Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Dead Rocks - Promo CD 2008dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a press promo from The Dead Rocks. It collects a half dozen tracks a various releases. It's a good representation of the band.
Picks: Beach's Bitch, Theme for Rock is Dead, Tiki Twist, Center Of The Universe, One Million Dollar Theme, La Terrible Maldicion de Tutankamon

Track by Track Review


Beach's Bitch dotdotdotdot
Heavy Surf (Instrumental)

This gently shimmered vibrato masterpiece may be pretty in its own way, but that does not mean it's quiet. The melody is haunting and sad, and the bass provides a stable platform for the drums to inject their beat. Quite a nice track.

Theme for Rock is Dead dotdotdot
Heavy Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy double picked guitar and a thundering rough tonality come right at you as you launch into "Theme For Rock Is Dead." More about the relentlessness of the sound than melody for sure, yet very powerful and magnetic.

Tiki Twist dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From a dark version of the sort of stylistic flair that "California Sun" exudes, "Tiki Twister" merges the limitless heroism of "Bat Man" and amped glissandos with reverb splash and coolness. It's a track that isn't particularly "twist' stylistically, but is very cool surf.

Center Of The Universe dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Up tempo and full of panoramic surf imagery, coupled with thick whammy chords, "Center Of The Universe" is an epic tale of travel across great expanses in search of the ultimate curl. It's a very cool track!

One Million Dollar Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"One Million Dollar Theme" is a double picked roots rock based number that straddles surf and rockabilly. Greta drums and solid energy drive it home. The melody riff is simple and direct, and implies a bumble bee frantically searching for its hive. Great speedy glissandos complete the picture.

La Terrible Maldicion de Tutankamon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great surf rhythm on the left is replaced by lead melody when the muted reverb guitar on the right takes hold. The rising drums and bass subtlety perfectly support "La Terrible Maldicion de Tutankamon" as it evolves. I think this is easily the coolest track here. Great whammy chords, liquid reverb, big twang, drama, and very well thought out arranging.