Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|Each volume of this surf-garage instro series brings more garage.|
Picks: Shark Bait, Mururoa, Ginsters A Go Go!, The Intruder, Badlands, The Curse Of The Mummies Tooth, Tie Kiro Mucho Mucho Mas, Mustang, Maigret Fait Du Surf, Point Zero, Counterpoint, Man Taken From Guts, Time Bomb, Border Beat, Big Wave, The Surf Ripper, Taxi, Velocity Stacks, Space Laser, Aida
Track by Track Review
Fiery and a bit melodic - mostly a progression oriented number. It has some Dick Dale-ish sound. It's not very good quality sound, but and it's pretty riffy, yet it has a certain power charm and splash about it.
Aggro fuzz instro assault... riff rock mostly, but with major drive and edge, and double picked guitar rage. It's like a shortboard day on the storm break. Not really very surfy, but very aggressive.
This is a great hard drivin' surf track, with intense fire and surfability, and manageable sound. "Ginsters A Go Go" fires an unending barrage of reverb splash. A fine riff and big time dangerous tubes.
Mood Surf (Instrumental)
This is an oddly interesting mood piece, though the somewhat muddy sound makes it hard to really get hooked into. Still, there's something sort of enticing going on here.
Dark garage surf mung recorded with the boombox too close... all distorted and ugly. Under the trashed sound lies a decent surf riff and what might be a good performance.
The Curse Of The Mummies Tooth
Mostly just gimmicky, though the melody is quite workable. The miserable sound hides much of the performance.
Tie Kiro Mucho Mucho Mas
This is simply the thinnest tinniest sound I've heard in ages. Pure crappola, and the tune, well it's just riff rock noise too. Sorry, but this is not worth a spin.
Link Wray's "Mustang" ominous song presented in poorly recorded sound, yet kinda cool. Mean and relentless, a little surfy and a little grodie.
Euro instro fare, with a touch of reverb and a micro splash. Bouncy, but under developed.
The organ and the guitar trade licks hoping one will come across as melodic. It's a riff rocker with reverbed guitar rhythm, bordering on surf, but not really having the feel.
Riff surf, played with lots of energy, but recorded in indistinct stereo sound. Dismissible.
Big fuzz rock instro with hidden charm beneath the tin sound. Intense whammy and powerful tribal drums.
This is a decent performance of the Avengers VI's "Time Bomb." Quite true to the original arrangement, but murkily reproduced.
Lo-fi fuzz riff rock, frat to the max, with nothing memorable happening.
A better recording than most of the Incredible Sinalco Bums' material, but the song doesn't rise above a riff. Still, it's kinda cool for some reason. The wood block percussion is a nice touch.
A lo-fi rendering of Link Wray's ominous "Jack The Ripper." maybe the weakest version around. Tepid performance and distant sound.
Riff rockin' jam fare, with shouts and spirit, but no melody.
Pretty infectious riff rockin' surf and trash in a fifties instro style, played with abandon and flair. Way fun, though murky.
Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Crossfire" retitled (a very annoying trend that thankfully has disappeared). The performance reflects the original, with organ and more reverb than Dave Yorko used.
So close to "Night Train" that it's likely to collide head on. Uninteresting and derivative.