Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Goldentones - Atmospheredotdot
artworkMuch of this is non-melodic riff rock better suited to backtracks than upfront listening. The sound is remeniscent of the Evasions, but without the cute hooks. This is the first CD from the now defunct Goldentones from Royal Oak, Michigan, originally issued in 1993.
Picks: O.J., The World Traveler, The Loner, Junior, Holeshot, The Soul Of Doom, The Ever Expanding Head, Ginger Grant, Keen Aqua Pie, Fudge, Rooftop Baby, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Miserlou, Pinball Pat, Lolly Vegas, Thatz Why, Bash, Eppis (Estep), Surf-A-Billy

Track by Track Review


O.J., The World Traveler dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A jet passes overhead as it climbs out. Then a relentless and very eighties sounding riff evolves. Non-melodic and kinda grindy.

The Loner dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Low and guttural, and gloomily melodic, "The Loner" is morose and singular. All soft grumbled and low fuzzed.

Junior dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big digital reverb and no melody. Just big noisy guitar and thrashy energy. The bridge is interesting, and the power at the core effective. There's also drama and twang. It's just not much of a song.

Holeshot dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A car drives past (right to left), and then the two note relentlessness takes over. Whether it's the double or single picked verses does not matter. Only the intensity of the nervous energy is interesting. No melody at all.

The Soul Of Doom dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Distant thunder rolls in towards a shimmering tropical vibrato guitar, which yields to a chord progression hinting of the Penetrators' "Melodie's Dilemma," though I'm sure this predates it.

The Ever Expanding Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Non-melodic power driven guitar lines, some thrashed, some double picked, all pushed to the limit. Despite the lack of fluidity, it's catchy and durable. So, is "The Ever Expanding Head" growing from knowledge, ego, or tumor? You decide.

Ginger Grant dot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ginger Grant" just doesn't go anywhere. Just chords and splash and changes.

Keen Aqua Pie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Keen Aqua Pie" is strictly an interesting percussion exercise. No music, just the beat. Cool actually.

Fudge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening like it wants to be "Pipeline," this evolves into a dark and dangerous into the rocks kinda tune, with glissandoes and dissonant non-fluid progressions.

Rooftop Baby dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a riff and beat a little like cross between John Anderson's "Madame Prairie Dog" and John D. Loudermilk's "Windy and Warm." Playful and fun.

The Greatest Story Ever Told dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great cowbell percussion and relentless two note bass lines, with digitally reverbed ultra fuzz guitar leaning on the same note for way too long. Edgy and unnerving.

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The middle eastern pop tune that Dick Dale made into a household word is delivered fluidly, a bit slower, and with an infectious arrangement that's not quite trad, but very close. The digital reverb gives it a distant feel in lieu of the upfront power of other arrangements. Tasteful.

Pinball Pat dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a bit of a nod to the "Munsters Theme" and Butch Patrick's "What Ever Happened To Eddie." It's just not melodic or interesting. More thrashy and jammy.

Lolly Vegas dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long splashy glissando opens this otherwise fuzz grind riff rocker. It's big and powerful, but sounds nothing like any of the Vegas Brothers' endeavors, not the Avantis nor Redbone.

Thatz Why dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gloom and doom in a future without melody. There's no surf feel here, and little to catch attention. It would make a fine backtrack probably.

Bash dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bash" opens with promise of a light and playful popster. Delicate and circular, with a pleasing melody line.

Eppis (Estep) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chop chords, whole track digital reverb, liquid danger, and a haunting melody are the main features of "Eppis (Estep)." The ominous nature of the melody and sound are effective and intriguing.

Surf-A-Billy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like the title says, rockabilly reverbed. All the elements that are found in rockabilly instros are here. Bouncy beat and riff rockin' fun.