Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Category5 - Surf's Really Up!dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the expanded seven song demo from a short lived surf band from Florida, which is really a shame. The tension in their sound was incredibly intense. Category5 featured an ex-Surf Piranhas rhythm guitarist.
Picks: Every Body Up, Joy Ride, Sunset Beach, Four On The Floor, Squad Car, K-39, Baja

Track by Track Review


Every Body Up dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about as hot as it gets. The Fender IV song pumped to the max, throbbing with butt-kickery, and slammed with major edge.

Joy Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This melodic mid tempo piece is fluid and full bodied. The melody is not quite happy, but certainly motion oriented like a drive on an open road. Some kinda cool feel... you can almost smell the blacktop.

Sunset Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sentinals song, arranged as the Surf Piranhas did it, but with more edge. It's an interesting treatment, with the same ska back beat as the Surf Piranhas, but with the added intensity, it demands attention while singing of tropical islands. Exceptional.

Four On The Floor dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pumped up riff rockin' progressional thing, more jam than song, but with a mess off energy.

Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An outstanding cover of Eddie & the Showmen's familiar tune, driven with intensity and edge. Nerve shatter until this high powered rendition ends, leaving you breathless.

K-39 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Among the Challengers best tunes is brought to new power and life in this great track. Big driven sound, intensity, and just plain edge. Fully modern and yet reverent.

Baja dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like Link Wray might arrange "Baja," thick and high powered. This is a superb arrangement, with lots of energy, big chords, damped pluckery, and big punch. Lee Hazelwood would either be proud or bowled over. Either way, this is great! Nothing like the Astronauts, more punched up than the Packards, edgier than the Lancers, and darn close in texture to the Thrusters.