Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Garage Sale - Pointless Summer
|Garage Sale move effortlessly between various incarnations of garage and surf, filtered through their car port of course. Six way cool instros amid a gaggle of garage (in the modern sense) goodies.|
Picks: Testerossa, Couples Only, Brentless, Song Of Hope, Flight Of The Emu, Superlube
Track by Track Review
With an intense drive and stinging string swipes, "Testerossa" proves to be a powerful, yet extremely simple progression of surfisms. Heavy, thundering drums, rumbling bass, and dark ocean ominosity. It grows on you.
On the light hearted side, "Couples Only" is a playful number with a fanciful melody line and sound, and a semi-country lilt. Reminiscent of Cat Mother and some of the bluesier west coast surf of the early eighties, this track puts on a happy face and lures you in.
Round bass, chicken cluckin' guitaristry, and coastal splash coexist with a chorus and frantic pace. Tribal drums and grins ride the curl throughout. "Brentless" is out on its own limb, but there's no risk of using the saw. Too fun!
"Song Of Hope" is a riff rockin' instro with a bit of a nod to the Ziggens and a clear view of the garage. Groovy glissandos hint of the surf.
Dueling guitars noodle and slurry their way through the brine in a disjointed mesh of fun and frothy strangitude. The use of the seeming disjointedness actually adds to this, as long as you don't mind being a bit uncomfortable while being sucked in. Pretty fun.
A few messages left on the answering machine are overlaid on this basic rhythmic instro in a way that hints of the Surf Punks trying to be the Velvet Underground doing "The Gift." Pretty fun.