Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Big Trip 2001dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is quite a collection of Brazilian surf bands. Why they haven't gotten their music outside Brazil is a mystery. many fine tracks, lots of traditional and modern surf sounds, plenty of Brazilian percussion and feeling, and some very good writing. The cover is deceiving... you wouldn't guess there was any surf here. It's a great CD. There are also a pair of rap/punk vocals from Lobao and Anti Demon.
Picks: Take Over, Sonadora, O Espiao Que Surfava, Bolero, Premeiro Cameonato Mineiro de Surf, El Caminho, Fator de Protecao Solar 50, Seaducers, Dick Dale na Terra da Ipioca, 120, Mare Vermilha, Malaria, Out Sider, Pancho, Tubo da Morte, Vacalgada, Tornado

Track by Track Review


Take Over dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Opening with a radio style intro, Dux launch into a very cool riff rockin' rockabilly instro with exotic drums blending the rockabilly style with a bit of Latin More a riff rocker than melodic, yet very cool and infectious.

Sonadora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sonadora" is a very interesting Spanish/Middle Eastern flavored tune with the formality of Flamenco and the emotional intensity of a tango. The lush arranging is quite professional, and it lends itself to the exceptional playing and writing. This is a great track.

O Espiao Que Surfava dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Very aggressive edgy guitar over punk drums, based on a relentless progression. Melodic in places, and satisfying in about 1:45. Very modern, with lots of anger in very dark waters.

Bolero dotdotdotdot
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)

"Bolero" brings a melodic fluid lead line to a crunchy rhythm and power backtrack. Hugely cool!

Premeiro Cameonato Mineiro de Surf dotdotdot
Roots Rock (Instrumental)

"Premeiro Cameonato Mineiro de Surf" is based on chunky riff-melodic guitar roots rock with a sense of the shoreline and lots of spunk. Not exactly in the surf groove, yet fits well with surf music. Frank Simata is a band named after Frank Sinatra. "Simata" is something like "kills himself."

El Caminho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a curiously interesting track. The rhythm section is doing this entirely non-surf thing, while the lead guitar is double picking reverbed surf with Spanish salt water credentials. It's an odd combination that works very well. I find myself coming back to this track frequently.

Fator de Protecao Solar 50 dotdotdot
Post Surf (Instrumental)

"Fator de Protecao Solar 50" sports a semi-spy sound with dry guitar and a stop-start drama. The guitar sweeps through tonal bands at times, reminding me of the way the Mallards did "Tsunami" live.

Seaducers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is very splashy, with lots of rhythm and a fine surf melody. Latin percussion and even a horn section drive this hard. It's like a fast version of the Eliminators with more exotic splash and less chunk. A great infectious track.

Dick Dale na Terra da Ipioca dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Yikes! "Dick Dale na Terra da Ipioca" is really fast and furious, like a melodic version of the Torpedoes, with "The Wedge" built in. Hard driving and raucous. Fiery and big.

120 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfy and fanciful, "120" bounces and lunges on a rockabilly beat. Fast double picked guitar played with flying fingers, and lost of fire. It's a manic track that will not let you rest.

Mare Vermilha dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mare Vermilha" is a crunchy driven surf number with solid guitar, rhythmic percussion, and crunchy glissandoes. I'm not sure it conjures vermilion sea images, but it sure does shout "surf's up!" Powerful and magnetic.

Malaria dotdotdotdotdot
Brash Tropical Surf (Instrumental)

Latin groove, splashy surf guitar, rhythmic thunder, and lots of exotic sound. Horns augment some guitar lines, and counter others. Really infectious! Amazingly cool.

Out Sider dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Rock instro groove with rockabilly influences and roots sensibilities, like something from Austin on a hot day... very fun, with lots of furious guitar work. Nice track!

Pancho dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Spitfire rockabilly splash and groove for a new wave of firebrand rock and roll. The fifties style, modern speed and power, and lots of energy without being overbearing. Infectious, like the Cadillac Angels with an exotic edge. It all ends in a cacophony of gunfire and entropy.

Tubo da Morte dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

"Turbodamorte" a.k.a. "Tubo da Morte" is a fast punk drummed instro with a speedy lead line and electro noises interspersed. dark and gloomy, yet melodic. Hopelessness surely lurks here.

Vacalgada dotdotdotdot
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)

The jaws harp adds a kind of inverted hickoidal ethic to this very thick track. "Vacalgada" moves at 80 mph down an open highway, with no lack of charm and power.

Tornado dotdotdotdot
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked grodie groove with aquatic sensibilities and dark themes. The break sports very cool riffs and percussion. "Tornado" powers and grinds, with the dark surf just off shore.