Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Heavy Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a comp of songs and bands on the less traveled side of the surf. A fine slice of adventure through a wide variety of surf styles.
Picks: The Shores Of Hell, The Drifter, Outlaw Beatnik, Rumble In the Congo, Six-String Highway, Fast and Loose, Rising Surf, Phasing Spider Menace, Sandpaper Paddles, Heptane, Death Of A Reventlo, King Kong, Surf As Houdini, Killing An Arab, Batwave, El Toro Muerto con Quesa, Another Human Error, Lara's Theme, Sex Wax, Cadillacin, The Pop Killer Cometh, Dragster, Scooter Trash, Surf Pit, Satan Stole My Surfboard

Track by Track Review

The Shores Of Hell dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Huge ugly guitar choking and general jam-inspired noise introduces the track. Twisted guitar tones and flying double picking combine for a scary ride. Very different than the other tracks here. Powerful. It ends in the same cacophony manner it began in. The creams of the condemned underlie the track, adding to the tortured sounds.

The Drifter dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Death (Instrumental)

This smooth and moody tune straddles the line between surf and twango, between open road rumble and 50 foot monster surf where no one goes out 'cause it's certain death. Haunted and dangerous. The fuzz break is a nice touch between the surf verses.

Outlaw Beatnik dotdotdotdot
Surf Death (Instrumental)

Gutty Link-ish progression rock instro with ultra cool bongos and saucy bass lines. "Outlaw Beatnik" is edgy and gritty and suave, all at once.

Rumble In the Congo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Entirely too fun, "Rumble In The Congo" is like what Luis Prima might have done if he were part of the rock 'n' roll era instead of big band jazz. Tribal and highly rhythmic, this amazing track is nothing short of infectious. Intense and multi textured, this is a masterpiece. You can't sit still.

Six-String Highway dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

UGLY guitar and MEAN playing and a HEAVY sound. Rollin' down 101 to a rumble on the docks...

Fast and Loose dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Up tempo fluff for the film trade, more melodic than many, but not particularly interesting unless you're into MOR.

Rising Surf dotdotdot
Dark Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

Spunky and punky, "Rising Surf" whammies and fuzzes its way along. Aggressive, very surfable, and drum energized. Must be pretty fiery live!

Phasing Spider Menace dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Daikaiju make scary music with fuzz and reverb. "Phasing Spider Menace" lumbers and grumbles a dangerous sound for the end of time. Not melodic, but thick and grodie, and quite powerful.

Sandpaper Paddles dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wow! This is a solid and melodic classically styled surf epic with modern edgy tone. I've long considered "Naugahyde" my fave Surf Report tune, but that just might be changing. This is rock solid!

Heptane dotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Like an Uli Roth period Scorpions assault, this rips the scalp from your skull, stuffs the cavity with power grinder edge, and then replaces the wig like nothing has happened. Inspired, and insanely driven.

Death Of A Reventlo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Death Surf riseth! A new and viable concept finds acceptance in the guise of splendidly dark and twisted necrosurf. The most amazing blend of death metal sensibility and surf foundations works really well here.

King Kong dotdotdotdotdot
Major Mondo Metal Drudge Monster Movie Soundscape (Instrumental)

This huge lumbering monster track stands head and shoulders above anything their predecessors have ever done. It is stunning, and extremely powerful. From it's metal drudge monster movie soundtrack homage to it's twangy guitar leads and speed-picked melody, "King Kong" simply pummels! The track time displays as over 11 minutes, but it is actually only 3:30, with a couple of backwards bits at -1:30 & -:18.

Surf As Houdini dotdotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf As Houdini" reminds me of what might happen if Hawkwind surfed Malibu. Driving reverbed guttural low-E guitar, throbbing psycho space rhythms and noises, and inventive production. Dangerous and adventurous, this simply powers and writhes its way into your psyche.

Killing An Arab dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

The Cure's "Killing An Arab" gets toughened up and guitar charged, with a huge spooky sound and a significant slab of whammy. Glissandoes and grind, with lots of attack.

Batwave dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

The Insect Surfers' "Batwave" is dissonant and angular, with intense tortured ambiance and plenty of attack. It's dark and dangerous, and haunting too. The howling adds to the fright factor. Excellent!

El Toro Muerto con Quesa dotdotdotdot
Aggro Biker Surf (Instrumental)

Thick whammified chords... lumbering throb... and an almost Davie Allan like melody line. This is a very good track, with finesse in charge.

Another Human Error dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Dark thrash and chunk, haunting surf guitar, dangerous rhythms, all contrast against each other to provide a unique and powerful journey. Punky and surfy and dark sea green.

Lara's Theme dotdotdotdot
Space Crunch Surf (Instrumental)

Space theremin noises and dry chords open up the track, which yields to a dark space surf variation on this classic movie theme. Very unusual treatment. The contrast between the Hawkwind space grind and the melodic surf guitar creates an interesting tension.

Sex Wax dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a chunk version of Johnny Kool and the Rattlesnakes. This tune grinds along without much melody, but the energy seems to carry it off anyway. The guitar is totally compressed and chunky.

Cadillacin dotdotdotdot
Power Surf (Instrumental)

Dark, heavy, metal based guitarage, thunky chunky, progression oriented power chord instro. Like Geronimo Black conspiring with Link Wray over a Cadillac. Inserted exclamations of "El Dorado" complete the track. Relentless, and brooding.

The Pop Killer Cometh dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Rockabilly rhythms and a simple progression, but just infectious enough to keep your attention.

Dragster dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Johnny Fortune's "Dragster" finds new meaning in this aggressive format. The chunk of the Tall Boys' version, the charm of the original, and the power of a less-than-normal band. Very cool.

Scooter Trash dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

A jump boogie with touches of Armageddon's "Buzzard" throughout. Now, there's a song someone should surf up! Brian Pool, where are you?

Surf Pit dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Guttural 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. About as minute and a half in, "Surf Pit" doubles the pace and breaks into a raging surf crasher.

Satan Stole My Surfboard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Satan Stole My Surfboard" stomps and churns dangerous mugging anger. Thick and grumbly, with a robotic chop and nerve-wracking edge. The middle features a haunting long sustain danger that's almost pretty. Cool!