Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: SurfMex 2dotdotdot
artworkVolume two of the SurfMex series is much better balanced and contains much stronger material than volume one. Still many demos, but some very well written and interesting compositions.
Picks: Los Bidets - Tu Eres La Nueva Ola Y Yo Soy Parte Del Mar, Los Calambres - Y Tu Que Sabes Del Amor?, Que Hace Una Chica Como Tu, En Un Lugar Como Este?, The Cavernarios - Mustang 68, La Rocka, Los Elasticos - Jaguar 62, El Elasticos - Blue Sunday, El Santo - Santo Vs. Las Momias, Mil Mascaras, Espectroplasma - F=K(Q1 Q2/R2), Fenomeno Fuzz - Tokyo Poliester, El Jinete, Malibu - Dale Maraha, Mia Wallace, Mortum Surfers - Ultratumba, La Rezia, Los Pegajosos - El Gato Mas Aranado De Todos, Hoy Voy A Loquear, Perversos Cetaceos - Marea Roja, El Nino Que Vino Del Mar, Los Quien Sigue? - El Ultimo Mariachi, Santisimos Snorkels - Surfing Trip, Insomnio, Telekrimen - Daktari Freak, Las Criaturas Del Dr. Moreau, The Thunder Surfers - Ostras Y Langostas, Mexican Wrestling Surf, Twin Tones - Bolido De Fuego, Diane

Track by Track Review


Los Bidets - Tu Eres La Nueva Ola Y Yo Soy Parte Del Mar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The ocean laps at the shore gently as "Tu Eres La Nueva Ola Y Yo Soy Parte Del Mar" flows along. The melody is pretty and the mood nicely portrayed. The drums are demo-produced, but otherwise this is a very nice track.

Los Calambres - Y Tu Que Sabes Del Amor? dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Y Tu Que Sabes Del Amor?" is a slow and pretty song in rich tremolo shimmer. The tribal drums add sensual depth. The melody reminds me of The Romans early surf instros. Very nice!

Los Calambres - Que Hace Una Chica Como Tu, En Un Lugar Como Este? dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Que Hace Una Chica Como Tu, En Un Lugar Como Este?" has the potential to be very cool, with dramatic chords in the bridges, and a melody line that is mysterious. The double picked guitar lines add surf appeal to this engaging instro. Low key and fun, with cruddy annoying reverb on the snare.

The Cavernarios - Mustang 68 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mustang 68" is a pretty basic number, but its riff is more than just a riff. There are dual guitars playing off each other, and rising energy. It's a big twanger for sure, and it's very enjoyable. The melody circles and also hints of sci-fi.

The Cavernarios - La Rocka dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The throbbing tremolo and big muted Spanish charm remind me of The Torpedoes "Spanish Main" in some ways. Double picked splendor and Spanish lace. "La Rocka" is a wonderful surf instro with a compelling sound and a few borrowed licks. Very cool!

Los Elasticos - Jaguar 62 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Jaguar 62" sports an original riff that's simple and yet memorable. This is a long way from melodic or very surfy for that matter, but it has some nice whammy chords and some dribbled double picking. Gloomy but frivolous.

El Elasticos - Blue Sunday dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An easy number with an odd melody riff that's disquieting and surfable. It has the kind of discomfort that out of tune guitars or Japanese melodies sometimes create, not that either are present here. It's just an interesting effect.

El Santo - Santo Vs. Las Momias dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Drama and scariness ooze from the drums, the guitar, and the haunted wind in the opening of "Santo Vs. Las Momias." Soon enough, it evolves into a real surf number, with a groovy melody line and surf whammy chords. The production is very rough and demo-like, but the song is very cool.

El Santo - Mil Mascaras dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool number with surf whammy chords and interesting drums. Its moody bass and rhythm couple well with the circular riff. "Mil Mascaras" is dark and writhing at times, and the variations verse to verse display significant arranging. Fine track.

Espectroplasma - F=K(Q1 Q2/R2) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Espectroplasma is one of the more untraditional surf-base bands out there. This is dark and riffy, industrial and punky, and focused on aggression. A distant voice chants out a few lines. machine drums, real drums, sampled weirdness, and gloomy sound.

Fenomeno Fuzz - Tokyo Poliester dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is much more of a riff rocker than much of Fenomeno Fuzz's material. It's close to the Los Straitjackets idea, but not quite. Fun and cool.

