Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Brazilian Surf A-Go-Go: The Attack Of The Tiki Waves Vol. 1dotdotdotdot
artworkFirst off, let me warn you that i wrote the liner notes for this release. With that in mind, let me tell you that Brazilian Surf A-Go-Go: The Attack Of The Tiki Waves Vol. 1 is a very diverse and fun cross section of surf music from Brazil. There are some real gems here, and I think this gives you a pretty good idea of the creativity and sense of adventure that Brazilian surfbands seem to embrace.
Picks: Os Ambervisions - Quem Come Nao e Viado, Autoramas - Magma, Capitao Parafina e Os Haoles - Fugindo Desesperadamente do Helicoptero Malvado na Densa Selva Sombria e Humida e Com Muitos Perigos, Cochabambas - Tesoura Voadora, The Dead Rocks - Center Of The Universe, Estrume'n'tal - Meteoras, Monstros do Ula Ula - ArGhHhhhhh!, Pata de Elefante - Satuanograso, Os Pazuzus - A Maldicao Do Surf Sumerio, Los Pirata - Tid Bits, Proa - Palhacada, Os Retrofoguetes - A Fantastica Fuga De Magnlia Pussycat, Frank Simata - Premeiro Cameonato Mineiro de Surf, Super Stereo Surf - Corra Lola Corra, Surfadelica - Questionable Navigation, The Surfmotherfuckers - Sadomasofuckers, Los Tornados - Gypsy Surfer, The Violentures - Casbah Fever, Erik Von Zipper - Lullaby Of The Leaves

Track by Track Review


Os Ambervisions - Quem Come Nao e Viado dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From a spacy fuzz garage comes an ambient raucous riff rocker. On the punkier side of Os Ambervisions' setlist, "Quem Come Nao e Viado" is a relentless punkoidal thing that's all about the energy.

Autoramas - Magma dotdotdot
Metal Garage Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very heavy, dark, and sub-metal punkoidal threat. "Magma" pumps and grinds and just doesn't let up. It's not melodic, and its title is very appropriate. The melody line is compelling and cool, while the sound of the track ensures you understand that you are not safe.

Capitao Parafina e Os Haoles - Fugindo Desesperadamente do Helicoptero Malvado na Densa Selva Sombria e Humida e Com Muitos Perigos dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Fugindo Desesperadamente do Helicoptero Malvado na Densa Selva Sombria e Humida e Com Muitos Perigos" is a long title for a very cool track that mixes many ideas. Infectious and tribal and just too fun, as well as quite original. Big loud guitar and horn surf attack! Goodness, if big bands had understood the power of the glissando, reverb would have been invented 20 years earlier.

Cochabambas - Tesoura Voadora dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Delicate surf rhythms and catchy chord chops add primal attraction to a melody line that playfully flies a summery beeline from surf spot to spot. This is a very attractive and engaging number. I found myself coming back to "Tesoura Voadora" repeatedly, and enjoying it every time. The drums a pretty ambient, but the rhythm and childlike exuberance are totally infectious.

The Dead Rocks - Center Of The Universe dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Up tempo and full of panoramic surf imagery, coupled with thick whammy chords, "Center Of The Universe" is an epic tale of travel across great expanses in search of the ultimate curl. It's a very cool track!

Estrume'n'tal - Meteoras dotdotdotdot
Surf Grind (Instrumental)

Stinging whammy action brigs on a most disturbing and dangerous song. Grating nervous energy that absolutely will not release you.

Monstros do Ula Ula - ArGhHhhhhh! dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Death on the waves, kind of... The lead is very light, while the drums and bass are hard and heavy. That may be in part due the ambient nature of the recording, or it may be to create tension. Either way, "ArGhHhhhhh!" is fun and garagy, and seems like it's on it's way, but has not yet arrived.

Pata de Elefante - Satuanograso dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dangerous up and down glissandos and heavy dark guitars run amok above strong bass and drums. The breaks are very surfy and liquid, while the main verses are ominous and compelling. "Satuanograso" is a song that will bring you back for more. Very cool! This outfit has one of the more interesting surfband names (Pata de Elefante means Leg of Elephant) around.

Os Pazuzus - A Maldicao Do Surf Sumerio dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Sampled weirdness precedes a an edgy rock instro with a circulating riff and dark energy. Dangerous and angry, "A Maldicao Do Surf Sumerio" sports an understated intensity that creates nervousness.

Los Pirata - Tid Bits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fairly basic rocker with double picked guitar. The midsection is phase-shifted and presents strident guitar hero licks. It's funny how interesting this is despite being pretty basic. Almost a vocal, "Tid Bits" is permeated with the title vocalized throughout.

Proa - Palhacada dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Polka Lounge (Instrumental)

Verging on silly, "Palhacada" is like what might happen if the Toy Dolls were into cowboy lounge with fuzz. The grin factor is very big here, with the whole track just pumping with childlike coolness. There's no describing this beyond saying you just have to listen.

Os Retrofoguetes - A Fantastica Fuga De Magnlia Pussycat dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Fuzzy and attractively punk, "A Fantastica Fuga De Magnlia Pussycat" writhes with torrid energy and spunk. It's aggression is not angry, just slightly dark and very engaging. The demented stuff in the break unsettles your afternoon. Very cool!

Frank Simata - 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."

Super Stereo Surf - Corra Lola Corra dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A strait surf beat groovy bass line run beneath a feathery light rhythm and soft melody line. "Corra Lola Corra" is relatively unchanging, yet its tonal coolness are attractive. The tom toms tribally drive a very cool beak. I'm not usually drawn to tracks structured like this, but I found myself really enjoying this song.

Surfadelica - Questionable Navigation dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The often adventurous Surfadelica play a stereo-rhythm number with a bit of a brooding melody line. "Questionable Navigation" is not a reverb fest by any stretch, nor even double picked, yet it sure does project a coastal vision of riders on dark stormy walls. Excellent!

The Surfmotherfuckers - Sadomasofuckers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The always impolite Surfmotherfuckers deliver a dark and demo-sounding rager. There are adventurous active panning moments that capture attention. It's melodic enough and very big.

Los Tornados - Gypsy Surfer dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboy surfers ride across the cactus sands in search of dunes to surf. Great whammy slither, tremolo tremble, and a pure cowboy beat. "Gypsy Surfer" is a thoroughly enjoyable track that's spunky and infectious. I like this a lot.

The Violentures - Casbah Fever dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danger surf and steamy back street romance, heard through a harsh aural spectrum create a song with a sensual feeling and mysterious foreign intrigue. This is not the melodic variety of Middle Eastern surf instro, but is ore about the tension and uneasy nights. Very cool.

Erik Von Zipper - Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very Ventures-esq take on Bernice Petiere and Joe Young's "Lullaby Of The Leaves." This is one of those songs that just came alive when the Ventures brought whammy chords to it. Erik Von Zipper does not mess with a good thing.