Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Intoxica - MySpace And Moredotdotdot
artworkThese demos were extracted from various web sources. The majority of the performances are very ht, while the sound is often very murky of in the way of really appreciating what's here. My guess is that better recordings of these songs would yield great tracks from a strong band.
Picks: The 4th Dimension, City Of Nothing, Miserlou, Mr. Eliminator, Perpetrator, 2000 Lb. Bee, Andromeda, Bat, Space 1953, Miserlou

Track by Track Review


The 4th Dimension dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Using the Ventures' retitle of the Frantics' "Werewolf" as a starting point, The Intoxica make it as murky and moody and dangerous as possible. Buried within the dreadful sound on heck of a grand version of this most menacing tune.

City Of Nothing dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surrounded by fluffy radio is a dark and nonmusical passage. The long sustain and dungeon ambiance give "City Of Nothing" a haunted and very scary sound. No melody or rhythm required. It's all about dank stone passageways in an underground cavern.

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A raucous Dick Dale drenched cover of "Miserlou" fires deadly notes in rapid succession. Intense and aggressive. This is sadly not in great sound.

Mr. Eliminator dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a hot cover of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Mr. Eliminator" with brutish energy. The murky sound hides an intense performance. Very big!

Perpetrator dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Perpetrator" is a heavy thunder lumbering number with as much darkness as it can muster. It's covered in a wash of reverb that makes it cavernous. It's a cool song that's certainly not happy.

2000 Lb. Bee
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "2000 Lb. Bee" is done in a wash of 'verb that generates a surfband-across-the-valley sound. The song is not very melodic, but there's enough loudness and spirit to overcome its limitations.

Andromeda dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Andromeda" is a very dark retitled cover of Jim Messina and The Jesters' "The Cossack." The obvious power beneath the murky reverb wash seeks the daylight outside the dank cave it's held captive in. Great energy and spunk.

Bat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bat" is a rough rider of a song, with solid drums and sturdy guitar work. Not exactly melodic, but very dark and very powerful. This is a very heavy assault on the evening air.

Space 1953 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eerie and moody, "Space 1953" plods along at a prudent pace that creates fear lurking in it's big chords and reverb. The hugeness of the space that the song lives in is an added dimension that brings even more scary thoughts.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a firebrand performance of "Miserlou" based very much on Dick Dale and his Del-tones' single arrangement. Big thunder and energy.