Fenomeno Fuzz - El Jinete dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

reverbed and long-feedback-howled, "El Jinete" is a blend of dangerous distortion and surf reverb. A circular pattern on the second guitar surfs while the lead hints at the brine. There are some very jammy moments, but overall "El Jinete" is a rocker with charm and energy.

Malibu - Dale Maraha dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A middle eastern sounding riff is the basis of this track. "Dale Maraha" can be tribal at times, but is mostly straight surf. There are some double picked verses, and the makings of a great song. The drum production is really bad, but otherwise, this is a very cool track.

Malibu - Mia Wallace dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moody riff based track that's nonetheless melodic and interesting. garage surf with flair and inventive tweaks. It's not exactly slow or pretty, yet it has that kind of appeal. The delicate muted reverb lines are very nice.

Mortum Surfers - Ultratumba dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very cool drum beat and dark murky surf guitar drive an indistinct number with more spunk than melody. Structurally a mix of surf and rock, "Ultratumba" is a fun track, but it just doesn't stay in ram. That said, the double picked break is tuff.

Mortum Surfers - La Rezia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark fuzz, military drums, and a punky premiss. The riff is light but interesting. Occasional wah-wah intrusion adds interest. An interesting track waiting for better recording and production.

Los Pegajosos - El Gato Mas Aranado De Todos dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cat meows and a rockabilly beat ensues. Surf guitar runs stop the session with whammy chords and flair. Lots of energy here, with a splashy wash of 'verb.

Los Pegajosos - Hoy Voy A Loquear dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the psychedelic side, with party shouts and fun galore, "Hoy Voy A Loquear" is more like a frat instro with reverb than a surf instro. It's choppy and stompy and fun.

Perversos Cetaceos - Marea Roja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an earlier version of "Marea Roja." It's surprisingly more surf and tighter, and sports some real chemistry. Very cool.

Perversos Cetaceos - El Nino Que Vino Del Mar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the moody side, "El Nino Que Vino Del Mar" sends a dark image of gray-green swells on a rainy day. I can well imagine how this could rip if played with great power and speed. Solid writing is not displayed in its best light because the arrangement and recording don't really compliment the song very well. Great potential not yet realized.

Los Quien Sigue? - El Ultimo Mariachi dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A soft moody guitar line runs atop a delicate second guitar pattern that's very cool. "El Ultimo Mariachi" is a pretty song that's pleasant and cool, and portrays an overcast day on a quiet lagoon. More resolution on the second guitar would be nice.

Santisimos Snorkels - Surfing Trip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fast number with whammy sting, glissando charm, and racing drums. "Surfing Trip" is rich and very cool. This is a very surf track, with a spy edge. Way cool!

Santisimos Snorkels - Insomnio dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Murky and fast, "Insomnio" is a double picked menace that apes Dick Dale and others with complete abandon. This is a spunky and very fun track. demented laughs add to the thrill of the riff.

Telekrimen - Daktari Freak dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Mid tempo weirdness, keyboard warbly, and almost amusing. Sorta surf guitar plays an Eastern melody line against whirring keys and crude bass and drums. Like others here, once you get what Telekrimen are doing, their weirdness becomes enchanting in a tortured grin kinda way.

Telekrimen - Las Criaturas Del Dr. Moreau dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is as dark and horror oriented as you might expect. "Las Criaturas Del Dr. Moreau" uses the organ to great affect, and the drums are superb. Not melodic, just creepy and forbidden.

The Thunder Surfers - Ostras Y Langostas dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Country guitar twang plays a riff in the Eddie Angel mold. It's not as varies as I'd like, but it sure is a solid nod to Los Straitjackets.

The Thunder Surfers - Mexican Wrestling Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a melody line and drum pattern that imply big band swing, "Mexican Wrestling Surf" romps with abandon, but never really develops. More time in the saddle could easily make this a monster. Whammy chords, great drums, and a ton of potential.

Twin Tones - Bolido De Fuego dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody line here is very good. The drums are well suited to the song, the bass is moody, and the guitar double picks with restrained tastefulness. Very nice track.

Twin Tones - Diane dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Diane" is a slightly sad and romantic number. It's quite lovely if you ignore the production values. The cheesy reverb on the drums really detract from the coolness of the track.