Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Hawaiian Astro Boys - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R is an unmastered set of music recorded live in studio for a short film called Blind Date, which was filmed in Belgium in 2001. The Hawaiian Astro Boys have been together for about two years. While this is not "mixed," it displays a solid band and pure surf arrangements. This will be an excellent release when the time comes.
Picks: Technocalypse, Tidal Wave, The Savage, Trip To Erotic Land, Allen's Hate Song, Robotica, Tailspin, Sunset On Mars Boulevard, Astrotalk, Walk Don't Run '64

Track by Track Review

Technocalypse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark twang and dissonant chords power this double picked monster. Relentless guitar power with bass thunder and a classic surf beat below. There's nothing techno about "Technocalypse," nor is it apocalyptic performance wise. Strong, dark, and menacing.

Tidal Wave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aside from the lead guitar being too low in the mix, the Hawaiian Astro Boys charge had on Slacktone's powerfest "Tidal Wave." Very strong, with plenty of requisite fire.

The Savage dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' classic "The Savage" is reverbed and surf up, with glissandoes and all. It becomes a very powerful surf epic when arranged with reverb lead and damped reverb rhythm guitar. Great track!

Trip To Erotic Land dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow lumbering bass notes a little like in the intro to "Harlem Nocturne" (Viscounts) warn of the danger lurking in this scary track. Dramatic deliberations on guitar.

Allen's Hate Song dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and pristine, like the long black line that is an outsider on its inevitable journey to the rocks. "Allen's Hate Song" is a very interesting track, with a gloomy and dangerous feel. Very cool.

Robotica dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked and dangerous, "Robotica" drives hard and fast, with glorious glissandoes and dark surf tone. Powerful and assaultive, it's in the classic simple mold, yet modern in melody structure. The "Malaguena" runs in the break add a touch of drama.

Tailspin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets' firebrand "Tailspin" is hotly cut. The lead is too low in the mix here, but an actual mix will cure that. The performance is tuff, and the pure surf arrangement solid. All double picked and glissandoed. Yikes!

Sunset On Mars Boulevard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a coy and bouncy rhythm, and a Spanish melody line, this flows smoothly into the "Sunset On Mars Boulevard." Long ringing whammy chords and a haunting riff played at a slow pace give it a liquid island feel. Excellent.

Astrotalk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A quirky riff opens this busy number. The guitar lines are playfully fanciful, and the beat relentless surf. Most unusual.

Walk Don't Run '64 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, it's the 1964 arrangement of Johnny Smith's jazz classic. Full reverb and sparkling passion ride amid the infectious thunder of the damped rhythm. Nice cover.