Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
9th Wave - Surf Denialdotdotdot
artworkThis is an excellent CD. This Connecticut band is riding less traveled waves with their trio sound and reggae look. The sound is pretty crunchy and the surf power very evident. Solid and entertaining.
Picks: Storm Rider, Mission From Spy Island, Surf Denial, Atlantic Surfer, Kam Fong as Chin Ho, Sea Monkey, Mule Train, Dragon Wagon

Track by Track Review


Storm Rider dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A major reverb crash announces "Storm Rider" as the surf monster it is. This is a very cool track, powerful and crunchy, and loaded with surf spunk. The sound delivers an image of big surf. Some very nice guitar work, especially in the break.

Mission From Spy Island dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dissonant espionage garage, chopped chunk and stilted breakwater. It doesn't flow very smoothly, not fluid or demanding, but power driven and mean.

Surf Denial dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic drums and suave guitar with a fluid bass line. "Surf Denial" invokes images of tropical shores and sensual nights. Very nice!

Atlantic Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I suppose the surf is different on the Atlantic shores, or at least it would seem so here. Trad underpinnings and colonial constructs with reverb and flair. Nice track.

Kam Fong as Chin Ho dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dedicated to Hawaii Five-Ø supporting character Chin Ho, this tune churns out a relentless reverb bath. A bit too much of a jam for my taste.

Sea Monkey dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sea Monkey" churns out a relentless reverb bath. A bit too much of a jam for my taste.

Mule Train dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mule Train" is a slower, more subtle tune, with big chords and a moody melody line. It has a sense of adventure about it, perhaps even mystique. It's both delicate and crunchy. Grins all around.

Dragon Wagon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the opening glissando, "Dragon Wagon" speaks of fast rides and power cut backs. It straddles the fence between trad and post modern, with thundering bass and pounding drums, and dark chords and guitar chunk.