Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This is a demo with three very strong originals and one tasty cover. the originals are dramatic, very well written and arranged, and quite sophisticated. Great drums, and I mean great! Perfectly supportive bass, and very good writing and arranging. Oh yeah, did I mention fine surf guitar? It's a demo, recorded more or less ambiently, but the songs are amazing. Had it been a real studio recording, it would be a five star monster! |
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Picks: The Surf Gods Are Angry, Munster's Walk, The Third Sister, Soy Soya
Track by Track Review
Tribal drums and a mysterious melody line, with lots changes and dribbling double picked reverb and whammy chords make "The Surf Gods Are Angry" a superb song. Fake scratchy vinyl sfx precedes this amazing track.
This is a cover of Vic Mizzy's theme to the TV show. It's been relatively common fair as a surfband cover since The Shockwaves covered it in the mid eighties. This is an interesting arrangement, and in the grand spirit of surfbands everywhere, it's merged with another classic, Johnny Smith's "Walk, Don't Run," hence the title. Both songs are well done, though fairly straightforward.
The intriguing jazzy chords in "The Third Sister," along with the haunting melody line and sophisticated drums create a somewhat spooky and very coastal song. In some ways, it's structured like an early sixties jazz single, but with elements of exotica and surf, of course. Mysterious and maybe even a bit spy-like.
Set aside the goofy title, "Soy Soya" is an original song with a beautiful melody line and very good arrangement. It's a journey along a coastal stretch of highway at sunset in search of the curl. Very cool song.