Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Foundry - Mystery Riderdotdotdot
artworkThere are many adventurous ideas here well worth checking out. The Foundry are often inventive. The production values are uneven and frequently place the drums at such an overbearing level that the lead guitar is buried. A great band in need of better mixdown and engineers.
Picks: Nitro, The Jester, G.O.O.M.B., Rumble In The Congo, Toad, Walk Don't Run, Bobzilla, 2 Minute Warning, Speed Bali

Track by Track Review


Nitro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's "Nitro" is big and punky and boomy. It's played in a high compliance fashion. Boomy production separates it from the original.

The Jester dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is all about the drums, with the lead guitar way too low in the mix. Jim Messina and the Jesters' "The Jester" has been done many times, virtually always with more flair and energy. The liner notes declare this song to have been undiscovered since its recording, but that seems to be based on a misreading of the liner notes of the quoted source that "The Jester" used, for it was only a previously unreleased version.

G.O.O.M.B. dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"G.O.O.M.B." is a dark and dangerous number with ugly tone and minimal riffology. The drums are way too present, making the rest of the song disappear. The rapid wah-wah in the middle is pretty cool, taking the song into a weird psych place.

Rumble In The Congo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

3 Balls Of Fire's song is done in a fresh and dark way. The trumpet adds a sense of sleaze to the song. "Rumble In The Congo" is moody, relentless, and heavy. Quite interesting!

Toad dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Ginger Baker-ish drums and rumbling bass drive into a punkoidal fuzz fest. Minimal dark riffs and huge sound.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and sludgy cover of the Johnny Smith's song based on The Ventures' 1960 version. "Walk Don't Run" is done in a very direct fashion, but the tone and production make it seem brand new. Very cool!

Bobzilla dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Bobzilla" is slow and Link Wray-ish, with salty bells and trembling guitar. The sultry wah wah adds a disturbing edge, and the psychedelic swirls complete this epic sludger. Too cool!

2 Minute Warning dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"2 Minute Warning" sounds like a punky thumper, with guitar kinda low in the mix. Aside from overbearing drum production, it doesn't offer much. No real melody, just progressions.

Speed Bali dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Speed Bali" dribbles in a leaky boat kinda way, with spatial production and very busy drums. It's moody and melodic, yet dark and dangerous. The arrangement is very interesting, but the production holds it back.