Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Howlin' Thurstons - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first demo from New York's intense guitar experience, the Howlin' Thurstons. Heavily Link Wray influenced, east coast edgy, and original arrangements. A whole CD should be cool!
Picks: Knucklewalk, Out Of Limits, Guitar Cha Cha, Diamond Head

Track by Track Review


Knucklewalk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Grindy chunka chunka with a very regular meter and a one-note lead, aside from the bridge. makin' the most of minimal elements like idol Link Wray, the Howlin' Thurstons edge their way through this thick and intense track.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Rising to a loud and intense string-slide and whammy driven intro, then the Howlin' Thurstons make the Mar-Kets' "Out Of Limits" into a power garage assault. Thick and nasty in an east coast kinda way. This is easily the most original cover of this song out there.

Guitar Cha Cha dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Link Wray and his Raymen's sultry grind "Guitar Cha Cha" writhes and grumbles at the hands of the Howlin' Thurstons. It's both reverent and hard edged modern. Really good track!

Diamond Head dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Never has "Diamond Head" been so grodied and nastied out. Intense guitar drive and a sandpaper edge. Borrowed lines from "Smoke On the Water" to "Sunshine Of Your Love" add humor to the track. Most unusual!