Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Meteors - Mental Instrumentalsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a surfabilly fan's dream come true. The Meteors have always done a fair sampling of instros in their live sets, and occasionally on record. This CD gathers a plethora of their voiceless goodies onto one disc. A good fun set from a high energy psychobilly/surfabilly band that has been around for a darn long time now.
Picks: Welcome To the Wrecking Pit, Night Of The Werewolf (Mit Extra Wolf), Theme From The Hypnotist, Electro II (Get Fucked), The Life And Times Of Chameleon Head, The Jupiter Stroll (Stomp Don't Stroll), Darkman And I, Ex-Men Boogie, Simply Ravishing, Electro III (Die Human Die), The Return Of Ethel Mermen, And None Shall Live, Torture (Tiny's Tip), Snake Eyes, Peter Gunn, Hell And Damnation (Meteors Won't Die)

Track by Track Review

Welcome To the Wrecking Pit dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering tribal tom-toms, stretched guitar stings, and then, the wrecking pit is breached. Big guitar twang, primitive monster rock, great grinding hugeness. Ominous and trippie.

Night Of The Werewolf (Mit Extra Wolf) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lumbering Link-like melody, feedback beneath it all, and ominous ugliness everywhere. Cool, huge guitar sound.

Theme From The Hypnotist dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool spy-spaghetti rolling thunder rockin' pumelization. Melodic, dark and evil. A great track!

Electro II (Get Fucked) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Huge chord grind, extra fuzz, monster voicings, and a lot of intensity.

The Life And Times Of Chameleon Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Psychobilly rave up, with tortured guitar and rippin drums and bass. Major stinging whammy in the breaks too.

The Jupiter Stroll (Stomp Don't Stroll) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A grindie boogie sorta number. Not to inspired.

Darkman And I dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A minimal melody, in the Link Wray vein. Poundie, thumpy, grodie, and ominous.

Ex-Men Boogie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the roots of "Dixie," comes this stompin' rompin' mosh pit thunder bumper. Mostly energy.

Simply Ravishing dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow sexy intense thundering slithering, maybe just a bit like the Purple Things' "Gunship Reptile," but with less psycho and more danger. A very huge and cool track.

Electro III (Die Human Die) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Amon Duul "Deutsche Nepal" evil opener, and a more accessible and interesting version of "Electro," with tons of the evil one growling at your window to get in and eat you. Great gobbledy gook!

The Return Of Ethel Mermen dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Psychobilly rave-up, with that typical rockabilly beat, and a very surfable guitar lead. Lots of power and speed, and more than just a hint of the raging surf. The thunder below and the shredding above speak clearly of fast short board action on storm surf.

And None Shall Live dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big crash chord intro, trailing feedback, and fast paces rockabilly beat progression. Solid fun, and twangy surfy dark and gloomy stompin' hugeness. Good track.

Torture (Tiny's Tip) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A speedball cover of the Fendermen's classic B-side to "Mule Skinner Blues." The speed and drums (the original had only guitars) give it an entirely different flavor. Hot track.

Snake Eyes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ah, the evils of the dice... a nice and grodie thundering surfish monster, with big guitar warble and ominous intentions.

Peter Gunn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Have you ever met a version of the henry Mancini song you didn't like? It has all the wham, power, and intensity you could ask for. Huge sounding.

Hell And Damnation (Meteors Won't Die) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An instro vision of a bombing raid, surf guitar tones, a strong spy-like melody, and a huge sound. A great track.