Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Lava Rats - Rats Live On No Evil Star
|This demo shows a new band in development, with a surf foundation and a unique perspective. The originals are often interestingly written and arranged, and will likely become very good with the development that time playing brings to songs. It's always nice to see someone venturing into new territory from a trad platform. The title of the disc is a palindrome. Vocals include the moody and very cool "Midnight Cadillac," the glissandoed spies on the highway "Hi-Beams," and the slow and moody "My Baby."|
Picks: XT-202, Rockaway, Heat Lightning, Bumper Cars, Penetration
Track by Track Review
Spy Surf (Instrumental)
A unique opener launches this Big twango spyish tune. Some tentative playing, but original writing and arranging. This is ominous and reverby.
Lava Flow Surf (Instrumental)
Slow and sinewy, with vibrato danger and moody chords a la "Harlem Nocturne," placed together in a dark format that lumbers like a creeping lava flow. Interesting and brooding.
Fast drums and reverby thrash chords introduce a powered lead line. A little jammy, but full of danger and raw power.
Rich and strangely chorded, "Bumper Cars" sounds like an espionage theme for captive drivers. Not fluid, more jerky and deliberate.
Thrashomatic translation of the Pyramids' often covered "Penetration." Some notes are different, maybe on purpose, but it sounds undeveloped.