Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Dead Beat - Demodotdotdot
artworkThese are the demos, of the songs from Certified Beachcomber. Only the lo-fi sound lessens the impact of these songs.
Picks: Ebb Tide, Mystery Cove, Sandstorm, Shore Break, Thou Shall Surf, Venture 8, Whet Beat

Track by Track Review

Ebb Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big splash and pick slide spunk, with a cycling melody riff. Well crafted, with borrowings from "Bat Man." Just fun.

Mystery Cove dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mid tempo with a circular rhythm pattern and whammy chords. The progression and whammy are the key, making the aural scenery much more important than the melody line. Tuff, yet easy.

Sandstorm dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Borrowing from The Surfaris' "Scatter Shield" at times, and accented with pick slides, "Sandstorm" is a splendidly cool track that surely could have been born in '64. Very cool!

Shore Break dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Modified line from Dave Myers and the Surftones' "Road To Rincon" follow an introduction right off "Miserlou." OK, but that doesn't diminish its cool factor. "Shore Break" is exciting and engaging.

Thou Shall Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Infectious and rhythmic, "Thou Shall Surf" is part sixties and part now. it uses part of the chord progressions from The Super Stocks' "Midnight Run" and The Original Surfaris' "Moment Of Truth." While these are obvious reference points, it's also different enough to stand on its own.

Venture 8 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dribbling double picking at times, and open notes and big whammy chords the rest of the time. Fun and spunky.

Whet Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very cool drum beat with some nods to Bo Diddley drives this almost tribal number home. "Whet Beat" is very original and quite fun. Glissandos, two interdependent guitars, and a splashy grin.