Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Life On The Boardwalk: Swing, Surf and Rockabillydotdot
artworkMy guess is that this is studio exploitation rock because none of these artists have any web presence at all, and many of the voices on the vocals sound the same, the guitars sound the same, the production values are too similar, and the tracks are generally without the chemistry that happens from live performing. The vocals all sound dated... the release is from 1999. I'd suggest not really bothering with this.
Picks: Farquar Muckenfuss - The Veldt, Mission On Mars - It Came From Beyond The Stars, Moffett - Epson Salt, S. S. Bountyhunter - S. S. Credo, The Unloading, Warp Factor 9 - Farmer's Daughter

Track by Track Review


Toy Train dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

This is a trio rampage with flashy rockabilly-based guitar aping glissandos - sort of. "Toy Train" is very fun and energetic. It seems a little too busy, as overplayed trio arrangements can.

The Veldt dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"The Veldt" has some fine moments, though it feels overplayed and loose at times. It sports a near-psychedelic break. Big drama and frantically interesting.

It Came From Beyond The Stars dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based in part on "Lullaby Of The Leaves," this song is catchy and infectious, with a serious nod to The Ventures. Tom toms roll, and the dry tone and whammy of the early V-Boys dominate. A classic Ventures rhythm pattern completes the homage. Nice track.

Red Planet Mars dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tasteful plinking piano and smooth, dry guitar play out a last promenade against an easy cycling backtrack. Very pleasant.

Epson Salt dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The second guitar changes channels line to line in the opening, and the lead plays a modest melody line. The sax sounds rooted in ska. "Epson Salt" is unusual, but particularly compelling.

S. S. Credo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark cruncher riff rock with tremolo and on-the-rocks surf punk imagery. Not melodic at all, but intense and storm surf dangerous. Disco wah wah guitar and writhing slow punk patterns, with menacing chords and tone. "S. S. Credo" is just plain dark!

The Unloading dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy tremolo and reverb, dangerous waters, electro weirdness, and unrelenting patterns. "The Unloading" is entirely about the darkness of the tone and sustain.

Farmer's Daughter dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Surf based with whammy chords and crude glissandos, plus some compelling psychedelics via wah wah and throb in the break. "Farmer's Daughter" is an interesting track, with considerable imagination.