Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Double Overheaddotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis year's KFJC Surf fundraising CD is called Double Overhead, a title borrowed from Bernard Yin. 21 bands share the spotlight on disc one, and King Of Hawaii play 12 killers on disc two. This is the best yet, in my humble opinion. many thanks to Ferenc Dobronyi for the artwork (as usual), and to all of the bands and their labels for donating these great performances exclusively for this limited edition release.

You can get you copy at kfjc.org.
Picks: Solaris Stomp, Carmela, Black Sea, At The Rabbi's Table, Beach Bound, The Green Flash, Indian Nation, The Savage, Malibu Run, Border Patrol, Jamaica Farewell, Octopunch, Old Cape Cod, Route 666, J-Bay, Go-Go Girl, Durango, Rockaway, Sea Of Tranquility, Surf Pit, Double Overhead, Francisco's Dance, Plight Of The Matador, Lily Of Bombay, Mohair, Remedios Varo, Disfretas Caliente Ofrio, Villa Vee, Hopscotch, Road Trip, Moon Sauna, Nino Del Cielo, Tweed Heads, Epicurean Way, King's Medley

Track by Track Review


Solaris Stomp dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Solaris Stomp" rhythmic, pristine, chunky, spirited, and carries you right on down the road with no effort at all. Great melody and gorgeous guitar tones. This remixed version tames down the intense dynamics some, creating a more fluid and synergistic track. The differences are probably only noticeable by a sound engineer, and they don't detract or add, merely shift the track into a slightly different place. recorded live by Jay Hector at the Foothill Club back in '98.

Carmela dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Carmela" is amazingly cool! It's tongue in cheek humor and Greek rhythm add to the warm melody line. It's a wonderfully charming and catchy track, with nifty changes in tempo, which add a sense of the Mediterranean. A masterpiece!

Black Sea dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This spectacular new song rides on an undulating rhythm, born of western skies and summer adventure. Compelling and exquisitely arranged, "Black Sea" demands your attention. Vibrato drama, silky fluid lines, psychedelic effects, and a call to the open highway. Magnificent!

At The Rabbi's Table dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was my special request, and I was more than just pleased. "At The Rabbi's Table" flows like water down a lazy riverbed on a warm afternoon. Surf sounds, a beautiful melody, and a haunting organ... what a spectacular song. Bass and drums are perfect!

Beach Bound dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very cool and infectious song, with an upbeat energy and carefree attitude. It attacks you and drags you down to the sand, and makes you thank them for doing so. A great melody and infectious chemistry from the Mach IV.

The Green Flash dotdotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Swimming in moody atmospherics, "The Green Flash" moves from long notes, whammy dipped surfisms and long cymbals. This very a effective and misty combination, dramatic and emotional. Once into the song, the drama and emotional content rise, and the surf warbles its command. This is a most unusual song with an intriguing sound and sad optimism.

Indian Nation dotdotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Indian Nation" is a very pretty and tribal instro with a watery guitar line and great percussion. George Tomsco's guitar licks flow like water off his vintage ax. Excellent track!

The Savage dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums open the Shadows' "The Savage" and Hank Marvin tones keep in reverent. Nicely played, and very much in the Euro groove. It's not often that the English sound hits the surf spot so well. Amazingly enduring and enjoyable track!

Malibu Run dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

You can't go wrong covering the Fender IV. Joey Lyou's sax lead and a major ska arrangement totally change the character. The thunder of the rhythm section is very strong, and the infectious percussion is brilliant. A complete reincarnation of a great lost classic from 1965.

Border Patrol dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul just wrote this for the soundtrack to a surf film in production. It has the warmth and gentle twang of an "Endless Summer" and the Spanish romance of a "Latin'ia." Exceptionally pretty. More a summer Baja surf scene setter than a song, yet remarkable listenable and lush.

Jamaica Farewell dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This might have been the highlight of the show. The beautiful melody of "Jamaica Farewell" becomes liquid amber under the Detonators golden touch. At the risk of overstating, this simply has to be the way it was meant to sound. Wet, fluid, magical, emotional, romantic, and brilliant!

Octopunch dotdotdotdotdot
Trombone Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and bass and plucky guitar ride relentlessly beneath a spooky lead line. haunting and delicate, ringing and liquid silky, "Octopunch" is a real treat. The chemistry is excellent!

Old Cape Cod dotdotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

It's just too cool to hear this ancient pop melody get the reverb treatment. It's not just exceptionally good surf, it's also infectious and up tempo fun. Grins and dancing shoes required, shirts optional.

Route 666 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raucous and rockin', hard driving angular classic Pollo Del Mar sound. They's been doing this song for a very long time, and with good reason. Great energy and solid attractive power.

