Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Gallon Drunk - Tonight...The Singles Bar
|This CD is a collection of their three singles. While they are a fascinating and unusual band in their own corner of the musical world, their reverent and twisted treatment of surf at the hands of technocrats is amazingly interesting. The slowness is excruciatingly painful, and yet you can't pass it by. A curious addition to your library for weirding out your surf purist friends.|
Track by Track Review
Surf Strangitudinal Slowness (Instrumental)
Can you spell s-s-l-o-o-w-w-w? This most unusual rendition of the surf classic "Miserlou" owes much to both surf and the Mediterranean roots of the song, and even more to an over active imagination. It was originally the B-side of a 1500 copy single, recorded in April '91. Each instrument would appear to have been mastered at a different speed, resulting in a most unsettling mix. The cymbals are way too high pitched. The bass is super low. The guitar plays with painful slow meter, not double picked, but rather insidiously vibratoed. Changing speeds only moves the strangitude from one instrument to another. Because it is so very slow, the 4:43 time seems unbearably long. Yet, this track has an endearing quality that prevents you from saying "Yuk!" and turning it off. My first reaction was "what the hell are they doing," then "hey, that's really weird," and finally "this is cool!." It's not like you can listen all the time, but it really sticks in your mind, a little like those commercial jingles you hate and hum to yourself all the time. A paradox wrapped in jewel box.