Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Hang-Ten Hangmen - Wet Soundsdotdotdot
New lo-fi mono surf from The Hang-Ten Hangmen. Great performances, exceptional writing and solid arranging throughout. Almost all of this album would be 4-5 stars if recorded better and in stereo. It's not easy to be a trio and arrange such that you don't notice the missing guitar, but these guys do it very well. Excellent surf music in shallow mono sound. You'll love the music.
Picks: Volcano, Headhunters!, The Search For Osama Bin Laden, Dark Continent, Zombie Stomp, Jungle Sunrise, Attack Of The Trophy Wives, Zombie Sleepwalk, Shut 'Em Down In Zombie Town

Track by Track Review


Volcano dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Starting slow, but amping into a faster number with some double picking and some whammy. Frantic drums and bass moodiness drive the beat. "Volcano" is a loud and powerful number with drama and excellent writing.

Headhunters! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big tribal thunder with dark melody lines and double picked danger. "Headhunters!" is segmented by frat boy chants. This is very dark and features serious chunk.

The Search For Osama Bin Laden dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Leaning on "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" for feel and beat, "The Search For Osama Bin Laden" is an adventure in infectious beat and spooky choruses. It's a vocal, but it is an intriguing number with surf creds and clever writing.

Dark Continent dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sinewy tribal drums, long ringing chords, moody bass, and a splendid bit of arranging. "Dark Continent" is downright spooky, with tension and visual pleasure. A superb song!

Zombie Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal and after dark surf credible, with fine writing and arranging. Spunky and scary, with monster on the loose. Stereo crowd ambiance... but is it live?

Jungle Sunrise dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The crowd sounds continue as the band plays a very cool instro. A splendid melody line, solid arranging, great drums, and perfectly suited bass. "Jungle Sunrise" is haunting and tribal, with a great beat.

Attack Of The Trophy Wives dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Employing much of the (Denver) Road Runners' "Road Runnah" with substantial transformation, "Attack Of The Trophy Wives" is an infectious and splendid instro. Power and a catchy riff played with spunk and whammy. Very nice.

Cactus Alley dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A simple riff and gourd, with strong drums and spunk. "Cactus Alley" is a tasteful instro, but it seems less developed than the rest of the tracks here.

Zombie Sleepwalk dotdotdot
Fuzz (Instrumental)

A dangerous gritty opening, fuzz lead, and cool drums. "Zombie Sleepwalk" is thick and fuzzy, with booming bass and very ugly tone - in a compelling way. Whammy and misery.

Shut 'Em Down In Zombie Town dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky and trashy, with a fun melody riff and raucous beat. "Shut 'Em Down In Zombie Town" is big and splashy, with dramatic chords and substantial fire.