Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Krontjong Devils - On Tourdotdotdot
artworkHolland's Krontjong Devils belt out low fidelity ultra reverb garage surf, pummeling parties and frat houses across the land. This CD is a collection of wild imprecisely documented performances of boundless energy, including several vocals.
Picks: Gotcha, Sea-N-Shore [Sorento], Harem Bells, Reverberovska, Morpeous, Skateboard U.S.A. [War Path], Exotic, White Water, Biscaya [Ghost Wave], Apres Ski

Track by Track Review


Gotcha dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one dark and menacing track, with evil tones and hints of "Moment of Truth." It is a riff driven powerhouse, with a ton of energy. The mix buries the drums a bit too much, and the rhythm guitar is mostly buried as well.

Sea-N-Shore [Sorento] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a so-so rendering of the standard, with a the organ is somewhat in the way due to the bad mix. Energetic and loud.

Harem Bells dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of Satan's Pilgrims is way reverbed, almost to the point of the Flat Duo Jets. It's funky and fun, and well delivered. Thundering over reverbed mix that works ok, but could be much better.

Reverberovska dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool Euro melody, with plenty of energy and cool arranging. It's got the Cossack feel, a fast version of the "Voyaging to Vinland" (Robert Calvert) ethic, and a whole mess of suave flow. Very cool track.

Morpeous dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A super muddy session of the Toad's "Morpheus," with very little definition. It sounds like it's in a pool hall across the street. Competently delivered.

Skateboard U.S.A. [War Path] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spirited rendering of Davie Allan's "War Path," played really well but buried in bad ambiance and too much room 'verb. The drums are almost lost.

Exotic dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bob Vaught & the Renegaids' arrangement of the Bruce Morgan surf standard, extra muddy sound, and a ton of energy. Crude, but so tuff it passes muster.

White Water dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Dave Myers & the Surftones tune they released on the Del-Fi compilation "KFWB Battle Of The Surf Bands." It's very well laid out, with more edge and less intensity. The lead tone changes the character of the song, but it works well anyway. Nice track.

Biscaya [Ghost Wave] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing lead tones and an infectious melody, muddy sound, and an overall sound that keeps reminding me of the Au Go-Go's (Marty Balin) "All Over Town." It's quite well played and entertaining, just muddy.

Apres Ski dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a monster of a low-E rumbler. Fine melody line, and splendid playing. The melody is very similar to the Blazers' "Bangalore" in some respects. Muddy, but listenable sound.