Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Rock Don't Run Vol 2dotdotdot
artworkVolume two in the series captures more cool slabs of instro tracks from around the country, in a solid cross section of hard working bands, mostly well recorded and arranged. Get it!
Picks: Kawanga, Sandoway, Gasser, Valley Of The Kaisers, Mondo Bondo, A Shot In The Dark, Hammerhead, Under The Gun, Big Nasty, Pacifica, 2000 lb. Werewolf, Fadeaway, Night Of The Drunken Cheerleaders, Melodie's Dilemma, Summertime, Pan's Rock, Mongoose Boulevard

Track by Track Review

Kawanga dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sorta Tour de Surf. In their impeccable way, Los Straitjackets use numerous bits of surf history - the "Wipe Out" drum break, touches of "Fun Fun Fun" and more under trier usual twang. When others have done this, particularly the "Wipe Out" bit, it's been lees than effective, even annoying. but here, it's humorous and intriguing. Maybe it's the energy and grins they employ that makes the difference. Hillbilly surf, speedy with maximum drum action and a quirky little melody line. Great track.

Sandoway dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Edgy guitars and a reasonable melody, but it didn't stick. It's well played. I just couldn't remember it right after playing it.

Gasser dotdot
Vegas (Instrumental)

Vegas riffola. Other than the stolen riff in the middle, I couldn't remember it 3 seconds after playing it.

Valley Of The Kaisers dotdotdot
Vegas (Instrumental)

Raw intensely thrashy and whammied music that would probably shred if recorded with something other than a boombox.

Mondo Bondo dotdotdot
Suave (Instrumental)

Mondo Bondo features sitar guitar tones. It's groovy, fluid, and fun.

A Shot In The Dark dotdotdotdot
Lounge Surf (Instrumental)

A Shot In The Dark has more cool than Henry "Hodad" Mancini ever imagined. The guitar is big and sustained, and the sax is way-cool. Suave and debonair. Peter Gunn meets the Pink Panther in a surf tavern.

Hammerhead dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This almost bell-like ringing melody is just a joy. It is dramatic, as well as playful. Thundering drums and bass under the flippant lead is a mighty fine combination, almost an oxymoron, but the differences create a unique synergy. Great listening.

Under The Gun dotdotdotdot
Mysterious Surf (Instrumental)

Surf and mystery deluxe from Dayton, Ohio's Mulchmen. It's moody and smooth, dangerous and playful, and slightly muddy. Very nice track.

Big Nasty dotdotdotdot
Mean Riff Surf (Instrumental)

Big guitar surf and shred meanness, riff driven and nicely arranged. It's a little bit too repetitive to hold interest for a long period, but it has a certain staying power from the relentlessness of it.

Pacifica dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a stunningly beautiful coastal song, with shear imagery and almost Polynesian twang. The track gives immediate warmth of the sun and a sense of a slight breeze on the face. Stunningly fluid track.

2000 lb. Werewolf dot
Sax Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a fuzzed version of "2000 Lb. Bee" with a sax. More trash than class.

Fadeaway dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Slow and silky romantic easy to swallow melodic and smooth. This is quite a pretty song, and the guitar work is delicate and tasty.

Night Of The Drunken Cheerleaders dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Joyous instro-oggle anthem. So simple, it's brilliant!

Melodie's Dilemma dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grand melodic rhythmic chord driven infectious swellness... but then that describes the band too! This is one of those songs that just sticks with you. Dramatic and sad and very VERY cool!

Summertime dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfing up the melodramatic Billy Stewart version of the Gershwin classic is a stroke of genius. The straight surf sections are predictably melodic and satisfying, but it is the end, when they drop into that almost scat singing big production thing that it all comes together. Great stuff.

Pan's Rock dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Rockin' backroom countrified lo-fi instro madness a la fifties B-sides the way Eddie Angel reinterprets them. Cool, but too unmelodic for me.

Mongoose Boulevard dotdotdot
Riffabilly (Instrumental)

Minneapolis' Vibro Champs strike blues-n-roll gold with this riff rockin' funster. It's way simple, but quite infectious.