Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Sneak Preview Modern Surf Band Spotlight
|This is a promo only sneak preview of Golly Gee's forthcoming Supertones tribute. Mostly pretty nice stuff. |
Picks: Last Ride, The Sweet Ride, The Wet Set, Fooling Around Playa Del Rey, Media Nocturne, Torque Wrench, Dr. Yes, Avanti, Flamenco Surf, Harbor Patrol, Moonshot Part 3, Ted's Twist
Track by Track Review
Powerful tom toms drive this excellent track. Melody plus tribal drums and fluid bass equals a powerful and durable surf track. The Supertones' "Last Ride" is wonderfully infectious in a cool vein. Splash and a great beat. The added loungy lap steel gives this an amazing liquid island coolness!
This is lo-fi and dark surf riffology attack on the Supertones' "The Sweet Ride." On the stiff side in some ways, yet promising stormy surf to come. Thick and fuzzy with whammy.
This is a new track from the Metalunas. Mark Brodie's' characteristic playing style abounds on the Supertones' "The Wet Set." A little moody and dangerous, it also sparkles with whammy and surf. Excellent!
Fooling Around Playa Del Rey
This is a soft and wispy flight of island lagoon fantasy, with a speedy ska-backed break. It's reminiscent of the Halibuts' grin-centric splash, and is very attractive. "Fooling Around Playa Del Rey" is an excellent vacation to a surf paradise.
This is a soft and vibrato rippling surf lagoon number with a tribal and exotic beat. Dramatic with mysterious adventure, it's striking like the the theme to Adventures in Paradise. Very nice!
The Supertones' "Torque Wrench" sounds bigger and faster under the power surge of the amazing Nebulas. Fast and over the top, with raging drums a la Hal Blaine. The damped verse is too cool. Exceptionally fine track with lots of pure surf and power.
Detective Spy (Instrumental)
Dry and angular, the Supertones' "Dr. Yes" is a little haunting and sports compressed drums. A detective instro with spy lines from the dry and raw side of the tracks.
The Supertones' "Avanti" is ultra trashy, like the sound of a frat party down a long harsh hallway. Dark frat thrashy lo-fi ambient surf with more power than sound quality. A cool melody line and an amateur mix that strangles off the power of the track. The raw sax is very vintage surf, but buried in dreadful sound, it's of little help.
Traditional surf for the breaking curl. This is a very nice track that sounds like it's right out of the South Bay sound with reverb. Excellent writing and a cool rhythmic sound. very satisfying. Nice track.
Brazil's Estrume'n'tal continues to power slam instros with chunky rhythms and fuzz. The Supertones' "Harbor Patrol" is a good vehicle for them, bringing out their rhythm chunk and power.
Delicately rhythm driven with a haunting melody line, this is a fine piece of writing with an interesting riff. This is mixed in such a way that the power of its potential is not achieved.
Dark Surf (Instrumental)
Whammy and surfabilly twang, with riff rockin' beach front intensity. Thick and gutty, with some solid writing. Off the beaten path, somewhere between surf and the Reventlos' sense of the absurd. "Ted's Twist" gets a twang treatment, with gutty guitar and stereo whammy. The song is not overly melodic, and the mix much too rock 'n' roll, yet TMSF carry it off. Quite cool.