Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA 9th Wave - Time Tunnel [preview sampler]
|This sneak preview CD-R boasts four tracks from 9th Wave's next release Time Tunnel. Three instros and one vocal, "Big Black Cadillac Hearse." The sound is somewhat of a change in direction for 9th Wave, with organ and a later sixties backdrop portrayed by reverb guitar.|
Picks: Fueled For Surf, Creepy Crawler, Ridin' The Chop
Track by Track Review
A long way from the surf idiom in style and melody, but with reverb guitar. The swirling organ and mid sixties light-psych structure, together with the bouncy energy of the performance, give "Fueled For Surf" a catchy lightweight fluidity. Nice track. In the words of the band: "written with the true spirit of playing surf music shows with friends, fans and fellow surf brothers / sisters musicians (Big Ray, Balboas, Swiv-O-Matics, Coffin Daggers, Gein and the Grave Robbers, Atomic Mosquitos, Colonel Klink and so on)."
Cool twangy whammy chords bring out the surfability of this riff dominated track. It's a slightly sludgy groover with horror scenery and liquid guitar playing. Nice track. Again, from the band: "spook surf, B Horror Movie, sci-fi, Zombie-fi, guitar and Farfisa Organ driven tune."
"Ridin' The Chop" is the most surfable track here, with raging drums and a splashy progression. The combo sound and speedy double picking are very cool. The thump of the kick drum is annoyingly demo sounding. The band says: "a fast ride surf / hotrod tune, 2 guitar attack, fast drums and high energy."