Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Elvis Can't Surf - Nice Trunksdotdotdot
artworkOverall, the sound is thin and the drums weak, but the music is excellent. Some of this is quite inventive,m and they certainly have a handle on being dramatic. Twelve instros and a hand full of vocals, including "Crawl," "Psycho Chick," "Don't Make Me Wait," "My Mommy, My Zombie," and "Sic(k) Things." The two guitarists, Bill Smith and Pete Botica used to be in the Dialtones.
Picks: SurfZILLA, Dewey Weber's Ashes, Angry Surf, The Fly, Seaweed, Sharks Feed At Night, Los Victorguena, Closeout At Mavericks, Floating Face Down, The Grim Reverb, Floating Face Down, Sharks (acoustic)

Track by Track Review


SurfZILLA dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Semi reptilian surf slithering from the depths. "SurfZILLA" is dramatic and commanding. The nervous edge of the music leads to a sense of aquaborne doom. "Here lizard lizard." - Taco Bell Chihuahua.

Dewey Weber's Ashes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a trad basis and a sad overtone, "Dewey Weber's Ashes" plays out with a lust for the here and now and a reverence for what went before. Nicely played, reverb and whammy, and enough variation to keep the riffs afloat.

Angry Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More angry chords than melody due to an unsympathetic mix, yet "Angry Surf" is a satisfying track. Chunky and thumpy... a gray winter swell power surge. I hate it when a classic chord progression is used and I can't recall the source... it's some classic early punk anthem.

The Fly dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An insect warble modulated lead guitar leaves the impression that a giant flyous buzzicus is about to lite on your back porch, ending life on earth as we know it. Adventurous and estranged from reality.

Seaweed dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mid tempo afternoon floater, pretty in a semi dissonant way, yet having somewhere to go. The writing is really nice, while the arrangement might benefit from a little development. The lead guitar lines are very cool, but the backtrack seems a little unrelated. Still, In like this a lot.

Sharks Feed At Night dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of drama here, with more menace than frill, more darkness than light. The adrenaline rush from spotting the dorsal fin just outside is evident. The forced calm of intentional survival mode is clear, while the hair still raises on the back of the neck. Fast where it needs to be, swimming whammified elsewhere, and always visual. Excellent track.

Los Victorguena dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fade in to Dick Dale's "The Victor" merged with Ernesto Lecuona's "Maleguena" brings a dramatic streaming video to your ears... Both pieces of music get a new edge and treatment from the mind of Elvis Can't Surf.

Closeout At Mavericks dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While a fine tune, it doesn't convey the gloom of the gray waves that pummel the rocks at Mavericks during a solid winter storm. On the other hand, it does convey the thrill of the ride... you can just about see one of those ESPN shots at a cold water competition.

Floating Face Down dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Floating Face Down" is the last ride position. It should be avoided at all costs. Mostly a rippin' riff rocker, this sports major drive and power and a nasty progression. It's dramatic and relentless. The break is really cool, where the guitars gently wisp in the background like an unsure sighting between monster swells when someone is missing.

The Grim Reverb dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a great title. Echoed guitar licks creep out in a spooky scene. Disturbed, perturbed, and reverbed. Mostly a progression, but it gradually builds to a pitch before settling into more unnerving spookiness. Quite fine!

Floating Face Down dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Floating Face Down" is the last ride position. It should be avoided at all costs. Mostly a rippin' riff rocker, this sports major drive and power and a nasty progression. It's dramatic and relentless. The break is really cool, where the guitars gently wisp in the background like an unsure sighting between monster swells when someone is missing.

Sharks (acoustic) dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A dramatic recitation yields to a thrilling acoustic portrayal of "Sharks Feed At Night." Acoustic guitar, accordion... what else. It's a playful reenactment.