Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Fullblown - Agents Of Entropydotdotdot
artworkThis is a hard CD to categorize. It is certainly frat rock based, but there's some rockabilly, some popabilly, and some surf edged instros. Plenty of unusual ideas and new thinking has gone into this. It's creative and well thought out, though mostly lacking strong melodies. It creates that paradox of disliking instros without melodies and like this unavoidably infectious frat rock. Cool stuff.
Picks: Ghoul's The Rule, Doctor's Daughter, Could Be Disaster, Scene One, Negative Nine, Soul Prison, The Perfect Setting

Track by Track Review

Ghoul's The Rule dotdotdotdot
Scary Surf (Instrumental)

A really slow intro, from bass to guitar and pickslide, with spooky organ in back, "Ghoul's The Rule" makes for a frightful experience. It lumbers along, relentlessly approaching the very edge of your ability to hold it together. Dark, brooding, and scary. Very very cool.

Doctor's Daughter dotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Speedy riffin' coolness, like maybe a Tiki Tones nightmare. "Doctor's Daughter" sports suave guitar licks and that haunted organ as well. Garage mean, and quite enjoyable.

Could Be Disaster dotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

"Could Be Disaster" opens with a long drum roll, then bursts into vibratoed fun with a pumpin' garage kinda frat party thing with more draw than that might indicate. Lots of throb, drama, and fun, but little melody.

Scene One dotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Spring springs forth to open this frat rockin' number. It's got a cool beat and infectious rhythm. Very fun.

Negative Nine dotdotdot
Surf Frat Rock (Instrumental)

What an unusual tune... at least from the opening. Surf damped notes, drums in sync, and then a frat jam ensues. Nifty "Bat Man"-ish sorta riff.

Soul Prison dotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Spiffy ska backed slowish scary discordant edge... cool percussion and beat, and well... just plain cool, like a garaged instro "Hold Me Tight" kinda thing.

The Perfect Setting dotdotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Cautious introductory organ notes pump out a hint of the vibrato fear to follow. This riff rocker is just plain unique and fun. It throbs with danger and meanness. "The Perfect Setting" is mighty infectious, melody lack not withstanding.