Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hangin' 11 - Part Onedotdotdotdot
This is a wonderful comp... a plethora of modern surf gems relentlessly flow from within. It's a web freebee, so why would you not chase it down.
Picks: The Agamemnonz - Apollo, Aloha Screwdriver - Tin Star Head Wound, Aqualads - Washout, Chalk Dinosaur - Fish Bone, Hella Vader - The Red Triangle, Lava Pups - Lava Tube, Lost Acapulco - Malaga Storm, Messer Chups - Aquanatic Business, Pavlov's Woody - Island Sand, The Phantomatics - Hearse Surfin, Ray Daytona and Googoobombos - Mojito Lounge, The Razorblades - Ready For Some Action, The Reverb Syndicate - Last Train To Death Valley Junction, El Supernaut - Ode To Mr. Lee And Mr. Harris, Surflamingo - Las Campanillas Diabolicas, The Secret Samurai - The Khazar, The TomorrowMen - Mobius Transformation, Los Venturas - Pumpin'

Track by Track Review


Apollo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really cool track. It has the production feel of Shark Bait's "Surf Punk," but there is a stronger melody. Great drums, glassy glissandos, and an infectious, often muted sound.

Tin Star Head Wound dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Big dramatic chords launch "Tin Star Head Wound." It has a western flavor, interesting drums and bass, and guitar edge. I think this is perhaps where surf punk was destined to go... into more melodic, artful writing, with intricate and compelling drum work, and spunked by melodic bass. An excellent track.

Washout dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy, long sustain, spy imagery, and dark surf guitar. James Bond on a surfboard, and superb drums. Thunder and danger and mystery. Great track!

Fish Bone dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Muted galloping hooves and counter melodies create interest and char. "Fish Bone" is a very cool track. It's on the easy side energy wise, but very cool and quite memorable.

Borgo Pass dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some engaging things happening here, with cool guitar licks and haunted keys. "Borgo Pass" is rather original. Great drum work, and some fine playing from all.

The Red Triangle dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Red Triangle" is a slight variation on The Fender IV's "Mar Gaya." The ska rhythm guitar is cool, and the leads are well played. The bass is thin and the drums are ambient and way in the back. The whole track is over compressed. Probably a rehearsal tape.

Lava Tube dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lava Tube" is among the most engaging tracks here, with a fine melody, dribbling double picked lines, chunky rhythm, and an endearing sound. A bit sad, but still playful.

Sk8boarding dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Frantic drums and bass boom run beneath a disturbed guitar progression. The uneasiness of the song's structure is actually held together by the drums. island whammy and muted charm, but mostly a difficult listen.

Malaga Storm dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A storm rumble through as the drummer brigs on a playful Spanish-Middle Eastern melody. "Malaga Storm" is pretty, surf stomped, and sports double picked verses. This felt warm at first, and grew from there. It's a fine instro with an upbeat direction and catchy riff.

Aquanatic Business dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Aquanatic Business" is part muted coolness and part open. Some whammy dipped twang, a splendid melody line, and drums are frequently in the back. Lacking strong production values holds it back.

Island Sand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool tribal drums and tropical lagoon chords provide a sinewy bed over which the whammified melody floats. "Island Sand" has an Adventures In Paradise feel to it. The shimmer of the keys is thoroughly cool!

Hearse Surfin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy drums and ominous deep guitar threaten, glissandos charge, and bass provides more feeling than sound. "Hearse Surfin" is dark and dangerous, with the first part ending in a long whammy chord. The break gradually rises from delicate muted lines, through grating fuzz, and back to the main sound.

Mojito Lounge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy chords and island imagery, with an interesting lead line and some heavy tone between. "Mojito Lounge" is a solid surf instro that's well suited for the long ride on a summer day. Great glissandos.

Ready For Some Action dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rock slid drums and bass power the back side of "Ready For Some Action." The melody is playful in an adventurous sort of way. Quite cool!

Last Train To Death Valley Junction dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With traveling adventure in the rhythms, and Spanish deserts in the melody, "Last Train To Death Valley Junction" is optimistic, with double picked bridges, and very cool rhythm chords not too far from "Tequila."

Ode To Mr. Lee And Mr. Harris dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ode To Mr. Lee And Mr. Harris" rips, with notes pouring off the lead guitar like they were made to dribble. Muted echoed water, strings of pearly notes, and great drums and bass. This is amazing.

Las Campanillas Diabolicas dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and splashy guitar delivers a sort of Cossack spy melody with two guitars playing around each other. "Las Campanillas Diabolicas" is a solid track with a catchy melody and beat.

The Khazar dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama and splash in this busy guitar exercise in Russian themes. "The Khazar" is a fanciful and exciting piece of music dripping surf from every corner. It's very adventurous and fun.

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. The drums are pretty are back in the mix, but are really strong. Lots of cool guitar work.

Pumpin' dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pumpin'" is launched with picking up and down the neck in muted reverb glory, and then it proceeds to a splendid melody line over an infectious rhythm track. This is a splendid track with very good tone.