Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Hell-O-Tiki - Demosdotdotdotdot
artworkSourced from several demo mp3's, this slab of Hell-O-Tiki is an introduction you can't ignore. Original and intense!
Picks: Clotheline From Hell, Itchi Itchi, Tequila Sunrise, One Step Beyond, XVI, Acrobatical Lombric Tapdance, 12 Monkeys Flag

Track by Track Review


Clotheline From Hell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very dirty guitar (as in gloriously dirty) and strong drums drive "Clotheline From Hell" home. You might not notice the bass, but its constant rumble is essential to the workings of this track. The organ groans in almost psychedelic snarls. This is a very tuff and cool track.

Itchi Itchi dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rising fuzzy feedback amped with intense whammy launches "Itchi Itchi," which swiftly leaves the psych gnarl behind for a short board shred-fest. The demented break is intense and psychotic. This is very engaging and powerful.

Tequila Sunrise dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzzadelic surfomatic guitar rides a tight line above great drums and bass. The drums in particular shine. "Tequila Sunrise" is rough and ready, and intense too.

One Step Beyond dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Madness' "One Step Beyond" is very slow and shimmering in stereo tremolo. Drama, dangerous beauty, and if that's not enough, the bass carries the lead while the chords run interference. Ingenious!

XVI dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drums, stereo guitar delay, brittle tone, and heavy bass. "XVI" is very different from the rest of this album, but not so different that you don't know it's Hell-O-Tiki. The left-right big chord bridges are quite nice.

Acrobatical Lombric Tapdance dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Muted delicate guitar, punchy drums, grode bass, and drama. "Acrobatical Lombric Tapdance" is a splendid merger of surf and prog-like dramatic arranging, presented in intensely gritty tone. Long howling sustain and feedback, and truly scary imagery.

12 Monkeys Flag dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the punkoidal side, "12 Monkeys Flag" employs a dark riff and military beat. More than riff rock, and on the dangerous side of the alley.