Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks - Rocket True Temper 20 0Z
|This excellent three song CD single from Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks was issued in 1999. It sports fine and uniquely crafted instros well worth seeking out. Some surf, some rock, all eerie.|
Picks: Rocket True Temper 20 Oz., The Killer, Wray's Shack
Track by Track Review
Rocket True Temper 20 Oz.
Surf's Evil Side (Instrumental)
Big fuzz, powerful Link Wray surf, harmonics and grind, and a dark soul. "Rocket True Temper 20 oz." power drives and wails, melodically plundering with and space age edge. What a monster!
This is an ultra cool cross between surf and horror film in Baghdad. There's damped reverb and big guitar as well in an infectious format. I've found myself coming back to this track often. The rhythm and punch combine for a deadly ride. It opens with an exotic gong, drops into a delicate and infectious surf rhythm, then gets all eeried out on the back of the keyboard before shimmering into a semi fuzzy place.
Obviously influenced by the master of the slow burn. The exotica backtrack lurks incongruously beneath a guitar prayer to Link Wray delivered at a requiem for the goat boy. Very spooky indeed.