Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The McGlynn Brothers band - New California Surf Musicdotdotdotdot
artworkThese tracks were recorded in 2000. the personnel were Bill McGlynn - guitar, keyboards, percussion, drums and bass on "All Summer Long," bass on "Lily," Ken McGlynn - bass guitar, Bruce Graham - drums, and congas on "Duke Of Clyde Gets A Ride," with Mike Brierton - drums on "Duke Of Clyde Gets A Ride," and Eddie McGlone - bass on "Duke Of Clyde Gets A Ride."
Picks: Crazy Surf, Beachball, Baja Depth Charge, Pele's Tears, Captain Fishsticks, Ticky Tacky, Ray Bay, Aquasonics, Noseeums, All Summer Long, Lily, Duke Of Clyde Gets A Ride

Track by Track Review


Crazy Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Crazy Surf" opens this album with warmth and drive, and a bit of danger amid exuberance. Splashy and not to be held back, this cool instro intersperses the drama between verses of wide-eyed excitement, and there's a gently damped verse as well that's very inviting.

Beachball dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Warm dry chords back a playful, if a little cautious, guitar line. Crisp and openly joyous, "Beachball" uses a modified surf beat featuring some very tasteful drum work. Fine track.

Baja Depth Charge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In a distant or maybe restrained way, "Baja Depth Charge" moves down a coastal highway like a woody view from afar. Smooth and fluid, motion oriented, and very nicely done.

Pele's Tears dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little mysterious, and maybe a bit lurid, this track reaches right into your soul. Subtle, gentle, fluid like the breeze through the palms, "Pele's Tears" is a moving song that's hard to dislike.

Captain Fishsticks dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow, moody, and inviting song with a pretty well developed arrangement. Vibrato chords add to the emotion of the breezy guitar lines, and create a sense of sadness. I'm not sure why, but this reminds me of the Challengers' short-lived Shadows-styled album On The Move.

Ticky Tacky dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I like "Ticky Tacky" a lot. It's a delicate song with a warm and catchy sound. It gets right to you. Direct and simple as surf should be, playful like the Evasions were, and entirely cool.

Ray Bay dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Verging on adult contemporary, "Ray Bay" is a soft and pretty song with a heart. Simply nice.

Aquasonics dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The shimmer of the guitar's vibrato creates the feeling of the water undulating, or perhaps a sad mood. Haunting, with island slide chords. The sun is setting on the pristine waters as the eyelids gently fall. Very nice.

Noseeums dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm is structured like the Exports' "Car Hop," and the lead is very gently damp-picked, creating an intriguing sound and energy. Gentle, catchy, and a bit gritty. Excellent!

All Summer Long dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Island twang, soft sound, sunset romance... "All Summer Long" is a vacation moonlit walk kind of song.

Lily dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's interesting that I half-though about King Of Hawaii when I saw the title, and upon hearing "Lily," the feeling was also there. No, it's not a cover, and no, it doesn't sound like KOH, but it is in that general neighborhood, only reverbed out some. Gentle and catchy.

Duke Of Clyde Gets A Ride dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Duke Of Clyde Gets A Ride" is a slow and silky song born of gentle vibrato and ringing chords. Very pretty and slightly melodramatic.