Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Go! - Demo Tapedotdotdot
artworkThis 8 song demo from 2000 contains 6 songs that did not see later release. The performance is sometimes tentative, and some tracks not well developed, but there's plenty of promise here.
Picks: Rockman, Robotic Leisure, Profteroles, Positronic Process, Longboard Tube Riding, El Mariachi

Track by Track Review


Rockman dotdotdot
Space Chopper (Instrumental)

"Rockman" is primitive relative to its later release. It's not at all thick or loud. The dry chop chords also much lighter. With cleaner lead guitar, it's almost like a different song.

Starship Hijack dotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Space and sub-surf, electronic noodling noises, and dissonant guitar tone, along with chaotic, almost disconnected drums create a disquieting sound. I had a hard time getting engaged with "Starship Hijack."

Robotic Leisure dotdotdot
Robot (Instrumental)

This early version of "Robotic Leisure" is much less robotic, and more surfy. Muted notes and a cool melody riff give the song future promise. It's light hearted and mildly ominous at the same time.

Switchstance 2000 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm pattern in the opening of "Switchstance 2000" is really cool, but it quickly becomes a fairly nondescript sub punk instro. Dissonant and mechanical at times.

Profteroles dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody that rides astride post hippy chop cords resides in a juxtaposed plane. The bass seems in step with the melody line, while the drums are almost as if they are not involved in the song. The tension between these elements creates intrigue.

Positronic Process dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Positronic Process" is by far the best developed track on this 2000 demo, with multiple guitars playing off each other, whammy chords, and a solid rhythm section. Glissandos tumble and a surf beat carries the theme. Very cool!

Longboard Tube Riding dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gloomy industrial bass and slow pacing, ringing surf chords, and military surf drums add up to a dangerous night on uncertain waves. "Longboard Tube Riding" is well developed, but a little stiff.

El Mariachi dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Mariachi" has a bad hair day as the old days slip away. While it's a bit stiff, the song is very cool, and one can easily imagine it becoming very powerful in full bloom.