Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Del-Magnums - Teenagesupersonicsurftrashrocknrolldotdotdot
artworkThe Del-Magnums CD sports consistently paced hard driving surf instrumentals from a frat perspective. Some of the writing is exceptional, and the performances are good. Its demo sound leaves a lot to be desired, but there's lots of high energy frat surf rage. These folks are likely a very fun band to see live. There are three unlisted tracks at the end, but they have nothing to do with surf music.
Picks: Intro / Catfight In Cell Block 'D', Mom Beach, Getaway Gear Grind, Whitewall, Dreamlover, Drop Squad, 3 Beats Down The Road, Tin Star, Barely Legal, Secret-Bat-Munster-Man

Track by Track Review


Intro / Catfight In Cell Block 'D' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Drum grumbling surf and frat with the girls chanting "Teenage Supersonic Surf Trash Rock 'n' Roll" Quite a bit of groovy surf guitar here, and tons of energy.

Mom Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raging surf guitar and rumbling bass thunder in an optimistic groove. Infectious and very fun, with rich surf tone and lots of energy.

Getaway Gear Grind dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Getaway Gear Grind" is too fun and full of life. Fiery glissandoes and rolling thunder. The riff is most unusual.

Whitewall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Whitewall" has a sorta sad optimism, and features organ inserted amid the surf. The melody line is very good, infectious as they say.

Dreamlover dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sorta high school prom rhythm and a dribbling double picked lead melody loosely modeled on "Runaway." Very nice song.

Drop Squad dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An overpowering swirling organ in an otherwise mean surf guitar tune. Plenty of power, just too much keys in the mix.

3 Beats Down The Road dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked surf fire and grumbling thunder. Dramatic and kinda frat fired, "3 Beats Down The Road" sports glissandoes and choppy breaks.

Tin Star dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rolling tribal beat and rumbling bass grumble under a really nice guitar line. The writing here is excellent. Not exactly catchy in the pop sense, but powerful and very satisfying.

Barely Legal dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mean and thundering with low-E double picked leads and a fine riff.

Secret-Bat-Munster-Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A merger between "Secret Agent Man," "Bat Man," and "Munsters." Interesting arrangement, but it doesn't hold my interest, especially when the sax comes in.