Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Banzai! Compilation No 10dotdotdot
artworkSix surf instros grace this very strong collection of bands, mostly from Germany and surrounds. The CD comes with the current edition of Banzai magazine, which is published by Kamikaze Records. The mag is in German, and includes interviews with Dick Dale, Slacktone, the Dynotones, and the Mermen.
Picks: Shark Next Door, Fasten Seatbelts, Luna Tiki, The Money Shaker, The Joker Is Wild, Damonen Order Was?

Track by Track Review


Shark Next Door dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fast and infectious track with play in mind and a structure and sound that cross that aural qualities of trad with the spirit of the Surf Coasters. Glorious dribbling glissandoes and splashy reverb abound! Totally cool!

Fasten Seatbelts dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast and furious aggressive modern surf loaded with fire and glissando mayhem, and fronted by a strong melody line and a large supply of energy! Totally cool and rambunctious. Great drums, solid bass, and electric fire in the guitar. It's also very nicely produced.

Luna Tiki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Luna Tiki" is a fast and trad based surf rage with fast picking and dribbling double picking. Spirited and extraordinarily catchy, the melody merges strong surf influences and spy mystery. In some way, it's like a cross between the Halibuts and the Surf Trio. Really nice track.

The Money Shaker dotdotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

This bluesy number is somewhat reminiscent of the old east LA sound... horns, the soul rhythm, and the spirit all speak of the Rhythm Kings or the Atlantics. Very cool!

The Joker Is Wild dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Super aggressive garage guitar fuzz surf for the modern edge. Sounding way too aggressive for a French band (with the exception of the Flying Padovani's), Not Of This Earth At The Booboos fly through a raw garage surf rage with complete abandon. The riff is strong, and the fire in their belly certainly blazes loud and clear.

Damonen Order Was? dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Damonen Order Was?" is a very surfable afternoon swell rider with a minimalist melody line and a relaxing sunny attitude, with is displaced by the frequent intrusion of dangerous and fatal samples of all sorts. It's an odd mix, especially given the very pleasant surf instro beneath the din.