Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Cave 4 - On The Stripdotdotdot
artworkOverall, I enjoy this CD. While it doesn't cover much new ground, it does have a satisfying quality about it. It is a mix of some solid performances, basic surfisms, some fresh ideas, some not so fresh, some reinvention and some average covers. It suffers from over reverbed demo sound. It contains 11 surf instros and 6 garage vocals. All in all, fun and worth a spin, especially if your orientation is garage surf.
Picks: Duke Of Slots, Race Of Atlantis, 1000 Pound B, On The Strip, Penetration, Sleazy, Bombora, Out Of Limits, Baja, Golden Nugget, Mr. Moto

Track by Track Review


Duke Of Slots dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick reverby riff rockin' music found here. The lead riff is dark and sorta spooky. With lots of drum energy and adequate speed, this number moves through it's verses somewhat predictable, but always pleasantly.

Race Of Atlantis dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is ultra cool. It's a ragin' rearrangement of the Road Runners' "Road Runnah" (B-side to "Quasimodo"), a tune that is both relatively obscure and long overdue for a solid cover. It has slightly less fire, but plenty of modern edge and surf feel.

1000 Pound B dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the classic "The 1000 lb. Bee." It is solidly performed, but there is nothing new happening here.

On The Strip dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy thick murky evil surf, oozing danger from the floaters off Sewer Peak. The floaters aren't scary, just a must to avoid. The song, on the other hand, is a solid wall of over reverbed riff surf. It's trad format and garage sound create an image of a menacing stormy day break.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Over covered tunes should be reinterpreted if the "just another cover" label is to be avoided. It's very good, just missing that special something to set it apart from the pack, or make it more than an excellent set filler.

Sleazy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If it was the summer of '63, you might hear this emanating from a neighbor's garage. It's a simple riff, but so very surfy and pretty dark. Thick murky reverb, a basic riff, and a nice change in the break.

Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Atlantics' slowed down, made really mean, and much more surfy than the original and most of the covers out there. The tempo reduction really brings home the potential, replacing the almost cartoon speed with deliberate danger. Very cool.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More dangerous, and certainly thicker, but otherwise not particularly notable. But wait, the improved darkness of the break and the jammed out third verse in the second half of the track save it from the ordinary pile.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There are almost no bad versions of "Baja." This is not adventurous, but it is satisfying. Some variations in the melody line and the thickness of the sound set it apart. It is the second half that shines with more imagination.

Golden Nugget dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moderately tempoed trad structured surf with some spaghetti elements and some TV theme ideas as well. I'm not sure it stands out exactly. The melody isn't real strong, but the chords work well, and the lasting impression is of satisfaction.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very garagie, not original, not quite right, and not very reverent. It didn't really work for me.