Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Doktor Dream and the Malpractice - MySpace (12.2006)dotdotdot
artworkDoktor Dream and the Malpractice are an Austin band with an unusual approach. The music is often gloomy, but never soft.
Picks: Jaws, Sharkmen From Chernobyl, Malpractice Waltz, Spiders, Old DDatM Theme

Track by Track Review

Jaws dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With an opening riff reminiscent of "Moment Of Truth," this song quickly becomes spooky and shrill with a desperate sounding melody. I would guess this is a superb song at a decent bit rate instead of the dreadful 96k of this mp3.

Sharkmen From Chernobyl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sharkmen From Chernobyl" uses a simple progression on lead that's in tow of the rhythm. It's edgy and gradually develops drama, but really needs a different mix to bring out the almost spaghetti feeling and power of the guitars. That said, it's an interesting track.

Malpractice Waltz dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The moody chords of "Malpractice Waltz" suggest danger and doom for spies. Non-melodic, and structured as a chord progression without lead melody, the song is nonetheless ominous in its own way. Kinda dank and dramatic. The break, on the other hand sports a cool solo guitar and drums, along with rising drama and danger.

Spiders dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Watery chord whammy and a nervous cycling lead line are complimented by aggressive drums. "Spiders" has a deadly storm surf structure that could have come out of the Southern California surf scene of the early eighties - inland areas to be precise. It reminds me of The Ripp Tides or To Damascus a bit.

Old DDatM Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's just a few feet between "Spiders" and "Old DDatM Theme," among which is the demo sound here, and a less developed arrangement. I love to hear the evolution of songs over time.