Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Hypnotic IV - Hypnotica!dotdotdotdotdot
artworkFrom the inland great northern Central Valley of California's farmland, the zoo of politicians and lobbyists, and several hours from the nearest breakwater comes a new band with very good writing. The sound quality on this 5 track CD-R hides an excellent band from its true potential. Much of the power is withheld from the listener by the ambient or demo studio sound. A band to watch. Once a well recorded full CD emerges, or a dynamic live set, I think they will make waves in the surf community.
Picks: Monster Swell, Andy's Mood, Bees Knees, Squad Car, Ant Attack

Track by Track Review


Monster Swell dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Now this is interesting. The rolling drums like a speedy Hal Blaine beat, the infectious riff, and the energy are quite deluxe. "Monster Swell" is a testament to the power of simplicity well crafted. Excellent surf imagery, and solid power.

Andy's Mood dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening from a deceptive soft touch to a double picked flying drums and thundering bass line. This is more a shortboard anthem than a longboard paean to the surf. Fast action and tight six foot curl comes immediately to mind. Now, remember, this is Sacramento, several hours from the nearest break, but it is launched from a strong tradition.

Bees Knees dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bees Knees" is an interesting throbbing tune, with a melodic riff and a solid arrangement, with stop-start breaks and several changes.

Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Paul Johnson / Eddie & the Showman heart stopper, with lower energy than I expected, but with a satisfying surf feel. The sirens work, and the evil darkness of the subdued mix also works. Solid drums.

Ant Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nightmare weirdness, insect dementia, moody danger, and mystic distant sound. It's not exactly melodic, but it is quite effective, from the rhythmic arrangement to the power performance.