Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
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artworkDalibor Pavicic [Bambi Molesters] has compiled a very good cross section of today's surf sounds. While most tracks are available on full CD's by the artists and elsewhere, this comp is really solid and an excellent introduction to the current sound of surf. There are also some previews from upcoming releases, and other gems as well.
Picks: Overboard, Hypnovista, The Man With Mandibles, Checkpoint Echo, Gunmetal Express, SL 54 Automatic, High Wall, Out Of Limits, Teenage Surf Vampires, Saroonie, Devil's Slide, Swami's Reef, The Legend Of Hanau Eepe, Mexican Highway, Vigilante Rider, Sands Go Vermilion, Brylcreem Pillow, Shark Attack, Thunder Over Rincon, The Rise and Fall Of Flingel Bunt, Rosarito 3-Day, Titanic, Big Time Action, Southern Surf Syndicate Theme, Flaming Arrow, Haunted Beach

Track by Track Review

Overboard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked, angry guitar sound, and wet ambiances. The melody is good, and the rhythm is catchy.

Hypnovista dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Shimmering Shadows-like pluckanova, moderately melodic, slightly loungie, and free of anything surf. The break is a spiffy percussive bit. Think low key Laika & the Cosmonauts, without the flair, but with more delicate playing.

The Man With Mandibles dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked surf rage, flying notes in a sad but pretty melody, and a fine rhythm, plus fine reverb crashes. This is moderately paced number with an organ in a subtle support role, which adds to the mood of the piece. A short intro sample speaks "God told us to laugh at you. That's right, he TOLD us to laugh at you."

Checkpoint Echo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An excellent spaghetti western flavored track from Tuscaloosa, Alabama's claim to fame. This is a tasty and rhythmic track, with excellent guitar tone and a very nice melody riff. With a little Alfredo sauce, it would be a main course at the pizzeria. Excellent.

Gunmetal Express dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slithery vibrato second guitar, slightly Euro-spy influenced melody, and perfectly wonderful lead guitar make for a solid old world mystery. Nice track.

SL 54 Automatic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slinky and dark, driven and relentless, this riff meister uses drama and flying drums, and mighty speedy double picking. While it's not very melodic, it is an excellent track, absolutely power driven and bullet speed raging. The delicate damped end is really nice.

High Wall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Wailers' classic prison break instro is amped up to a frenzied escape attempt. It retains the ominous nature of the original, while adding the watery grave threatening just off The Rock as the cons slip into the shorebreak. Very powerful - probably the best cover of this tune.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From a delicate start, into a chordy power thing, then into an increasing tempo for that familiar riff. This cover of the Mike Gordon / Mar-Ketts classic is faster than most, and much guttier as well. A refreshing change from your average limited rendition. The energy is really good, and I found myself able to ignore the "oh, another cover of that" syndrome and actually listen and enjoy. Good track.

Teenage Surf Vampires dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a fine and fun track. Featuring many fine glissandoes and a sorta Jon & the Nightriders melody line, this quickly gets under your skin. Rhythmic and very infectious. The duel guitar glissando at the end is quite spiffy. From their Hot Box CD.

Saroonie dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

"Saroonie" is a spy based tune that uses a weird little Ventures In Space howl, and a Euro TV theme feel. The melody riff is very cool, and the guitar tone very surfy.

Devil's Slide dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Just South of Half Moon Bay is a stretch of Highway One that is forever falling into the sea. This swimmingly cool tune is dedicated to that perennially failing roadbed. It sports very nifty howling feedback, chunky rhythms, strong lead work, tortured lines, and a dissonant edge that warns of a one way trip down the cliff to mother ocean.

Swami's Reef dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Middle eastern flutes and sounds hinting of the pyramids, before the fine surf melody comes forth. The bass is overpowering in the mix.

The Legend Of Hanau Eepe dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mostly percussion track is exotica based, tiki spiced, poi flavored, and rhythmically powered. Big chord accents and a double picked melody line serve as a vehicle for the very cool drum work. The tiki torch is lit.

Mexican Highway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's just one word for this... THROBBING! It's big, vibrato driven, mean, nasty, and, dare I say it... throbbing! Fuzz guitar, evil vibrato, and ultra heavy tone. The contrast established between the ringing guitar and the fuzz is excellent. Thick and dangerous.

Vigilante Rider dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Vigilante Rider" opens with "Church Key" whammy dips, then suddenly drops into the depths of demented stinging guitar, melodic, hyper powered, and very big. Raging bulls don't break china like this. Thick and rhythmic.

Sands Go Vermilion dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This grodie slow groove is definitely a stroll, of the midnight variety. It employs a simple riff, lime the sort of thing that Link Wray does so well with, and it has that sort of guitar tone as well. Plodding and ominous.

Brylcreem Pillow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The mere thought of a "Brylcreem Pillow" brings images of stiff hair stuck to the linen... argh! The track is a subtle whammied thing, with a low-E twang edging into island territory, surf enough to partake of the waves. Not very melodic, but still quite interesting.

Shark Attack dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid track with great tom-tom action. It features super cool damped and extreme guitar funnery in the break. What a monster! Gotta have it! Can they do no wrong?

Thunder Over Rincon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the first studio outing for Jon and the Nightriders' incredible "Thunder Over Rincon." It is exactly that, a thundering ominous rumbler of a tune, gutsy and dark. John Blair's creativity is, as always, strident. His skill at generating genre-perfect instros on the dark power side of the aisle is without compare. Mean track.

The Rise and Fall Of Flingel Bunt dotdotdot
Orange County Shadows (Instrumental)

Named after the Rick Griffin cartoon character that graced the pages of Surfer Magazine, this is one of the few Shadows tunes that the Southbay surf scene bands adopted (as opposed to the Orange County sound that is usually thought of as thee surf sound). Satan's Pilgrims deliver a strait cover filtered through their Orange County sound, recorded with ambient drums that are weak in the mix.

Rosarito 3-Day dotdotdotdot
Orange County Shadows (Instrumental)

Mexican flavored with a real sense of cruisin' down the road South of the border for fishing and tequila sunrises. Slacktone are just too cool. From their Warning: Reverb Instrumentals CD.

Titanic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine and unusual number, structured much like the Bambi Molesters, but played like the Treblemakers. This track is warm and infectious, and very fluid. It employs just a few simple riffs, but uses them so wisely that it is hard to get out of your head once heard. Great track.

Big Time Action dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The big drama of an approaching storm, intermittent twango, double picked lead on the low-E, and a light transition into calmer and clear water make for a very interesting track.

Southern Surf Syndicate Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Southern Surf Syndicate Theme" is a tasty track from their forthcoming CD Locked And Loaded. It's very playful, and readily identifiable as theirs, with a very friendly melody line, and an infectious rhythm. The Penetrators are among the best along the Southern edge of the USA.

Flaming Arrow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Leaning only slightly on the Crossfires' "Fiberglass Jungle" in the opening notes, this is a strong Euro spy melody with visions of Indian uprisings. It's good to hear Indian tunes that aren't stereotypical. Nice sax work.

Haunted Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eerie, forbidden sadness, riders on the wake. This is a very nice moody piece, with a pretty melody, a nice interplay between lead and rhythm, and a haunting appeal. It almost cries, but won't quite allow the tears to flow. It's more an optimistic look forward than an self indulged look back. From their Hot Box CD.