Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Mexican Madnessdotdotdotdot
artworkMost of these tracks are demo or garage sounding. Most of the music is really vital and very fresh, with surf written all over it. 17 bandas from Mexico spreading the message of surf and garage. A totally fun collection of tracks!
Picks: Quieto No Se Resista, Misterio, Espias Con Esquelas, Bajense De La Lancha, Shanghai Swing, El Tema del 7 Negro, Luna Luau, Capitan, Chavo Reactivo, Vaquero Galactico (Ahora Vaquera), Cometa Vometo, El Ratador, Bajate del Guayabo, Hermanos Muerte, Tan Solo Un Alarido, Mustang '75, Yo Mate a Robert Smith, La Playa, Finale

Track by Track Review


Quieto No Se Resista dotdot
Exotica (Instrumental)

Vibes shimmer for a 15 second exotica intro to the CD.

Misterio dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pure surf with whammy and island sensibilities. Some of the coolness of sixties Mexican rock 'n' roll strained through the sensibilities of Los Straitjackets give this fine track and interesting quality. Excellent!

Espias Con Esquelas dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a most unusual sur track, with cheesy sixties organ and a tribal beat under a haunted guitar. It's cool without being cute, simple without being derivative or boring. Very cool!

Bajense De La Lancha dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast damped rhythms and tribal drums thunder under a quick garage guitar with fuzz on full. Riff based, but very energetic and totally fun. In the break, the whammy chords ring out island curl while the band square-waves turbulent storm surf.

Shanghai Swing dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jazzy and playful, "Shanghai Swing" definitely has a forties big band feel to the melody line, and the band carries the theme well in small combo format. Lots of flippant energy and coolness.

El Tema del 7 Negro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Getting past the marginal sound, this fuzz rant attacks with glissandos and a surfable melody strained through a colander of distortion and shortboard angst. Way cool.

Luna Luau dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hey, this is very cool. It's a garagy recording, but the damped surf guitar under the lead plucks so cool between whammies, and the melody line is very surfable. A little Spanish flavored, coastal curl shaped, and just waiting for an incredible ninth wave. Very nice.

Capitan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmer and whammy, twang and a well developed melody line, played well and arranged as it should be. Picturesque and a little haunting, yet on the dry side. Excellent track.

Chavo Reactivo dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Police siren wails and rhythms cry out surf, while the beat and lead are rockabilly, and the horn section - well, it's between mariachi and big band. You have to hear it if only for its originality. Pretty darn infectious.

Vaquero Galactico (Ahora Vaquera) dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Lumbering and tweaky, like a journey back into the psycho-garages of the Midwest, "Vaquero Galactico (Ahora Vaquera)" accelerates with each verse until it's rockin' hard. Riff rock and psychedelic weirdness. It's very garagy, yet very cool.

Cometa Vometo dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy chords distantly offset damped rhythms and garage fuzz leads. Much more about energy than a melody, with a basic progression that serves it well. Dark, semi-punkie, and thrashy. You gotta love it.

El Ratador dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wind blows across the square in front of the mission. Churnie chords and spaghetti melody lines are at odds with each other in this bandito shoot out. A riff from "Malaguena" takes much of the front stage before being replaced by a flying double picked guitar that settles into a moody scene. This has quite a bit of variation and flows like a film. Very cool.

Bajate del Guayabo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Punchy and quirky like a Los Straitjackets tune, this is more fun than the cops allow. Really cool in an primal garage surf kinda way. Excellent fun!

Hermanos Muerte dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Damped surf rhythm, moody guitar lines, grumbly bass and pumpin' drums are expanded by a haunting organ that just peaks out from the mix. Surreal space surf with spy twinges. Nice track.

Tan Solo Un Alarido dotdotdot
Garage Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dark fuzz with throaty cries and thin sound. A riff rocker of the first order, with no shortage of frat parties lined up.

Mustang '75 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The engines wails as the "Mustang '75" passes by. Ultra buffered fuzz guitar taunts with a distorted guitar line. This is just about as murky a track as you'll ever hear. It's a raucous track with lots going on an lots of potential. It's really held back by the dreadfully mushy sound.

Yo Mate a Robert Smith dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beneath the thin and ambient sound is a spectacularly cool song. Lead lines haunt the night, whammy chords display summer waves, and the rhythm section is busy with excellent work. Structurally, this is somewhat like Italian surf bands might create, but it's not at all derivative. Very cool!

La Playa dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The beach calls with double picked guitar and "ah-ah" chorus. Fast and thin, playful and reminiscent of a merger between the Gamblers' "Moondawg" and surf. The midsection slows to a gentle pace with a distant vocal call of "La Playa." This is a really nice track!

Finale dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The radio dial moves station to station across waves breaking on the shore. A CD closer just for fun.