Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Mermen - Food For Other Fishdotdotdotdot
artworkAnother of the long awaited reissues of early Mermen albums. In many ways, this is the coming out party, the debutante ball, the crossing into maturity for the Mermen. It contains many tracks still in their set, and displays the subtlety and creativity that are the hallmark of the band today.
Picks: Be My Noir, The Silly Elephant That Stomped To Tea, Raglan, My Black Bag, Honeybomb, Bondage Of The Sea, Ocean Beach, Madagasgar, Into The West, The Drift, Pull Of The Moon, Dancing In Her Sleep

Track by Track Review


Be My Noir dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a highly melodic and emotional song, with dramatic changes,and grand harmonics. It owns you when you listen.

The Silly Elephant That Stomped To Tea dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the great Mermen songs. It is delicate and high powered. The intro lulls you into a false sense of safety, just before you are pummeled with immense energy. The timbales makes it all work!

Raglan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very melodic and sad song, with imagery of a wind swept island on a hot tropical day, with the love of your life fading in the distance. Highly emotional.

My Black Bag dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

When God asks... This song is one of their pounding assaulting tunes. It is one powerful performance. It features dark and ugly feedback, intense energy, and howling assaultive feedback.

Honeybomb dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

High energy rapid fire highly melodic slaughter on the waves. Totally bitchin track.

Bondage Of The Sea dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very island image laden, very sensitive and absolutely beautiful.

Ocean Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The "final" cut, so to speak. A great performance of one of Jim's earliest writings.

Madagasgar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow moody sensuous intro eventually leads you into a highly melodic and infectious number. Totally breathtaking, and I like it a lot! Lots of exotic island imagery here.

Into The West dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wind sweeps you into a melodic rolling place where hugeness and beauty cohabitate.

The Drift dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A drastically updated rendition of an early Mermen track, energetic, vibrating, surfy, and powerful.

Pull Of The Moon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beware! Psychedelic monster live here. This is a huge instrumental that completely redefined psychedelic. It's howling ecstasy is the hallmark of the new psych, no ifs, ands or buts!

Dancing In Her Sleep dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This extremely pretty and romantic song is the soundtrack for your next nap and the pleasant dreams that fill it.