Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA El Ray - El Frank Francesco D'Angelo EP
|Denmark produces a new surf band with a whole new approach. The surf is dominant, and some of the familiar influences are at work to, but there's lots new to chew on and some very good writing. I can't wait for a whole CD.|
Picks: Tornado, The Spider, Sniper Driver, Casbah, El Ray, The Plan
Track by Track Review
Splashy chords infectiously pound out a beach image over great drums. A fine double picked lead strides amidst the sounds, not quite commanding, yet luring you into its clutches. This is a really fine piece, with a catchy feel and very different tone.
Spy Surf (Instrumental)
"The Spider" starts off slow and easy, but quickly launches into a thick swirl of chords and double picked frenzy. Very adventurous and refreshing.
A slow and funky bass line leads into a surf playground with rich tone and playful almost Austin structures. The ska backbeat that eventually emerges is really nice. Nicely arranged, playfully thought out, and very well done. Excellent!
Richie Podolor's "Casbah" is given a different face that is both restrained and powerful. In some ways, it's like the Mermen version, and in others, it's gentle. Very rich and cool.
Choppy percussive and playful, "El Ray" has some of the feel of the Mermen without the heavy duty amping. Chorded and fluid, this rolls and rocks like a safari to Balboa. Fine double picking and very rhythmic.
Tweaky, twisted, demented... and that's the opening. "A Shot In The Dark" at an evil asylum where the inmates are in charge. Quirky and playful, and very cool.