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The Phantom Surfers with Davie Allan - Skaterhaterdotdotdot
artworkThe latest issue from the Phantom Surfers sports collaborative work from Davie Allan, King Fuzz and master of the square wave ax. There are many fun moments here, and some solid playing as well. The recordings are largely ambient, but less lo-fi than previous releases. I have just one question. Why isn't it Davie Allan with the Phantom Surfers. Certainly, Davie is the legend. There are twelve instros, and three vocals.
Picks: Curb Job [Skaterhater Overture], Sidewalk City, Devil Dust, Sheena Was A Punk Rocker, Super Cycle [love theme from Skaterhater], The End Of A Skater, Grindhouse, [The Sound Of] Breaking Glass, Arrow Space, Skate and Bait, Polyurethane, Drag Run

Track by Track Review

Curb Job [Skaterhater Overture] dotdotdotdot
Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

Fast chunky surf guitar backtrack under Davie's great fuzz tones and slithery fret board work. Quite spirited and well arranged.

Sidewalk City dotdot
Fuzz (Instrumental)

The Phantom Surfers play "Louie Louie" while Davie Allan plays something else. Amid shouts and screams, the track lumbers along with a largely undistinguished aural composition. The backtrack seems at odds with the lead lines.

Devil Dust dotdotdot
Fuzz Pop (Instrumental)

Chunky fuzzy pop rock, with Davie's liquid fuzz leads. The over all composition is OK, but the muddiness seems to steal some of the thunder. This would be a solid number if it were actually captured well on tape.

Sheena Was A Punk Rocker dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This melodic treatment of the classic is a natural. It's well played, and solidly arranged. I particularly like the flippant energy and playful blending of guitar tones. The sound is better than most here, but still somewhat shallow.

Super Cycle [love theme from Skaterhater] dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Surfin' and biker fuzz, well matched for a fluid drive down to the fuzz pedal shop. Every one plays well, and the energy is really good. This is a thick and nervous number, with a ton of Davie's pedal magic, and amble

The End Of A Skater dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Demented, twisted, screamingly edgy, and mighty fun. The Phantom Surfers and Davie Allan have found a groove on this one. Chunky, splashy, and downright powerful.

Grindhouse dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thick and raspy, this track is pretty muscle bound. It captures that Davie Allan mean-humorous feel. Melodic and fluidly driven to the back alley.

[The Sound Of] Breaking Glass dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a surfy number with a quirky charm and a load of energy. It has a finely hones sense of disjointed urgency, like a version of "Apache" that's too fast, but still just right. Great idea worked up well.

Arrow Space dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very thick hyperfuzzy Davie Allan rage and Phantom Surfer warehouse sound. It creates a thundering fuzz monster. melodically fine and well played.

Skate and Bait dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie's bastard file fuzz and an appropriately edgy backtrack work well together on this dissonant and grinding number.

Polyurethane dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A thick and surfy rendition of Davie's intensely energetic tune, with too much indistinct sound. The performance is strong and the energy is solid. I'll take the Chris Ashford session, thank you.

Drag Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great Davie Allan string bending, in his unique fluid style. This is a variation on the "Invasion Of The Body Surfers" theme. Big time fun and energy.