Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Infrareds - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkPacific Grove, near Monterey, California is home to this new trio. The writing is good and fairly original, and the playing is excellent. I would imagine this is a powerful band live The biggest problem here is the mix which buries the power of the guitar. If they go to a second pressing, I'd strongly recommend remixing these sessions.
Picks: Pico Blanco, The Infraromp, The Outskirts, Dead Heat, Squad Car, The Umiac Mission, Red Spyglass, Exotic, Death To The Private Eyes, Covert and Stateless, Untitled

Track by Track Review


Pico Blanco dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish drama intro, then riff surf with rhythm and reverb, infectious drive, and vibrato throb. The low down meanness is exciting, as are the well placed glissandoes.

The Infraromp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With an intro a little bit like the Woodies' "Midnight Ride," "The Infraromp" climbs to a fever pace and dark thunder. Power? And how! Solid chunk, double picking, whammy chords, and rumbling bass.

The Outskirts dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great damped reverb, surf whammy, delicate picking, chunky drive, and a fine sense of open space rumbling. "The Outskirts" is infectious and rhythmic.

Dead Heat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Morose, slow, double picked over tribal drums, and oozing danger on a small island under dark skies. "Dead Heat" portrays a gloomy vision, while using fine whammy and surf tone. Very intense.

Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Eddie and the Showmen classic, worked over in a fairly straight fashion, without sirens, but with shouts of exuberance. Thundering tribal drums, and relatively dry guitar tone reminiscent of the original Belairs rehearsal version. It;s nice to hear someone do this without having to rage.

The Umiac Mission dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf with a trench coat. Double picked, damped plucking, chunky rhythms. A little too non-melodic, but the mean progression and progressing power surges work well.

Red Spyglass dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lightly double picked guitar over raging drums and rolling bass, with inserted whammy chords. Lots of drive here, but I think the product is lacking focus. The lead guitar is sacrificed to balance. Too bad, because I'd guess this could be a really powerful piece instead of just being average.

Exotic dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bruce Morgan's mariachi number played basically the way the Bob Vaught and the Renegaids arranged it, but without the drive of the guitar due to mixing issues. The playing is solid, but the lead is just not powerful enough in the mix. Otherwise, an excellent cover.

Death To The Private Eyes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great power, double picked rampage, solid drums, and thundering bass. Driven open road with a mission music. Lots of energy.

Covert and Stateless dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool melody line, great playing, rolling drums, thundering bass, and hidden power. "Covert and Stateless" is quite intense.

Untitled dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Out at 4:50 on track 10 is this little chunker. It's not melodic, but has a thundering relentless chunk about it and drives mercilessly at the core of storm surf on the rocks on a bad day.