Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Enchanters - Surf Blast c/w Tum Tiki
|Two decent surf instros from this Southern California band. Both have been bootleg-comped.|
Picks: Surf Blast, Tum-Tiki
Track by Track Review
While strictly a riff rocker, this surf tune is quite infectious, with splashy guitar and a nasty sax out front. Lots of energy and plenty of changes. In some ways, it's like a minor Eddie and the Showmen track.
Moaning tummy aches and dark growls accompany a cool reverbed surf line, while exotica jungle sounds filter through. It's a brooding piece from 1963 that clearly borrows from the Martin Denny influences that were everywhere. The melody is really cool. Is this about Alka-Seltzer in the jungle or Thor Heyerdahl's raft? Spoo-ooky! "Tum-Tiki" has a cold wind blowing throughout while a slow mean riff repeats, before a sax comes to the front with a nasty wail. Occasional double picking is used, but mostly this lumbers the haunted halls of POP. Lumbering over constant wind sounds like in the old black and white ghost stories, evil sax, dark brooding guitar tone. This track drags you into the haunted regions of your imagination. It is relentless and repetitious, based on a progression, devoid of melody, and very effective. It's interesting to note that the Tiki Tones covered it in the nineties.