Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Honkeys - Tequila Mockingbirddotdotdot
artworkWow! This is quite a release. It's very big, full over power and grit, and aurally varied as well.
Picks: Tsunami, The Sound Of Two Chemicals Being Swirled Around In An Erlenmeyer Flash: Good / Evil, Fire Backstage, The Waybach Machine, Wolfman's Got Nards, Honkeys Can't Surf, Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal, Tell 'Em Large Marge Sent Ya, S'othern Repercussions, Dr. Strangelove / A Separate Peace, You Can Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Intergalactic Cheese, No Brakes, Beast, Tossage, ..., Untitled

Track by Track Review


Tsunami dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy grindy surf instro that harshes the genre with damped reverbed distorted chop chords. Power driven and intense-o-matic. Attractive in a dark and disquieting way.

The Sound Of Two Chemicals Being Swirled Around In An Erlenmeyer Flash: Good / Evil dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

A kinda spacy sci-fi riff opens this intense thrasher. Some flashy glissandos and lots of dramatic danger.

Fire Backstage dotdotdotdot
Harsh Surf (Instrumental)

It's interesting how this song has a classical Russian feel to the melody line, yet is double picked harsh surf. A very intense ride on a dangerous storm surge. Thick and gloomy, like impending doom.

The Waybach Machine dotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

Big fuzzy frat rockin' scream pumped house rockin' horror rock.

Wolfman's Got Nards dotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

Big and dangerous, the large hairy one on the shortboard is catching up while you race your longboard across frat waves. More or less frat rockin' surf grind.

Honkeys Can't Surf dotdotdot
Dark Grind (Instrumental)

No surf beat here, just dangerous instrumental grind. Grumbly glissandos and riff rockin' feedback progressions.

Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Slowly rising from spacy Theremin warbles into a dramatic and tribal danger zone. Influences from the Munsters and space themes, augmented with surf and lots of edge. A cool melody line and a surf beat. Great track!

Tell 'Em Large Marge Sent Ya dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Large Marge rides in a hearse, with big whammy bars on both sides and organ wail in the back. Dramatic and thematic, this is a cool and very surfable track. It eventually drifts from moderately paced scenic surf to a faster more thrashy midsection. Quite nice!

S'othern Repercussions dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

A little reminiscent of the Penetrators, but darker and more intense. This is both dramatic and dangerous, with an attractive quality. Big whammy and dribbly double picking, with spy riffs.

Dr. Strangelove / A Separate Peace dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Darkness falls on disturbed negotiations over nonnegotiables. More about setting an irretractable scenario than a song, yet curiously cool.

You Can Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance dotdotdot
Harsh Surf (Instrumental)

Frank Zappa's instro epic first brought to the reverb arena by Pollo Del Mar finds a new and darker arrangement, thicker and less angular.

Intergalactic Cheese dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Spacy swirly double picked and tweaky, this seems to circle like a Freudian buzzard. If it's cheese you want, it's in the keys, and it's moldy Swiss. Just when you thought the moon wasn't made of green cheese!

No Brakes dotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

To paraphrase... screaming doesn't stop the car. fast double picked and manic, this horror/danger instro is on the frat surf side, with screams and thrash in command.

Beast dotdotdot
Punk (Instrumental)

This is a pretty punky frat instro with a punk bear and circular riff. The lead melody is quite nice when it appears.

Tossage dotdotdot
Harsh Surf (Instrumental)

What comes in with a whimper goes out with thundering thrash. Speedy glissandos and flying fingers project a thickly textured instro.

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Surf (Instrumental)

What kind of title is .."." you ask? Does it matter? Big howling feedback and a spacy melody line darkly presented in an ugly sci-fi scene. The howling is great!

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Backwards Sci-Fi (Instrumental)

Not listed and out at the end of .."." is a backwards exercise in filling up the CD. Interesting until you realize it's like inverting the Grateful Dead's "Dark Star." Tweaky and a little scary.