Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Coffin Daggers - Shark Attack, Jack The Ripperdotdotdot
artworkOn the suave side of the lounge surf aisle at times, and at others with twang and interesting ideas, the Coffin Daggers use subtle changes in arrangement to great affect when covering familiar standards. The organ takes many of the leads, but not all. This is a rough mix demo cut on a 4 track. I would guess that once real studio tracks are cut and properly mixed, especially as they write new material, the Coffin Daggers eventual CD release will be rock solid.
Picks: Jack The Ripper, Penetration, Avenue X, Shark Attack, A Shot In The Dark, The Cruel Sea, Outer Limits, Mr. Moto, Rumble II, Apache, Rumble I, Sleep Walk, Bulldog, Baja, Spudnik

Track by Track Review


Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Link Rock (Instrumental)

This is an aggressive sustained performance of Link Wray's "Jack The Ripper." The organ whirling gives it a sense of innocent insanity while the guitar retains the piercing drive. The extreme vibrato verse is very appealing. This version has grown on me over time. Pretty cool.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Pyramids' "Penetration" driven from the Ventures' arrangement. Mostly straight forward, but with a little more edge.

Avenue X dotdotdot
Lounge Surf (Instrumental)

This cool tune sounds like a Los Straitjackets and Henry Mancini in a blender, swirled not shaken by Jake (Bomboras). Smooth, fluid, and very cool.

Shark Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pumpin' organ, throbbing bass, eerie danger, and even a hint of Jaws. Pretty fun.

A Shot In The Dark dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's "A Shot In The Dark" is very nicely dished out with the cheesiest organ ever.

The Cruel Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Dakotas' tune plunges under the breakers in an aggressive and fluid arrangement. There's not really anything new here, yet it doesn't just get lost in the sea of covers of this song.

Outer Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a little extra sting and an organ grinder swing, the Coffin Daggers flirt with the Mar-Ketts' "Outer Limits" like it's a carnival ride.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aggro guitar tones drive the Belairs' "Mr. Moto" (1961) against the backdrop of the organ for an entirely different feel. The pace is moderate, almost restrained, yet it seems appropriate because of the organ's influence.

Rumble II dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Shadows' "The Rumble II" all gussied out with great tribal percussion and smooth delivery. Infectious and quite fun.

Apache dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The expected string swipes are missing a la the Shadows, but in their place are nifty damped pluck chords, giving "Apache" just enough freshness to stay above the radar.

Rumble I dotdotdotdot
Link Rock (Instrumental)

The Linkster's growling masterpiece is interpreted with big sustain and a different second guitar effect. They go through the gradually increasing vibrato and double pick the chords as they should. Pretty cool.

Sleep Walk dotdotdotdot
Sock Hop Surf (Instrumental)

With more sock hop pomp than the Diamonds, this bottleneck interpretation of Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk" is big and very cool, even a little mean. Very nice.

Bulldog dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This venerable instro seems to survive many interpretations, including this slightly harsh sorta Nashville flavored treatment.

Baja dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Are there any bad version of "Baja?" Arranged a little like Jon and the Nightriders and a little like the Lancers, the Coffin Daggers do a reverent and appealing version with vibrato second guitar and fine lead work.

Spudnik dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

"Spudnik" aka "Surf Rider" arranged much like the Ventures did it. Smooth and very Nokie Edwards feeling.