J-Bay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From their on-campus show a few years back, Tom Stanton's fine band the Surf Kings did a rollicking version of their slightly Crossfires / Jimi Hendrix influenced powerhouse "J-Bay." Powerful, infectious, and enthralling!

Go-Go Girl dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Go-Go Girl" is a solid reinvention of Ernesto Lecuona's magnificent "Malaguena." The Pyronauts employ many of the flamenco roots here, well beyond a typical surf cover. It's also loosely based on the Trashmen's version, but more dramatic and delicate, and much more adventurous. Lots of chunk and rhythm, great surf reverb, and plenty of drama.

Durango dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing whammy chords speak of the Baja coast. The melody is very enjoyable and friendly, while the bass holds the rumble at the bottom in tow, and the drums adventure across the horizon. Great track!

Rockaway dotdotdotdotdot
Lava Flow Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and sinewy, with dangerous vibrato and moody chords a la "Harlem Nocturne," placed together in a dark format that lumbers like a creeping lava flow. Interesting and brooding.

Sea Of Tranquility dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The harmonics and island chords of "Sea Of Tranquility" play on whammy and inviting sounds. Warm tropical breezes and very pretty guitar lines rise alongside the disturbed whammy, creating an off-balance edge. An amazingly endearing piece of music.

Surf Pit dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a monster! Gutty bass and dark howling guitar warn of dangerous winter surf at a place like Mavericks where death rides with you on your board. Long sustained distortion and string bending in a monster surf intro. Tribal drums thundering against the storm. "Surf Pit" doubles the pace mid stream, but it's the long tortured whammy chords that rule!

Double Overhead dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

This is a completely personable surf vocal about a love affair with the curl. Described as if she was a fair lass, it bounces and grins with lusty delight. This shoulda been a hit. Brilliant writing and lyrics.

Francisco's Dance dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine new song features delicate plucking interplay between the two guitars, and warm whammy chords. It has an extremely friendly and playful melody line. The whammy makes it very endearing. Fine writing and tight articulate playing.

Plight Of The Matador dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song is so damn cool - sophisticated, flamenco based, and remarkably dramatic and infectious. The big Spanish intro leads you to a Tango de Agua. The pace gradually accelerates a la "Bolero." So fine, and the chemistry of a live session makes it come alive.

Lily Of Bombay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A picturesque almost surf-trek to Paraguay travelogue, infectious and melodic. Great song, fine performance.

Mohair dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wipe Out" drums and surf chords a la a kinder and gentler "Bustin' Surfboards" characterize this track. The melody is reminiscent of the Shadows, but is a bit more surfie. The edginess of a live session adds greatly to this fine track.

Remedios Varo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a new song. It is a tribute to the Mexican artist Remedios Varo. The rhythm and melody are strong, and the Spanish feel are unmistakable. A very infectious and powerful track, full of South of the boarder color.

Disfretas Caliente Ofrio dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Inspired by the wrappers of tamales, Eat Hot Or Cold is another fine Mexican delight, melodic, infectious, well written, and very well performed. It's a new song, debuted here.

Villa Vee dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A semi-country instro with a great feel. It's gentleness sucks you in. The living edge of the performance adds to this already fine piece of music.

Hopscotch dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moderate tempo number featuring wonderful interplay between the guitars. This is not the Challengers' tune, but it is mighty fine. This is one of my faves from this session, infectious and energetic, precise and pristine.

Road Trip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rockin' good crowd pleasing instro. Oozing the essence of traveling between burbs on the trail of broken down clubs and late night no-life schmoozers, this is for all who those have traveled this road...

Moon Sauna dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A gradually increasing volume of the rolling snare lies under a soothing lead line for a gentle ride. Very infectious, and very nice. I think this song got a lot better live than in the studio, and may be my fave from this session (at least among the tracks also on their CD).

Nino Del Cielo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very nice mid tempo number oozing with that Aqua Velvets sorta Spanish resort feel. This is the tune that sucked me into the King of Hawaii camp.

Tweed Heads dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is fine gentle tune, sporting hints of "Endless Summer" and the Challengers more pretty tracks. The delicate guitar interplay is wonderful. The title is unknown to me.

Epicurean Way dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboys on parade at the beach. There's a hokey coolness about it. I don't mean that negatively, but it does have a tongue in cheek silliness to it. The breaks include a sped up melody line enhanced with double picking.

King's Medley dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one hell of a way to closed out this disc. King Of Hawaii did a medley of three songs that work seamlessly together. The Chantays' "Pipeline," the Ventures' "Detour," and the Rolling Stones plaintiff "Paint It Black" segue from surf to rich country punk and on to post punk doom and gloom. Very cool!