Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Neptunes - Double Neck Groovedotdotdotdot
artworkThe Neptunes rolled into KFJC at 6 PM on August 25th, 2001. they hit the air at 7:30 for an hour of great surf trio sounds, all crunchy and glorious, peppered with Steve's wit and balanced with Tom's wisdom. Tough to beat this band, who are very good live.
Picks: Gone Dead Train, Dame Anushka, Hammerhead, T Minus 5, Gypsy Boots, Midtown Swell, In Search Of The Sun, Attack Of The Aqua Marines, Switchblade Comb, Little Wing, Bustin' Surfboards, Cement Shoes, Wildcat 325, Raizilla!, The Wedge, Beguiled, The Outsider, Iron Lung / Miserlou / Pipeline

Track by Track Review

Gone Dead Train dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A chunkmeister of the first order, this rocks with damped chord chops and a gutty rock riff core.

Dame Anushka dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Kinda spy like, with distortion and disturbing long chords. Roundly dangerous, with rumbling bass.

Hammerhead dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The bass opens this very pretty surf tune. "Hammerhead" features liquid surf tone from Steve's guitar, and a rock solid rhythm section. It's a mid tempo piece with a lush view and a bit of chunk.

T Minus 5 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom's edgy guitar takes over with speed double picking and a driving power. A little mean, and heading for the big surf, "T Minus 5" blasts off into interstellar surf space. Very nice track.

Gypsy Boots dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Gypsy Boots" has the feel of childhood play at the seaside, while the chords and rhythm drive home teenage wave riders. Excellent track.

Midtown Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Funny how a title shapes a song, or the song gets titled, whichever order it happens in. This does have the feel of shreddin' in old Fresno. Landlocked and craving the waves, "Midtown Swell" is an intense dirt surf ride.

In Search Of The Sun dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is really pretty. Long whammy chords drip island lagoons and warm tropical breezes. The riff is friendly and direct, and the pace gentle and fluid. Great song.

Attack Of The Aqua Marines dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dedicated to fellow Central Valley surfers the Aqua Marines, this fine tune trades back and forth between delicate coolness and grinding edge. Some double picking and dual-note leads. very cool.

Switchblade Comb dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes, what a great tune. Unusual, original, crisp, and endearing. "Switchblade Comb" is dramatic without being pompous, and sports some really good playing. The catchy riff is cool, and the bridges very effective.

Little Wing dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" gets reinterpreted form the water. Tom's amp begins to spit and chirp as circuit entropy takes control, but somehow this adds to the Hendrix edge. A fine performance, and an interesting tune to cover.

Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The [Hollywood] Tornadoes' "Bustin' Surfboards" gets a stripped down treatment. As a trio tune, this works surprisingly well.

Cement Shoes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cement Shoes" is one crunchy surf monster, with an infectious melody line amped up by intensely whammied accents and much more power. Excellent and mighty infectious. Despite the flawed verse, this is a fine performance.

Wildcat 325 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Regenerated crunchy surf, with a quirky infectious melody line. Guitar, bass, drums, ominous attack, and mucho fun.

Raizilla! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Playful island images, swimming whammy, melodic verandah moods, and a bottle of Pacifico to ward off any notion of work. Great take.

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's amazing "The Wedge" is driven hard, with great double picking and trio format sparseness. The Neptunes' arrangement is uniquely theirs. Powerful and rich.

Beguiled dotdotdotdot
Suave Surf (Instrumental)

Surfified suave with twang and glimmer. "Beguiled" is warm, and very enjoyable. More than just a good idea, it's the law, especially live.

The Outsider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark crunchy and dangerous, like the thin black line that grows behind you to become a major tube, a line that will pulverize you into the sand at the bottom if you don't heed the warning and take off at the right time.

Iron Lung / Miserlou / Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow and sorta demented Henry Mancini thing is driven by big edgy whammy and lots of dissonant drama. It breaks into hard driving versions of two surf classics just to keep us anchored in our roots. Great way to end a show.