Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Lava Rats - Rats Live On No Evil Stardotdotdot
artworkThis 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


XT-202 dotdotdot
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.

Rockaway dotdotdotdot
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.

Heat Lightning dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast drums and reverby thrash chords introduce a powered lead line. A little jammy, but full of danger and raw power.

Bumper Cars dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich and strangely chorded, "Bumper Cars" sounds like an espionage theme for captive drivers. Not fluid, more jerky and deliberate.

Penetration dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashomatic translation of the Pyramids' often covered "Penetration." Some notes are different, maybe on purpose, but it sounds undeveloped.