Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Dr. Frankenstein - The Psychotic Sounds Of...dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a wonderful release. The sounds are fresh and immediate, and the writing quite good. With ample surf elements for the punters, and plenty of post discotheque sci-fi for the adventurous. There are a couple of vocals on the disc too, "She's My Man..." and "Don't Wanna See You"
Picks: ...At The Laboratory, Casbah, Hallugina #4 (Gas Station), Mar Gaya, Road To Tobasco, Hypnotic Girl, Let There Be Surf, Surfin' At Sambouco Beach, Porno Star (+18), Nightmare In Elche / Electro III, Ghost City 2056

Track by Track Review


...At The Laboratory dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An aural tour of the lab... great effects.

Casbah dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a thundering rendition of this classic, based on the Exotics' version, where many of the melody notes are incorrect. Lots of power and thunder. The drums solo is accompanied by a paraphrase of "Caravan."

Hallugina #4 (Gas Station) dotdotdot
Discotheque Surf (Instrumental)

Surfable rhythmic thrash and pump, like sped up discotheque from a bygone era, with cool echoed organ notes interspersed. Some words are injected. Unusual and spacy.

Mar Gaya dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spacy grindy reinvention of the Fender Four's powerhouse. The power pummel is replaced by vibrato throb and sci-fi keys. "Mar Gaya" is entirely different as a result, and it works really well in this futurist arrangement. Very cool.

Road To Tobasco dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little windy, a little spunky, and very cool. Vibrato guitars lightly play a fine melody that's magically friendly and warm. The eerie arrangement is spectacular, like a cross between Martin Denny and Mr. Spock.

Hypnotic Girl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hypnotic Girl" throbs with vibrato and hides like a spy in the rain. Eerie and a little unnerving, while also being attractive and fluid. Very interesting.

Let There Be Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rousing cover of the Chevells' infectious "Let There Be Surf," with Spanish trumpets and lots of fire. The translation works well, and leaves you quite satisfied. Very cool!

Surfin' At Sambouco Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfin' At Sambouco Beach" is a pretty heavy garagy surf epic, with power and grind, and a catchy riff. Lots of fine whammy and pounding tom toms.

Porno Star (+18) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long slow vibrato throb and dramatic drums lumber for the intro, then jump into a frothy and rhythmic riff. Spooky and quirky.

Nightmare In Elche / Electro III dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big vibrato throb, a Spanish melody, and exotic percussion. "Nightmare In Elche / Electro III" are a pair of Meteors tunes, with the psychobilly removed and western ghost town implanted. Quite interesting to hear this treatment.

Ghost City 2056 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and nearly beautiful track, relying on the shimmer and throb of vibrato and a dramatic progression. It's quite spooky, and very cool. In some ways, it's like the (Swedish) Rumblers slowed way down and cleaned up. Excellent!