Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Los Coronas - Caliente Calientedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a spectacular CD. I've had a soft spot for Los Coronas for a number of years, but this shows so much growth that I'm blown away. The recording is excellent, well mixed, and with incredibly well recorded drums. The musical presentation is a very strong and intense blend of surf and rock 'n' roll. Like a tuff after hours blues experience at Waimea.
Picks: Hacha De Guerra, R'n'R Renegade, Youza, High Sierra, Day Tripper, Honky Tonk, Capra, The Wedge, Last Wave, Surfin Serenade, Go Kato Go, Derrapaje, Secret Agent Man, La Huida

Track by Track Review

Hacha De Guerra dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Thundering tom toms launch into a rompin' rhythmic number with a melody line that calls to Spaghetti West."Hacha De Guerra" is an infectious track with a galloping rhythm and lots of energy. Quite spectacular.

R'n'R Renegade dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Thickly textured rock 'n' roll spunk and groove. "R'n'R Renegade" employs combo rock, jam power, and go-go rhythms. Tuff and edgy.

Youza dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Intense hard-edged twang backing an espionage escapade. Great rhythm, pulsing bass, a galloping gate, and an infectious hook. In some ways, "Youza" reminds me "Hawaii Five-0," though it's a long way from that song. Heavy, powerful, and way cool.

High Sierra dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Taking its time at a leisurely pace, "High Sierra" is a solid and moody piece with intriguing semi-military drums, haunting guitar, and solemn bass. A bit of spy, a touch of spaghetti, and an enticing European feel. This is quite a cool track.

Day Tripper dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The Beatles' "Day Tripper" is toughened up and instrumentalized with edge and pumpin' energy. Bigger than the mop-tops, more genuinely rock 'n' roll, and quite effective.

Honky Tonk dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Bill Dogget's sultry "Honky Tonk" hasn't sounded this good in ages! Solid, edgy, rockin' smooth, and bluesy without being particularly derivative. Excellent!

Capra dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A long glissando thrusts you right into the middle of "Capra," a surf-rock pumper that's tuff, powerful, and aggressive. It straddles the line between rock and surf, using both genres to great effect. Excellent.

The Wedge dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

One of Dick Dale's signature songs is rocked and rolled and surfed to perfection. This is perhaps the most interesting arrangement since the Detonators slowed it way down. "The Wedge" is full of energy and twin guitar drive, tuff glissandoes, and pumpin' power from the bass and drums.

Last Wave dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Another surfish rocker, "Last Wave" is gruff and hard edged, yet melodic. Great rhythm and intense guitaristry without wankage. Great track!

Surfin Serenade dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a light weight track that has edge. A little reminiscent of 3 Balls of Fire, with a catchy rhythm. Suave, yet not at all soft.

Go Kato Go dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Double picked aggressive, drum powered, bass pumped, and well developed. "Go Kato Go" calls to the surf in a short board world of liquid danger. Intense, powerful, and very aquatic.

Derrapaje dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Big whammy twang and aggressive swirl via keys. "Derrapaje" is an intense experience. More about energy than melody perhaps, but thundering and commanding nonetheless.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Phil Sloane's TV spy ditty that was a hit for Johnny Rivers is adapted to a more rock combo sound, and the result is fresh and cool. Powerful yet reverent. The twin guitars duel to create interesting effects with the lead. It draws you in.

La Huida dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a tuff bluesy angst fest with big guitar, spy underpinnings, and a bottle of whisky on the table. Very edgy.