Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Introducers - Close Upsdotdotdot
artworkSix of the eleven tracks on this CD are instrumentals steeped in surf trash, rockabilly, and fratrock. The music, playing skill, and arranging are several levels above the low brow production that sometimes sounds as if it was intentionally distorted through overdriving in mastering. I think that keeps this from being a much stronger CD. The intensity and creativity of The Amino Acids can be used as a reference point, though this has none of their punk leanings.
Picks: If I Had Wheels, Kerumph, Rancho Relaxo, Trinity, Somethin' Voodoo, Beer Me Up Mr. Stein

Track by Track Review


If I Had Wheels dotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf Trash (Instrumental)

Big trashy guitar (right) and drums (left) deliver a rage that's rockabilly inspired. Loud, raucous, and aggressive.

Kerumph dotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf Trash (Instrumental)

Big and trashy, "Kerumph" sports a slightly Spanish melody at times, trembles with tremolo, and then gets trashed with dirty distortion. Loud and intense.

Rancho Relaxo dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf Trash (Instrumental)

This is a big and dramatic, with shouts and great whammy chords. "Rancho Relaxo" is a spaghetti western style song with a lot of coolness. While the sound is brittle and in the red, the song still commands attention.

Trinity dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf Trash (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar and spooky atmospheric spaghetti western whistling are the foundation for "Trinity." It gradually builds, with drama and thematic drama. This is a superb track with strong imagery and a lovely sad melody.

Somethin' Voodoo dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf Trash (Instrumental)

Jungle tom toms and telegraph guitar bring forth a song perhaps inspired in part by Mike Gordon's "Out Of Limits." Spooky, loud, and space-visual, "Somethin' Voodoo" is both ominous and sensual. Distortion aside, it's a very powerful track. Not melodic, but intense, emotional, and threatening.

Beer Me Up Mr. Stein dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf Trash (Instrumental)

beginning from a gentle bass line, "Beer Me Up Mr. Stein" gradually gets loud and moody. This mid tempo song is based on a simple riff, but the arrangement fleshes it out through variation and creativity. As this develops, it also grows on you.