Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Charles Napiers - Square Root Of Evildotdot
artworkThis is the first e.p. from the Charles Napiers. The sound is crude, even intentionally bad, and the playing generally sloppy. Some hints of future coolness,lurk in the grooves.
Picks: Harry Slegde, Moon Over Shoreditch, Blue Onions, Don Juan, A Shot In The Dark, Persuaders, A, B, and C, Human Jungle

Track by Track Review

Harry Slegde dot
Garage Trash (Instrumental)

"Harry Slegde" is a trashy garage progression riff rock number. No melody, just energy. Harsh left and right stereo split sound continues the trashy ethic.

Moon Over Shoreditch dotdotdot
Garage Trash Surf (Instrumental)

A whining slide guitar backing up a nice little melody and a garage backtrack... There's an unexpected magnetism about this track. Thick harsh sound, and intense guitaristry. The blues harp is a nice touch.

Blue Onions dotdotdot
Garage Trash Blues (Instrumental)

Blues and an obvious influence... a solid Memphis style blues jam with a considerable edge. Funny how something so simple can attract. The dissonant sounds of out of tune guitars somehow adds.

Don Juan dotdot
Garage Trash Blues (Instrumental)

"Don Juan" is a thick blues harp and slide guitar assault, intense and big, with a few narrated lines.

A Shot In The Dark dotdot
Garage Trash Spy (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's "A Shot In The Dark" gets the trash and grind treatment under the mondo mung hands of the Charles Napiers. Only slightly interesting.

Persuaders dot
Garage Trash Spy (Instrumental)

Big chop garage guitar, a fuzz riff, and the feel of a slightly cleaned up Billy Childish kinda sound. Too repetitious.

A, B, and C dotdotdot
Garage Trash Spy (Instrumental)

"A, B, and C" is sorta like an inverted "Charade," with the dementia of dissonant sound and quirk as art. melodic and tingly, with an ugliness coexisting with a catchiness.

Human Jungle dotdotdot
Garage Trash Flute Surf (Instrumental)

A distant space surf darkness and a flute from the underbelly of Herbie Mann, all sludged out for a weirdly interesting track despite it's highly repetitive nature. reverbed, spatially open, jazzy and dangerous. "Human Jungle" is quite an adventure in the dark reaches of back alleys and waterfront warehouses.