Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|Southern California garage band the Monacles was lead by Marlowe Stewart, who was a surf guitarist in his own right, and played with the Illusions on occasion as well. His self-issued solo 45 leads off the CD.|
Picks: Riptide, Earthquake
Track by Track Review
Riptide is a decent melody, with the two guitar parts. They are playing essentially the same melody most of the time, but in different octaves, with different tone, and in different styles. One might be double picking on the low-E, while the other is playing long single notes emulating a lap steel or chords. The melody is obviously inspired by "Miserlou." Very unusual.
With a stormy intensity, this churns out a warning to all who ride the curl on the coast. It's somewhat dangerous, and yet not hazardous. A solid track.