Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This 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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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" 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!
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" 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.