Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Fiberglass Jungle
|This is the advance CD-R for the upcoming comp on Deep Eddy. This is the second comp from Austin's Deep Eddy Records, and as before, they've captured a cross-sectional view of instros by artists from far and wide, ranging in style, interest, and quality. There are some essential entries, some virgin issues, and some lesser tracks. All in all, a fine CD.|
Picks: Fiberglass Jungle, Chupacabra, Batwing, Surf Before Sunrise, Toothless Cannibal, Who The Hell Is Fast Eddie, Boom With A View, Hobnail Boots, Mung Taco, Under The Green, Evolution, Davy Jones' Locker, Caipirrina, Surf and Skate All Nite, Piha Death-Rip, Surfonica, Foam Aroma, Planet Satan, Agent Woodrow, So Sensitive, Unhooked, Topeno, Theme From S.K.I.M.E.N., El Alacran
Track by Track Review
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)
Guitarist Tom Stanton was a member of the Crossfires, and this is one of their tunes. It's a garagie recording, sounds like it's compressed unevenly (or maybe roughly mixed), but none the less captures one of the best leading edge bands delivering a a powerhouse rendition of a song with enough gloom for the meanest surfer among you. This is a splendidly necessary track. Surf coming of age, meeting the next millennium head on.
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)
The evil mythical creatures prance in a jazzy beat generation way across the nightmares of the believers, with plaintiff cries of "Chupacabra." Fluid fun and soulful glee grace this track.
Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)
Brian Pool's characteristic writing style is evident in this rhythmic and chunky track, with a more edgie sound than their CD generally. The progression is pretty repetitious, but it has a certain draw to it. This is a kinder-gentler Torpedoes track, mid tempo, less assaultive, and quite enjoyable. The break is quite nice.
Like the title says, it's a rag for the lap steel, playfully bouncing along. Fun and enjoyable.
Great title! Images of being gummed to death. An ominous riff oriented dramatic structure with very inventive arranging make this a fine art surf piece. Is this the dawn of a new sub genre? Nice track.
Who The Hell Is Fast Eddie
Noisy punk grind progression instro, feedback, super-distorted, ugly Blue Cheer rock, without the charm Dark and menacing, in a skate thrash way. No melody, just chord assault.
Big Guitar Grind (Instrumental)
Echoed sluggish big guitar noise assault. Huge power chord backtrack overwhelms the lead guitar melody, such as it is - slight and more a progression than a song. Threatening and dark, with a throbbing break.
This is a nice rock instro, with a sorta surf melody line, but with muddy sound. It's interesting and pleasant, but not particularly remarkable.
I take sole credit for the name of this track. Dino thought it had a Spanish feel, and wanted a food title. Naturally, I said "mung taco." He liked it, and it was done. Great number with plenty of power and energy.
Spanish Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)
Speedy big guitar grind, dark and brooding, dramatic and mean. It opens with threatening chords and sustain, and bargain basement psychedelic drama, before dropping onto a howling mid tempo tune with a haunting melody line, and a fine magnetic melody line. There's a Spanish surf feel, and an infectious twang. I like this a lot.
This is a pretty nifty track. It is a slow and sad melody, with damped second guitar perfectly delivering up a great plodding rhythm in sync with the open notes of the lead guitar. This is curiously intriguing. There's not much melody, but the sound and playing are extra friendly. Very fine track. Whammy chord suave, great reverbed plunkin', and a magnetic and gloomy surf melody. Moody, fluid, and haunting. This is a relentless surf rhythm track, fit for a leisurely cruise down 101 between Pismo and SLO, with an eye on Avila Beach from the South. Really nice track. Simple and pleasing.
Thick oceanic instro, with a plundering plodding rhythm, accented by swimming chords and and picturesque twang. Mid tempo burial at sea sounds, with a sadness and a savvy sway. It's relentless, and minimal, yet it has a magnetism that keeps your attention throughout. Nice track.
Cocktail Surf (Instrumental)
Spiffy Latin percussion, exotica tall cool one slurping, picturesque island guitar sounds, and solid musicianship. This is a fine track, playful and whimsical, almost martini proof. Nice work, boys.
The style of this track is not trad surf, but sports great lap steel, rockin' energy, and an infectious feel. This should be among the highlights of the compilation. It's near country soothe and surf slam make it a must at the lapidary.
New Zealand's best kept secret, power surge this instro with both surf and garage tones, and an awesome power. Buzzing it's way through the crowd, this rises to the challenge with intense Marshall-like distorto-verb. It sports a melodic progression with a mean attack and dark message. The discordant crashing end is extra swell.
"Surfonica" is a spiffy surf instro from their first CD (second album), with a bunch of edgy fire, and a strong surf attack. This is among the best tracks from that album.
That most humorous concept band, the Mill Valley Taters (drum machine and all), slip into a white water swirl with this surfy instro, structured somewhat like a Torpedoes tune, though less power driven. Nice work, and good listening.
Progressive Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)
Wah-wah pedal instro space twirl, like a tame version of Vibrasonic with more clarity. This is a great variation on the surf idea, intensely psycho-rhythmic, and very pleasing. The almost progressive rock ethic merged with the surf theme is really cool.
Surf Spy (Instrumental)
The best trad surf band the Bay Area has ever seen, and among the best world wide, The Woodies embodied everything that traditional surf was, but did it with Rick Escobar's amazing writing. They almost got signed to AVI last year. Alas, they broke up recently. This track was recorded in '95 at an event Robert Emmett and I co-hosted called Psychotronic Surf. The crowd's reaction at the end tells all. They were great! RIP!
This band has grown a lot. Their early few-and-far-between tracks were unmelodic and mere progressions, but this has a nice surf feel, a simple but effective melody, and twangy thin surf guitar sound. This is a moody track, a little brittle sounding, but entertaining and solid.
Chord Rock (Instrumental)
This is a moderately interesting track, progression based, with a clean guitar and too much dependence on lead chords. It's almost surfy, but not quite. Inadequately recorded.
Euro Surf (Instrumental)
More melodic and pretty instro guitar work from this Norse band. The organ is a little more dominant than necessary, but the melody is quite nice, and the almost circus nature of the keys is appropriate for the tune.
Spy theme near surf, almost quirky space single music. It's rhythmic, infectious, and fun. It has a rolling party sound, with an Inspector Clueseau kinda sensibility. Intriguing, and playful, almost silly, but sane enough to keep you from straying.
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)
Live at KXLU on Jim Dunfrund's Surf Wave show, this is a haunting and mysterious track, rhythmic and dramatic. The seaweed are attacking the surfers. The progression supports a swirling melody line, with lots of psychotropic wave action. Great listening.