Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Cavernarios - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkNine instrumentals and a handful of vocals show off this fine band. Most of the instros are exceptional. I've searched high and low and do not see this for sale anywhere, but it's on some free download sites.
Picks: La Fuga, El Bravo, Guitarra Estrella, Paraiso En Las Rockas, El Ahogado, Todos Santos, Cactus, Jikury, Untitled Instrumental

Track by Track Review


La Fuga dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moaning chant's tortured call in a dungeonous cavern gives way to a great surf melody with an adventurous rhythm. Double picked lines ring out the lead while a dramatic backtrack drives it home.

El Bravo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the reverb crash opener through the double picked melody riff, "El Bravo" is a grand track with flailing glissandos and a great melody line. The Mexican flavor of the break's dueling guitars is superb. Excellent track!

Guitarra Estrella dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Guitarra Estrella" is a double picked number with a kind of Jon and the Nightriders melody at times, but with a European slant. It's hard not to like this, with it's fluid motion oriented sound. Very cool!

Paraiso En Las Rockas dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rockin' backtrack, dribbling glissandos, infectious rhythms, and a splashy melody, with muted lines and big watery chords add up to a very cool surf instro! The wonder of the thing is its drama and short board imagery. Really cool!

El Ahogado dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine track sounds like it's right outta Southern California, with an eye on Baja. "El Ahogado" is nicely arranged and very infectious. Great guitar interaction, with trading lead-rhythm roles. I like this a lot!

Todos Santos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich dark chords splash dangerously as a delicate melody suggests an exciting ride. "Todos Santos" is all surf, with a ton of whammy chords and ominous thunder. In some ways, this reminds me of The Eliminators. Bright optimism in the break offsets the menace that is the chunky chord structure. Wonderful!

Cactus dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom tom and guitar chunk together in the intro, and then the rhythm guitar pounds out big chords as the lead guitar plays a delicate and galloping melody line. The break is a variation of the break from Apache, and is a superb bridge between verses. Big drama, western imagery, and liquid reverb charm. I like this a lot.

Jikury dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A galloping cowboy rhythm churns infectiously this infectious Spanish desert epic. "Jikury" is all about rhythm and layered textures. The very simple melody is double picked in splashy style. In the midsection, the guitars launches into tortured psychedelic string bending and mind deception. What a great idea, and very well executed!

Untitled Instrumental dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Following an unlisted vocal out at the end of the last track, this uncredited intro lies in wait. It's all boomy and garagy, with big distortion and more rock than surf, yet its infectious energy carries the day.