Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Nebulas - Nebula Onedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is 100% surf, traditional but faster, powerful and very well written, with solid arrangements and excellent sound. 14 tracks, 14 picks! If you cross Mark Brodie and the Beaver Patrol with the Woodies, you might get the Nebulas. Highly recommended!
Picks: Nebula One, Steel Pier, Green Room, T-16, Tuco's Lament, Rhino Chaser, '57 Fury, Spanito Bandito, High Tide, Czech 'Yer Aktion, Vendetta, Mandalore, Surf Party, Swan Lake

Track by Track Review


Nebula One dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The bass rumbles as the launch sequence culminates under the damped notes. The mean guitar line is double picked and richly varied. Each verse is its own mission, flown on "Nebula One" via tuff storm surf. Excellent!

Steel Pier dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Steel Pier" sounds pretty fine with the rich reverb. The power splash of guitar takes off on the Impacts' theme, and moves into darker territory. Excellent cover.

Green Room dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Your stay in the greenroom is amped and fanciful, with waves breaking overhead and air rising to the surface through sun streams. Sparkling with liquid turbulence, "Green Room" splashes and bounces with the exhilaration of submersion.

T-16 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky and brash, "T-16" sports a fine melody line and plenty of panache. Hard driving and open road adventurous, this fine track begs for replays. Heavy, yet optimistically bound for the next big wave. Very fine track!

Tuco's Lament dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mid tempo number is both sad and hopeful. The fine melody line is open faced, with nothing to hide and nothing held back. With whammy chords and splashy reverb, "Tuco's Lament" is a top notch piece of writing and playing.

Rhino Chaser dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rhino Chaser" is a tuff number with a mean edge and attractive guitar line. Rock solid, with a fast and catchy sound. Intense and relentless, with an urgency all its own.

'57 Fury dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverb chunk and power, whammy splash and warm chords, and a sense of hectic adventure. "'57 Fury" races down that open highway towards that secret spot. Fine track.

Spanito Bandito dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The drums drive "Spanito Bandito" hard, and the surf guitar dribbles out a great reverbed melody. A little dark, double picked, sparkling, and very cool. The writing and structure remind me of Mark Brodie. Fast and powerful, racing like there's no tomorrow, but without being rushed. Totally excellent.

High Tide dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A number of bands have covered the Lively Ones' "High Tide," but few have captured the power of the original. The style and energy here are spectacular. The raw edge of the original is replaced by precision and rich reverb. Marvelous!

Czech 'Yer Aktion dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering tom toms and vibrato chunk a la the Surfaris' "Mystic Island Drums," but with a fully developed melody line and lots of splash! Adventurous and well rounded.

Vendetta dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Throbbing vibrato and pounding tom toms portray the inevitable sadness of the vendetta, draped in a bit of spaghetti western and drenched in surf. A fine composition and arrangement.

Mandalore dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drums herald the lure of huge waves that should be seen and not ridden. Fast and darting like a near-death ride at Mavericks. Tuff and shimmering.

Surf Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Astronauts' "Surf Party" has not been dine with this much reverence, and while that's true, it's also richer and more focused. A splendid cover.

Swan Lake dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich whammy and double picked drama deliver Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" with delicacy and power. Rich and rewarding, with shimmering vibrato and softened round guitar. Very smooth.