Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Rat Holic Presents: California Sundotdotdot
artworkA couple of great bands captured live doing what they do best - playing surf!

This CD was recorded in January 2006 at an event put on by Rat Holic, and that should tell you what kind of lo-fi sound you'll find within. It's not as bad as the Rat Holic CD, but it's a long way from good sounding.
Picks: The El Caminos - Mr. Rebel, Mogul Monster, The Great Mongoose - Draggin' Waggin', Rat Holic - Surfin' Chihuahua, Church Key, Terry Shimamura Group - Danny's Boogie, Twelfth Street Rag, The Twinkle Arrows - Engine Stop, Miss. Camel, The Windows - Ali Baba, Bombora, Falseta

Track by Track Review


The El Caminos - Mr. Rebel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mistitled "Mr. Revel," this is a spunky and fun version of Eddie and the Showmen's "Mr. Rebel." The El Caminos make it pump and shine as you'd expect. Great band playing a classic at the correct speed and with genuine respect. Too bad the recordings is all distorted.

The El Caminos - Mogul Monster dotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

"Mogul Monster" is essentially a cover of The Lively Ones' "Walkin' The Board." It's all pumped up and raucous, and sounds very frat rocky.

The Great Mongoose - Draggin' Waggin' dot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a truly horrid recording of a fast and furious riff rocker. The song is not very interesting, but the energy is quite high.

Rat Holic - Surfin' Chihuahua dotdotdot
Surf Lounge Trash (Instrumental)

This is a frat rock progression based number that's fun and sorta catchy. This is a lot better sounding than their CD version.

Rat Holic - Church Key dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Trashy drunken rendering of Danny Darnold's drinking anthem. If your toga-impaired, this won't cut it. Very low brow.

Terry Shimamura Group - Danny's Boogie dotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

"Danny's Boogie" is a basic boogie in rockabilly style. It's quite fun, but without the live visuals, gets lost in the sea of rockabilly boogie instros.

Terry Shimamura Group - Twelfth Street Rag dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a fun romp! Terry Shimamura Group slam through Euday L. Bowman's raucous 1914 composition. This performance is extremely spunky and fun.

The Twinkle Arrows - Engine Stop dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Engine Stop" is a rompin' chicken boppin' instro in the mold of fifties rock. Lots of guitar accents and fun in this delightful track. The distortion in the recording is ugly.

The Twinkle Arrows - Miss. Camel dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Raw backwoods rockin', with a bit of a polka beat and the kind of country guitar noodling that permeated b-sides in the fifties. Very infectious! Aside from title similarities, "Miss. Camel" is completely unrelated to Cookie and the Twinkle Arrows' splendid "Mr. Camel" , which appeared on Wild Sazanami Beat Vol. 2. Rawkin' good fun!

The Windows - Ali Baba dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rippin' raw version of Dave and the Customs' "Ali Baba." An excellent performance is not presented in its best light, however, The Windows rock and deserve your attention. Very hot and very reverent.

The Windows - Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wonderful Windows play a very reverent "Bombora" complete with the screams where The Original Surfaris placed them. Heavy, turbulent, and very high energy. A great performance work limited only by trashy recording.

The Windows - Falseta dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Falseta" is a tuff track with great surf cred and splashy guitars. The drums are wonderful, as are the guitar and bass work. A thoroughly aggressive and powerful song slightly in the mode of The Surfaris' "Mystic Island Drums" and "Hot Rod Graveyard," with more of a melody. Very cool.