Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Cocktail Preachers - Open Bar Confessiondotdotdotdot
artworkMany fine instros here, with strong melodies and solid arrangements. This is off the beaten path and very interesting, as well as well played and arranged. A fine album. There are two vocals also on the disc, "Hillbilly Pretty" and "Nine Inch Lightning."
Picks: Banzai, Highball Holiday, Tarmac, Baja, Margarita Meltdown, Point Panic, I Think It Means Death, Last Ride, Roswell Surf Report, Drink Donna

Track by Track Review


Banzai dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a Ramones "hey ho let's go" cheer, the lads open with a classic surf jam, incorporating licks from various surf epics. Infectious and fun, it's a kind of introduction to the genre for the uninitiated, and a review for fans. Very nicely done.

Highball Holiday dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is rhythmic and rich, in a pure surf arrangement. The melody is optimistic and very cool. "Highball Holiday" sports great whammy and a sense of "Telstar" on the waves. Fine track.

Tarmac dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double pick grumbly lines adventurously intermingles with shimmering whammy and tribal cool. "Tarmac" has a fine melody line, with a bit of Mexican surf and lots of tribal surf power. Excellent!

Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a delicate version of Lee Hazelwood's great "Baja." Purely delicate and reverbed delightfully. The restrained interpretation displays just how versatile this song is. An excellent arrangement!

Margarita Meltdown dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very cool track, with tribal drums and splashy Mexican airs. The melody line is really infectious, and over this rhythm section, it sparkles. Moody and exuberant, and dramatic too. An excellent piece of music.

Point Panic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surfaris' second single "Point Panic" is covered with flair and energy. Not entirely reverent, but updated with trio power. Totally cool!

I Think It Means Death dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow shimmering vibrato guitar and soft bass and drums throb out an understated and delicate tune in a subdued bow to "Harlem Nocturne." Very pretty in a moody way.

Last Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Powerful tom toms drive this excellent track. Melody plus tribal drums and fluid bass equals a powerful and durable surf track. The Supertones' "Last Ride" is wonderfully infectious in a cool vein. Splash and a great beat.

Roswell Surf Report dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sirens emanate from the theremin, warning of the bruising rhythm and circular riffs to come. The melody line is unusual, and circles several times before settling into a dissonant chord basher. It's a little like the rolling swells that rise to curl before crashing into the rocks. It's all here.

Drink Donna dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lumbering bass and drums support inebriated whammy and stinging tone. "Drink Donna" uses an unusual structure for surf. The delicate damped plucking in the break drips out a circular surf riff that's extra cool, perhaps worthy of its own song. Rising to double picked glissandos and runs, it finally settles back into the lumber gate. Very cool.