Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Captain Ahab and the Sea Crackens - Tormenta Perfectadotdotdotdot
artworkGrungy modern surf assault with good writing and strong performances. Interesting use of keys in often dark melodies played with serious attack. Aggressive, tough, and compelling.
Picks: The Ballad Of Johnny Surfelstein, Bilderberg Boogie, Fall Down, Surf Ninja, Transylvania

Track by Track Review


The Ballad Of Johnny Surfelstein dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody here is cinematic and the arrangement sweeping and dungeonous. There are flying glissandos and significant power throughout. There is a familiar run in the beginning of the primary riff from "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that sets up the theme," but it diverges quickly.

Bilderberg Boogie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bilderberg Boogie" is very surf, from the muted rhythm pattern and aquatic drama, to the ocean's gentle lapping. The lead is darkly double picked, while the keys play bell-like shimmering notes. This is highly original and very engaging.

Fall Down dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and murky, "Fall Down" uses organ to create some of the Pipeline mystique, while the band plays dungeonous danger surf. This is big and dramatic, with serious pomp and menacing arranging. The middle is just gentle kick drum and guitar, but otherwise, this song pummels.

Surf Ninja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

dark double picked slaughter, horror screams, big whammy chords, and an evil sound. "Surf Ninja" is relentless in its monster attack.

Transylvania dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Transylvania" churns and rips with aggressive tone and a reverb wash. The melody line is strong, and the glissandos work quite well. The keys give it a late sixties edge.