Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Halloween Hootenannydotdotdot
artworkThere are 19 tracks here, including six instros. The vocals range from narratives by vampire wannabe Zacherle, who provides some Halloween poetry over spooky sounds, with Southern Culture On The Skids providing backing on one of his three tracks, to more rock format material. Rob Zombie backed by the Ghastly Ones do some surfy monster scare rock, Reverend Horton Heat throbs with intense trick or treatery, Southern Culture On The Skids sing eerily of werewolves, Frenchy gives chanteuse a bad name, Rocket From The Crypt thickly sips a blood soda, the Amazing Crowns try really hard to be Snake-Out without success, Swingin' Neckbreakers grind, Deadbolt surf under a monstrous narrative, Dead Elvi dramatically tale-tell, the Legendary Invisible Men open the garage door.
Picks: A Fistful Of Terror, Gravewalk, The Munsters Theme, Werewolves On Wheels, Banshee Beach, Extrasensory Deception

Track by Track Review

A Fistful Of Terror dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jake's eerie organ opens, and the classic horror riff comes forth. Spirited surfin' ghosty mood rock, fast and fun, but not particularly memorable.

Gravewalk dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a live track with a Northwest rock basis, organ in sync with the guitar, frat rock lurking in the corner. The lead is buried in the mix. "Grave-Up" a.k.a. "Gravewalk" is a nifty little surf instro, though it sounds pretty unmelodic, in part due to a mix that doesn't accent the lead guitar, and partly due to a melody line that leans heavily on jam riffs. It's rhythmic enough, but just doesn't capture the imagination.

The Munsters Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets just seem unable to screw up. This is nicely arranged interpretation of the television theme. It's not surf, it uses wooden vibes, it throbs and shimmers with vibrato, it employs great tribal drums, and it meanders between chunky and delicate delivery. Most covers limit themselves to the main riff, and become repetitious fairly quickly. These boys have developed the track into a much more interesting number with excellent energy and art.

Werewolves On Wheels dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Super fuzzcycle grunge-o-mat riff rock, with a reasonable progression melody, and a mighty heavy sound. Dark and brooding, like Davie Allan at a funeral. Excellent distorto sounds, dragged out howling, cowbell percussion, and sustained compressed fuzz. Yikes!

Banshee Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Smooth surf-o-mat intro, a raging double picked lead line, and much more power than their CD. The melody line of "Banshee Beach" is strong, though mostly a riff. Excellent dynamics and energy. Not catchy, but assaultive.

Extrasensory Deception dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A false start, bad acoustics slightly undermine Davie Allan's amazing power as he pummels a variation on "Missing Link." Exceptional playing from Davie and solid support from the Phantom Surfers.