Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Lawndale - Sasquatch Rock
|Lawndale's seminal surf influenced hard edge rock was quite something. These daunting recordings pushed the limits in many respects. Released in '87.|
Picks: Sasquatch Rock, Alabama Slammer, March Of The Melted Army, Next To The Last Frontier, Last Train To Nowhere, Tomfoolery, Take Five, Instrumental, Ambush, Hot Pink Bongos, March Of The Melted Army [reprise]
Track by Track Review
Surf Rock (Instrumental)
"Sasquatch Rock" is a spiffy and bouncy number with surfy melodic lilt verses alternating with heavier more distorted ones. Aggressive and flippant, most excellent, and very entertaining and enjoyable.
Rusky Barnbuster Rock (Instrumental)
More of a corn husker than a Los Straitjackets kinda thing, somewhere between the coral and the "Volga Boatman." It's all so energy laden, influenced by the Ukraine, and fueled by home brew. Way fun.
Atmospherics and wah-wah, near surf guitar tones and a melodic riff, yielding gradually to a thicker more rock edged smoothness. Quite dramatic and intense.
Next To The Last Frontier
Country Polka (Instrumental)
With a polka cowboy rhythm and a Buck Owens feel to the melody line, this celebrates Saturday nights at the roadhouse. Party down, Homer, before the beer stein is empty.
Like a drive down 101 at dawn with the top down, this breezes and flows, with glissandoes and shortboard cutbacks. The surf ethics are clear, the melody optimistic, and the performance strong. An excellent ode to the aqua zone, with metallic overtones and compression balanced against the cleaner more trad verses.
Hayseed Rock (Instrumental)
Like the title says, playin' around on the gee-tar, spiffin' the gingham for a soiree, and moasin' down the line. Just plain hayseed fun.
Psychedelic Swirl Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
Dave Bruebeck hit big with this forever ago. It's been converted to various rock forms by numerous bands, most notably under the title "Silver and Gold" by Quicksilver Messenger Service. There's a jangly quality in the rhythm track, and a rounder more subdued quality to the lead. The infectious timing and rhythm patterns are maintained. This lulls you into an appreciation of it's reverence for the original, until the end of the bridge, where the fuzz box gets cranked up, and the major metal jam plunders the calm as an introduction to "Whole Lotta Love." The merger of the two is beyond belief. Fine improve guitarology follows, not noodly filler like so many, but well thought out playing. Too cool!
So, what'd'ya call an instro when you don't know what to call it? Lawndale found the obvious answer. There's a slightly cow patty feel to the intro sections, and a more surfy feel to the midsection. Excellent melodic writing, and fun too.
Thick Surf (Instrumental)
Not a merger between Amway and Anheiser Busch, but rather a display of the smooth power of melodic guitar combined with infectious rhythms. A fine track, spiffily played, well recorded, and nicely honed.
Like a pink lady with a parasol, "Hot Pink Bongos" seems destined for a tea party of unknown origins, where the make-believe party competes with a rock jam in an adjoining suite.
March Of The Melted Army [reprise]
A brief unlisted return to "March Of The Melted Army" closes out the CD.