Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Killer Bananazz - Riptidedotdotdot
artworkThere is some crossover here from the Ocean Reef disc, but with more tracks and different takes, and a better cross section of sounds. A lot of this material can be likened to Man or Astro-MAN? in that it's hard driving, guitar driven, and riff oriented as opposed to melodic. Vocals here include Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' "Please Don't Touch," "Uranus is a Planet," the Ramones' "Rockaway Beach," and a live take of the Trashmen's "SurfinÕ Bird." Fans of MOAM, garage surf or frat will appreciate this Dutch band.
Picks: Freaks of Nature, Intoxica, The Joker's Wild, Molecules, Muruora, I Can't Surf, Pipeline, Riptide, Engines of Difference, Apache, Shockwave, Bombora

Track by Track Review

Freaks of Nature dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chords, racing drums and modern guitar tone slice through the night with a jagged razor's edge. The trumpet bridges are an interesting contrast to the main guitar riffs. Cool stuff.

Intoxica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The classic "Intoxica" shatters the night with a frat party surf rant arranged as the Apemen did it. Big and intense, and a real party slammer.

The Joker's Wild dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Man Or Astro-MAN?'s "Joker's Wild" gets the big whammy treatment, with fire and assault, and interesting trumpet accents. Cool.

Molecules dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A siren and tribal drums, and a relentless nonmelodic nerve wracking guitar assault a la Man or Astro-MAN?.

Muruora dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashy surf and slam garage rage, chords and progressions augmented with glissandoes, but not much of a melody.

I Can't Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"I Can't Surf" is a near-rockabilly based number with speed and power, and a choppy attack. Not exactly melodic, but with an interesting riff and lots of intensity.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays' "Pipeline" is played in the Lively Ones arrangement, with trumpet and harsh energy like a sped up Johnny Thunders. I think it's the trumpet that keeps this from being just another cover. Solid, if not inventive.

Riptide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Riffin' progressions and loud guitar drive hard for the night time. The guitar needs a little more variation, but the track satisfies, especially the trumpet and power-drive glissandoes.

Engines of Difference dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a live thrashing riff rockin' assault on tranquility. Much more about power and drive than melody, yet probably magnetic with an audience. Lots of cool changes and variations.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan's classic "Apache" (1961) is treated to a modern intense guitar tone and tribal drums, giving it a more biting edge and bigger whammy effect. Pretty cool.

Shockwave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Zorba and the Greeks' obscuro "Shockwave" is thickly delivered, with intense guitar and trumpet. The blend of fuzz, surf, and trumpet brings out interesting elements of this fine tune.

Bombora dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' surf monster "Bombora" is trashed like there's no tomorrow, with big power and string attacks. Groovy and mean.