Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Fifty Foot Combo - Go Hunting!dotdotdotdot
artworkAfter a couple of singles, this fine band releases a strong first CD, garagie in nature, precise in performance, and infectious in it's shifted trad stylings. They are somewhere between Mar Gaya and Martin Denny.
Picks: It's Alive, The Tunnel, Doe De Duif, Inspection #5, Dimitrius, The Brain From Planet X, I Think I Shot Her, Drums A Go-Go, The Escape, Minesweeper, Hully Gully Stomp

Track by Track Review

It's Alive dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Introduced by a borrowed bit from a black and white horror film, this quickly breaks into raging surf, pure and edgy. The melody is in the tradition of the vintage era, simple format, with a ton of energy. More power than melody, more spunk than subtlety.

The Tunnel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is quite a strong track. It is not too melodic, but enough so that it doesn't wear thin or lose your interest. It has plenty of energy, and a lot of really cool effects and affectations via the guitar. Twisted, demented, intense, and solid.

Doe De Duif dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chord intro, surf stop-start, chunky delivery. A very simple progression, and a bunch of energy. Nice track for the background to your nightmares. It has a Mission Impossible feel without the melodic sense. Pretty cool. "Doe De Duif" means "Do the Pigeon."

Inspection #5 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dedicated to the people who put those stupid little slips in you new underwear... It's exotic, smooth, and tribal. Almost Santana like.

Dimitrius dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Atlantic's intense tune, with Cossack "Hey!" shouts and energetic screams of joy. Lots of energy and attack. A fine cover.

The Brain From Planet X dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Smooth loungy tiki bar exotica, melodic, funny, and well executed. Growling double picked middle part, followed by a short narrative of mysterious origins.

I Think I Shot Her dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slinky cliquey intro, finger poppin' leopard skin slow, and moody. Melodic, frilly, and quite pretty. The vibrations are subtle but effective. The melody line is almost spaghetti western.

Drums A Go-Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Major chunky reverby coolness, translating Paul Buff's classic Hollywood Persuaders song from a horn-like keyboard go go tune into a stompin' intense surf monster. What a great song. The tribal drums are thicker and more thunderous than the original. The George of the Jungle bass line is too nifty.

The Escape dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and layered with surf chunk and pummeling, this is not really melodic, but it is riff driven and powerful. Just not melodic enough for me.

Minesweeper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fine tones, rumbling thunder, and a slow damped chord pluck mark the opening verse. The damped playing throughout is quite fine. This is a classic surf riff styled tune, and it's also well played. It is slightly oriental, chunky rhythmically, and whammified appropriately.

Hully Gully Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nearly Dick Dale like in its double picked fury, and owing to Mar Gaya, this is a fine surf monster that is interrupted by country interludes that creep right back into the surf mainstream. Pretty nice track.