Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Locked In 3dotdotdot
artworkEach 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


Shark Bait dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Mururoa dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Ginsters A Go Go! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

The Intruder dotdotdot
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.

Badlands dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mostly just gimmicky, though the melody is quite workable. The miserable sound hides much of the performance.

Tie Kiro Mucho Mucho Mas
Rock (Instrumental)

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.

Mustang dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Mustang" ominous song presented in poorly recorded sound, yet kinda cool. Mean and relentless, a little surfy and a little grodie.

Maigret Fait Du Surf dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Euro instro fare, with a touch of reverb and a micro splash. Bouncy, but under developed.

Point Zero dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

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.

Counterpoint dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Riff surf, played with lots of energy, but recorded in indistinct stereo sound. Dismissible.

Man Taken From Guts dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big fuzz rock instro with hidden charm beneath the tin sound. Intense whammy and powerful tribal drums.

Time Bomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a decent performance of the Avengers VI's "Time Bomb." Quite true to the original arrangement, but murkily reproduced.

Border Beat dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lo-fi fuzz riff rock, frat to the max, with nothing memorable happening.

Big Wave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

The Surf Ripper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lo-fi rendering of Link Wray's ominous "Jack The Ripper." maybe the weakest version around. Tepid performance and distant sound.

Taxi dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Riff rockin' jam fare, with shouts and spirit, but no melody.

Velocity Stacks dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Pretty infectious riff rockin' surf and trash in a fifties instro style, played with abandon and flair. Way fun, though murky.

Space Laser dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Aida dot
Sax (Instrumental)

So close to "Night Train" that it's likely to collide head on. Uninteresting and derivative.