Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Escape Velocity - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThis unique band creates inventive soundscapes that are surf based, space void crisp, collapsing star ominous, and sometimes difficult to classify as instro or vocal. I've arbitrarily done this based only on the minimal voicings included, but even the vocals can be mostly instros with a few lines. It's all too dark and wonderful. The vocals include "When The Sun Explodes" and the super eerie "Landing Pad," plus the gravel vox "Gravitational Constant." So, does time fly, or are we thinking of flies that time-travel in "Time Flies?" Is lunch served with the diners' theme "Donner Colony?" Closing out is "Dark Unknown," which features ultra eerie dark fuzz horror, like Davie Allan in a haunted castle, with hopelessness and fear ruling the day. Moody, relentless, progressing from disturbed hints of the future to the mindless conclusions of the night. Most unusual and very interesting, like industrial surf.
Picks: Your Weapons Are Useless, Surf Till You Die, Beaches of Planet X

Track by Track Review


Your Weapons Are Useless dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Your Weapons Are Useless" sports a solid riff, a surf feel, and a gutty meanness. The rhythmic chunk of the riff is fine. There's not much of a melody, more of a progression. Still, it works really well.

Surf Till You Die dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Till You Die" rolls down the coast highway in search of surf. It's fluid melody and the bands smooth delivery invoke images of optimistic sunrise safaris. Several guitar tones come into play along the way, adding a sense of journey to the song. It has some of the same imagery as projected by "Lonely Road" (Mermen), but it is slower. It ends with a single verse narrated vocal about the surf. Very cool track.

Beaches of Planet X dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzz attack, electronic assault, surf guitar, and a floating riff with lots of damped delay moving in and out against an eerie keyboard. It's like an eighties electro interpretation of the surf, yet is immediate and timely. Quite intriguing.