Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Big Sunday (Live KFJC 2010.5.16)dotdotdotdot
artworkTwo great performance by two fine bands playing live on KFJC on May 16, 2010. Very strong all the way around. Go see both these bands live.
Picks: Pollo Del Mar - Teleport - Cutlass Supreme, Tsunami Struck, Teke, Teke, Teke, Peaches en Regalia, Surf Party, Flash Of Green, Dark Side Of The Mushroom, Star Trek, Jonny Foo: Ninja Chiropractor, Magyara, Medley [Rumble], Pose Of Awareness, The TomorrowMen - Maelstrom, Phistful of Photons, El Condor Pasa, Runaway From Zardoz, Burrito Pirate, Momentium, Hot Doggin', Midnight At The Chrono Lab, Mobius Transformation, Claire de Lune, Run Ripley Run, Ricochet - Intruder

Track by Track Review


Pollo Del Mar - Teleport - Cutlass Supreme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pollo Del Mar opens the show with their own classic from their earliest days, "Teleport." It's lost none of its surf charm and groove. Glissandos and great drum work. Jono and Ferenc duel in grand style. "Teleport" segues right into "Cutlass Supreme," which sounds as good as ever.

Pollo Del Mar - Tsunami Struck dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surf Coasters firebrand "Tsunami Struck" is a great vehicle for Pollo Del Mar. Glissandos, charging bass and drums, and dueling guitars. Sparkling energy and tone.

Pollo Del Mar - Teke, Teke, Teke dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The superb "Teke, Teke, Teke" from The Mach IV, and later Frankie and the Pool Boys, is very well suited for Pollo Del Mar, but then as these bands share members, that wouldn't be a surprise. Brilliantly written and executed, the song is infectious, commanding, uplifting, and wonderful! Great drums, a perfect bass line, and all that reverb! This is simply the best!

Pollo Del Mar - Peaches en Regalia dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Peaches en Regalia" has long been my favorite Frank Zappa song. Pollo Del Mar retain the angular jazziness, but always make it their own. Powerful, moody, and soaring on wings of fancy. Magnificent.

Pollo Del Mar - Surf Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Beverly and William Dunham wrote "Surf Party," which first surfaced from The Astronauts on the soundtrack to film of the same name. Pollo Del Mar play with is just enough to give it their signature sound and feel. Excellent!

Pollo Del Mar - Flash Of Green dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Flash Of Green" is a song that goes back a ways in Pollo Del Mar's arsenal. Its circular melody continues to engage me. This is a moody and mysterious song, with wonderful flow and interesting chords. Psychedelic surf.

Pollo Del Mar - Dark Side Of The Mushroom dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dark Side Of The Mushroom" came into Pollo Del Mar's set for inclusion on a developing Richard Podolor tribute. Podolor wrote it, the Chocolate Watchband released it, and Pollo Del Mar transformed it from just cool to a psych surf monster. This is the arrangement they ended up recording in studio. Long sustain, slowly shifting phase and wah wah, and the soul of the night. Yeah!

Pollo Del Mar - Star Trek dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The theme to "Star Trek" has seen a couple of surf covers, but I have to say that Pollo Del Mar easily do the most listenable. It's grin-laden, but not at all embarrassing like the others. Well done, lads!

Pollo Del Mar - Jonny Foo: Ninja Chiropractor dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea album comes "Jonny Foo: Ninja Chiropractor" in all its glory. Dramatic and rockin', powerful and sophisticated, and very fluid. Totally cool!

Pollo Del Mar - Magyara dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mediterranean coolness is pervasive in "Magyara." Its fluid writing and arranging are self-evident. It has adventure and romance, and surf liquidity.

Pollo Del Mar - Medley [Rumble] dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This medley erupts with Link Wray's "Rumble" in glorious double picked distortion. It's quite a monster. It transitions into feedback and drums deluxe, eventually yielding to a fine new melody and plenty of cool whammy. Thoroughly cool!

Pollo Del Mar - Pose Of Awareness dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pose Of Awareness" is a new song with some very nice arranging ideas. It moves fluidly between quiet muted and long sustain. The two guitars play off each other with drama and art. This is a superb piece of music!

The TomorrowMen - Maelstrom dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Maelstrom" is a rich surf instro with a splendid melody and rich tone. It's adventurous and twangy, with splendid energy and trembling shimmer. Glissandos and tremolo finish it off.

The TomorrowMen - Unidentified dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I don't know what the title of this is, but its glissandos and double pick liquid flow and superb drums rule! This is full of energy and reverb coolness. It drives with sparkle and relentless drum energy. Excellent!

The TomorrowMen - El Condor Pasa dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Daniel Alomias Robles and Jorge Milchberg's classic melody is really well done here. Slow, but not at all light weight. Splendid lead guitar and drums, with rock solid rhythm guitar and bass. Half way through, "El Condor Pasa" doubles its pace for speed surf charm. Excellent!

The TomorrowMen - Runaway From Zardoz dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Twang! Marvels' "Runaway From Zardoz" is covered with speed and reverb for a fine splashy ride. Its bouzouki flair and excellent energy as wonderful.

The TomorrowMen - Burrito Pirate dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Flying lead guitar and drums power atop infectious rhythm guitar and rock solid bass. Surfin' food so to speak, with twang and charm. The rhythm guitar's very supportive lines in the break are a testament to the player. Great energy.

The TomorrowMen - Momentium dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Crunchy and open road adventurous, with a vacation on the map. "Momentium" has a sunny disposition. Great whammy chords and drums. The arrangement works really well - beefy without being invasive. I like this.

The TomorrowMen - Hot Doggin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Astronauts' "Hot Doggin'" is done with a little less chunk and grand drums. Its faster, but not as powerful. A nice cover.

The TomorrowMen - Midnight At The Chrono Lab dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Midnight At The Chrono Lab" has a slight silliness about it, but in a negative sense. Tremolo throb, rich reverb, and gentle drama. This is very film-score-ish at times.

The TomorrowMen - Mobius Transformation dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Superb energy and splash, with great drums and twang. "Mobius Transformation" flies along on a bed of liquid tone and adventure. Yeah...

The TomorrowMen - Claire de Lune dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune" is not often done as a surf instro, but The TomorrowMen really make it shine. Whammy, warmth, and watery flow. Very enjoyable.

The TomorrowMen - Run Ripley Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One might expect a fast exuberant song with a title like "Run Ripley Run." That's just what we have here. Spunky and charging with optimism, this song is hard not to like. Stylish and driven by great drums.

The TomorrowMen - Ricochet - Intruder dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ricochet" is a Madeira song. The TomorrowMen do it with flair and power. The interplay between the drums and lead guitar are very strong. Rich and powerful. It segues into The Surf Coasters' "Intruder" in all its fire and power. These two songs work well together. A fine performance.