Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: SurfMex - Acoplado De Surf Mexicanodotdotdot
artworkSurfMex displays interesting cross section of Mexican surf bands. Most of these sound like they were recorded by the same engineer in the same room, a man who should sell his equipment. However, beneath the cruddy demo sound are some nice gems from the Mexican surf scene as it was in 2002. The Lost Acapulco tracks are well recorded and excellent.
Picks: Berenice - Krasno, Shampoo, Lost Acapulco - Las Brisas, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, Los Magnificos - Plato Roto, La Especial, La Invasion De Los Pasteles Verdes, Telekrimen - Marea Terror, Somos Zombies, KM-58

Track by Track Review


Berenice - Krasno dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a bit of a Munsters rhythm pattern in the opening and a cycling melody line, "Krasno" is a playful if slightly dark number. Murky and reverby, somewhat moody, and just a bit dangerous.

Berenice - Shampoo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A calm, almost eulogy-like narrative lulls you into anticipating a slow and moody number that isn't to be. Instead, "Shampoo" rips and double picks its way through a dark and dangerous surf romp. The drums are overbearing, but otherwise, it's a cool track.

Lost Acapulco - Las Brisas dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big edgy surf danger, assaultive guitars with a "Comin' Home Baby" bridge and darn tough sound. Lots of punch and mean tone. The glissandos could cut steel.

Lost Acapulco - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very tasteful version of Enio Morricone's classic spaghetti western theme. The tome is edgy, the whammy stinging, and the visual very effective. "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" is a great song, and Lost Acapulco do it proud.

Los Magnificos - Plato Roto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very basic riff runs amok at increasing speed. reverb crashes galore enhance the middle. This murky track is born of exuberance, which carries it off. More or less unchanging aside from the third verse which goes into extreme murk, but those reverb crashes...!

Los Magnificos - La Especial dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A couple of guitars play off each other is stereo split, then disappear, leaving one murky track that's just not much more than a rhythm pattern.

Los Magnificos - La Invasion De Los Pasteles Verdes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While this is a fairly basic riff driven song, it has a charm and attractiveness that makes it work pretty well, and there are a number of changes. The break is spooky space sci-fi like "Out Of Limits." In the end, "La Invasion De Los Pasteles Verdes" is a pretty cool track despite it's demo sound.

Telekrimen - Marea Terror dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked guitar and muted rhythms deliver a relentless number that's kinda cool. The tom toms are dreadfully overbearing, but otherwise "Marea Terror" is a powerful track that gradually rises in intensity. Its minimal riff gets a bit tedious, but overall, it's quite a rocker, and the reverb crash at the end is very cool.

Telekrimen - Somos Zombies dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Liquid chords and moody bass support the weird keys and serial guitar lines. "Somos Zombies" is quite a disturbed track, like surfing at the nut house. Very cool!

Telekrimen - KM-58 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody bass, cymbals, gradually rising snare rolls, and then a scream bring on a super simple riff rocker. It's chunky and riffy, but not very interesting, though the panned glissando is cool, as are the occasional double picked lines.