Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Coffin Daggers - Monsters From The IDdotdotdot
A mix of previously issued material, marginal spooky stuff, and a superb double header of "Caravan," Monsters From The ID is a good bet. Cool packaging and fun, primal music.
Picks: Coffin Dagger, Parasite, Spooky, Smoke, But First... The Tranya!, Caravan

Track by Track Review


Coffin Dagger dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Coffin Dagger" is a dark and dangerous song with an evil tone and riff. Not melodic exactly, but Middle Eastern and threatening. Lots of energy here, and great drums.

Shark Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

Borgo Pass dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some engaging things happening here, with cool guitar licks and haunted keys. "Borgo Pass" is rather original. Great drum work, and some fine playing from all.

Monsters From The ID dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a slow and tortured graveyard version of "Church key," this is a plodding and ghoulish track with a real monsters on the loose feeling, in the fifties b-movie way.

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 Heinous Mr. Hyde dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Heinous Mr. Hyde" is a disturbing number with a slow stomping beat and organ-guitar struggles for command.

Haunted Pad dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Warbled elstro-noise opens before the organ lounges its way in for a pretty goofy ride. "Haunted Pad" is on the silly side, way more fun than cool.

Something Wicked This Way Comes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chord and drum drama, glissandos, and intense minimal melody. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is louder than it is engaging. Excellent double picking, though it is applied to not much of a melody.

Parasite dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Parasite" is an interesting song with a catchy guitar riff and haunted organ. It seems to be thematically ghostly in some ways, and verging on dangerous. Nice track.

Evil Eye dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Working on haunted thrills, "Evil Eye" is an odd number with an original structure in places. Some fine playing too.

Spooky dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An easy monster bass line, tremolo soaked guitar, and a fifties mood. "Spooky" waits a while for the lead guitar to come along. The melody riff is nicely developed, as is the arrangement.

Smoke dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and moody, "Smoke" seems tangentially inspired by "Harlem Nocturne," but is not ominous like that. It slowly grows on you, eventually soothing the savage beast without relieving his fear. Strange, but cool.

But First... The Tranya! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"But First... The Tranya!" is like part one of "Caravan". This stands out for several reasons. First, it retains a healthy nod to the early big band arrangements. Second, the organ's groan gives it a graveyard feeling. Third, the guitar lines verge in disturbed at times. And, then there are those glissandos. Quite satisfying.

Caravan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky organ and piano over tribal drums create an exotica "Riders On The Storm" kind of thing that starts off seeming to be dismissible, but evolves into a very cool piece. Dramatic and engaging, with rising intensity. Eventually yielding to "Caravan" to bring it full circle.