Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Sonny Flaharty and the Mark V - Hey Conductordotdotdot
artworkAs Bacchus Archives digs through attics across America, they keep coming up with local and regional bands languishing in near complete obscurity who surely must have had a buzz in their day. Sonny Flaharty and the Mark V is sorta like that, with a frat snarl and grind that must have been heard at many fraternity parties. In fact they were courted several times by different labels, from Warner Brothers to Phillips, recording some pretty hard edged garage pop. Formerly the Rich Kids from Toronto, they relocated in 1965 to Dayton, Ohio, becoming the Mark V. Some of the tracks on this disc were recorded live, but most are fresh outta little studios with a freshness and crisp attack that seems like it was only yesterday. An excellent CD, and there's even a kinda cool instro.
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Coconut Stomp Pt. 2 dotdotdot
Frat (Instrumental)

Recorded reasonably well at a spirited recording, part two of "Coconut Stomp" is a raucous organ instro with great drums and a magnificent thumping-walking bass. The break is carried by a dry guitar. Not a trace of surf, but surf drums and a fine melody riff delivered in an infectious format.