Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Les Fantomes - Watch Your Step / No Man's Land / The Mexican / Mustangdotdotdot
artworkThis ep features "No Man's Land," a song that was rerecorded a year later as "Ski Storm" in the US.
Picks: Watch Your Step, No Man's Land, Mustang

Track by Track Review


Watch Your Step dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Watch Your Step" is all about the trembling delay on the lead guitar, which provides a sort of rainy day feeling. It's a fine song in the European mold.

No Man's Land dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Great twangy coolness abounds in "No Man's Land." It's a bouncy and infectious echo laden rocker with surf creds. The melody riff is unique and very catchy. Recorded in 1962, this same song would appear a year later rerecorded by The Snow Men (future Sun Rays) under the title "Ski Storm."

The Mexican dotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "The Mexican" is played prettily with heavy echo on the guitar. While very competent, this is mostly dismissible.

Mustang dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Dark second guitar opens what becomes a galloping open range song with a sense of adventure. The heavy guitar echo, in my opinion, takes away from what could have been a killer western instro.