Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Infrareds - Recorded On Microfilmdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the second CD from one of surfdom's fastest and wildest bands. The Infrareds have created a sound and fury that set them apart from the crowd. 17 wild instros and one uncredited vocal based on "One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four" and "Papa Oom Mau Mau." Yikes!
Picks: The Red Scare, Delivering The Microfilm, Infiltrating The Temple, Opening The Watergate, The Infraromp, The Original Mystery, International Man Of Disguise; Code Name: White Tiger, Adventures In Capture, The Umiac Mission 2003: The Eskimo Files, Celluloid Planetoid, Internationally Notorious Fragmented Recognizance Agents Responding To Ever-growing dangers In Security, Number One On The Spectrum Of Light, Surf Guitar Ninja, The Red Square, The Infraromp, Opening The Watergate, International Man Of Disguise; Code Name: White Tiger

Track by Track Review


The Red Scare dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast, fast, and faster! "The Red Scare" is an intense surf rage with more notes per second from Rory Fortune's guitar than just about anyone, except maybe Brian Pool. Talk about fire below! This is an amazing performance!

Delivering The Microfilm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little spy, a little Eddie Munster, and big drums. "Delivering the Microfilm" is a dark and chunky surf instro with whammy chords and a cool edge.

Infiltrating The Temple dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Infiltrating The Temple" is a firebrand launching of the "Hava Nagila" missile. Fast, extremely powerful, and loaded with energy. Notes fire off like there's no tomorrow while the lads scream with abandon. A great cover!

Opening The Watergate dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As the waves lap the shore in the distance, the Infrareds get ready to pummel. A great melody line runs atop a solid and interesting tribal rhythm bed. The unusual chord progression is a fine counterpoint to the double picked melody.

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 Original Mystery dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little spooky, and with great damped reverb guitar, "The Original Mystery" is a low-key surf song that's attractive and pulsing. An excellent track.

International Man Of Disguise; Code Name: White Tiger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Espionage and splash surf rage across the screen as agent White Tiger cuts back to avoid the wipe out. Angular and thumpy.

Adventures In Capture dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gradually rising from the sludge, "Adventures In Capture" is a fine surf instro with a spy inner sanctum and surf outer wear. On the ominous side, yet optimistic and cool.

The Umiac Mission 2003: The Eskimo Files dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

Celluloid Planetoid dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fast and furious cover of the Metalunas' ominous "Celluloid Planetoid." Even Mark Brodie didn't go this fast with his raging surf epic. darker, meaner, and spunkier, with shouts of thrills overcome. A fine cover.

Internationally Notorious Fragmented Recognizance Agents Responding To Ever-growing dangers In Security dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A splendid melody line and great lead guitar dribble and vibrato, with a spunky rhythm track and thundering bass line. This is a fine track that's well developed and very surf worthy. Titles don't come any longer than "Internationally Notorious Fragmented Recognizance Agents Responding To Ever-growing dangers In Security."

Number One On The Spectrum Of Light dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Number One On The Spectrum Of Light" is a hard driving number in the Dick Dale tradition, and it's played at breakneck speed. Entirely shredding, melodic, powerful, and amazingly crisp.

Surf Guitar Ninja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich guitar plays a noodly melody line that's more flash than melody, except in the bridge. Powerful and fast, and dripping with reverb.

The Red Square dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This live take of their rapid fire epic is thunderous and like a fire fight. Guitar lines are flying fast from all directions. Don't get caught in the crossfire! "The Red Square" was recorded live at Ocean Thunder, Monterey, California.

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.

Opening The Watergate dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A live take of the exquisite "Opening The Watergate," recorded ambiently at the Lava Lounge, Hollywood, California. While the sound is less than stellar, the power of the performance is superb!

International Man Of Disguise; Code Name: White Tiger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Espionage and splash surf rage across the screen as agent White Tiger cuts back to avoid the wipe out. Angular and thumpy.