Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Tubedotdotdotdot
artworkRight off, the track listing is off because the introductory sound effects bit titled "The Tube" is segued into the Derangers' "Monkey Island," and not separated with a track mark. So, even though no track numbers are on the sleeve, the apparent track numbers are all off by one. OK, so I'm over that now. Otherwise, this is a fine CD. It compiles some otherwise unavailable tracks from lesser known East Coast bands. A great buy, I say!
Picks: Monkey Island, Impaler, Let Loose The Kraken, Fish Taco, Severe Beach, The Missile, Incognito, Cervesa On The Mesa (Cervesa On Dee Mesa), Tut's Tomb, The Spy Who Couldn't Get Any Action, Theme From Ray, Revenge Of The Mole Man, Untitled

Track by Track Review

Monkey Island dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty tuff band, full of energy and edge, and solid writing skills. This twangy melodic track sports a whammified lead that pierces the mix with stinging tones. This song has a playful air about it, and is permeated with simian sounds over a tropical backtrack. Very tasty.

Impaler dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As solid as the name implies, and as ominous as a Link Wray epic, this tune provides a weighty assault of the tranquility of your livingroom. Full bodied, deliberately paced, overwhelmingly powerful. The tribal drums add to the danger.

Let Loose The Kraken dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the coolest band names around. The opening narrative is from some sci-fi flick which is ended with the song title and transitions into a grand reverb kick. The song sports super reverbed rhythm guitar and thundering percussion under a solid melody.

Fish Taco dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a surfable track that reminds me a little of Tommy & the Piers is texture and structure. It has the same kind energy, edgie guitar, and inserted shouts. Strong track that fits right in with "Shorebreak."

Severe Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A heavy ominously toned number with vibrato lead and a shimmering sense that goes to an aggressive double-timed bridge between verses. This track seems more a punk track than a surf track. It is nowhere near as interesting as "Fish Taco."

The Missile dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

First off, this is not the Tidal Waves of mid-eighties LA (and aren't you glad). Second, it is a grindy guitar instro waiting for a melody to arrive on it's shore. There's no shortage of spirit, but it seems to be little more than a backtrack.

Incognito dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Middle Eastern mystery opens this track, then morphs into the smooth theme for a murder mystery not yet written.

Cervesa On The Mesa (Cervesa On Dee Mesa) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This tracks has appeared already on several compilations. It's cool and melodic.

Tut's Tomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Middle Eastern intentions, flourishes of "Coffin nails," and a light hearted approach makes it groove. The melody is simple and effective. This is a subtle tune that hooks you about half way through. Pretty cool.

The Spy Who Couldn't Get Any Action dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mighty trio delivers a very simple and effective track. It oozes spy tones, mysterious bits, and shimmering chords. Some power chord work breaks up the middle of the track. A nice number.

Theme From Ray dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a cool track. This has a string-bent weirdness to it, like some Eric Lenchner (Ultras) Halloween track. It spooks, haunts, and generally thrills in a dangerous way. Slow and sinewy, this is a dark surf classic to be. Very cool indeed.

Revenge Of The Mole Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very nifty number, employing a basic surf progression style melody, and lots of chunk. It rolls right into your livingroom, stays for a while, and leaves you satisfied afterward.

Untitled dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mighty pretty track, very surfy, energetic, and well worth the price of the CD. So, how come it's not on the artwork, not on the sleeve, nowhere... Dribbling double picked melodies, infectious construction, and truly endearing style.