Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Moondawg - Surfblast 2001dotdotdot
artworkHome demos on guitar with bass and drum machine. Some nice ideas and some reasonable arranging on 9 instros, most of which are surfable, plus 3 vocals in an amateurish attempt to capture the minor label sixties studio projects with titles like "650 Savage," "Boogie Board Baby," and "Wave Hog."
Picks: Shredder, Gnarly, Surfside Girl, Windsurfer, 20 Foot Swell, The 1st Wave, Let's Shred, Lolita Twist, Suicide Rip

Track by Track Review


Shredder dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The ocean's roar slowly rises, bring in the digitally reverbed twangster variation on "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue" that's on the dark side. The over-verbed guitar is less than crisp, and the bass buries the drum machine. Still, "Shredder" works pretty well.

Gnarly dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slowish plodder with ample reverb and displeasurable drum machine percussion. The progression is more fifties riff rock than surf.

Surfside Girl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfside Girl" is a pretty instro in the studio mold of the sixties. The melody line is quite nice, and the vibrato adds a softness and intrigue. Quite nice.

Windsurfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Windsurfer" features a rapid vibrato guitar line that's quite surfable, though the vibrato is more fifties trembly fifties than sixties surf. It's nonetheless an enjoyable track.

20 Foot Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A grodie intro with a pair of glissandos and scared straight vibrato gives a frightening edge to "20 Foot Swell." The structure is mostly sixties surf with an updated break. Nice track.

The 1st Wave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The 1st Wave" is pretty chumpy from a beat perspective. The backtrack really offends the lead guitar work, which deserves a much more sympathetic surf treatment.

Let's Shred dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is kinda quirky and on the slow side. Like a fifties B-side instro with reverb, "Let's Shred" remains just riff rock, though it does have a certain humor about it.

Lolita Twist dot
Surf (Instrumental)

The organ leads the Ventures' "Lolita Ya-Ya" to a carnival sideshow. Man, is this like a skating rink epic!

Suicide Rip dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big glissandos and thrashy guitar behind a whistling organ lead. Most songs like this are dreadful, but this has a friendly feel about it, and lots of energy.