ominous build up, to it's surfy solo. The infectious rhythm track makes for a good listen. I like this a lot!

The Assassin dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Evil, howling, feedback ridden, surf driven, desert dried, with the soul of a rattler. This has many fine changes, a cool melody, a ton of edge, and a heap of energy. besides that, it's HOT!

The Downhill Slide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pretty soothing track with a very relaxing sound. The guitar has a certain attraction that's hard to avoid. Appealing and interesting. A few dramatic whammies, and you're hooked.

Flowmaster dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky, plunky, stampeded by mustangs, this track hauls your butt down the gulch looking for relief. A nice track.

Bullwhip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast and chunky, spirited, whammified, surfy, Southwest imagery, thundering toms, and a goboon of energy, all combine to assault and delight. Did I mention infectious?

The Incident At Nacho Grande dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Holy Cheese Whiz! What a great title! A very bluesy cowpokin' thing that starts off soft enough, but gradually gains body via volume and energy. The melody hook is infectious, but the break is pedestrian rock guitar hero stuff.