Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Phantom Creeps - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Phantom Creeps use the surf platform as a launching pad for their monster vision. Their music is dark and horror based, serious yet friendly, and always enjoyable. A handful of horror vocals include "Dead Sled," "Dead and Gone," "13:18," "Beach Blanket Bloodbath" from Psycho Beach Party, and Twisted Sisters' "Burn In Hell."
Picks: Children of the Candy Corn, Evil Eye, Creeping Jesus, Voodoo Spell, Pickled Punk, The Creature Walks Among Us, Satan Stomp, A Taste Of Fear

Track by Track Review

Children of the Candy Corn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Children of the Candy Corn" is a surf riff rocker with haunted twang and a ghoulish introduction. Solid surf chunk and a catchy riff. Quite good.

Evil Eye dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and ominous in a horror beach kinda way, "Evil Eye" casts its spell on you with reverb and whammy chord twango. The troubling monster undertones and plundering rhythm bring on the dangers of All Hallows Eve.

Creeping Jesus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fuzz driven monster plodder with a forbidding grind and dungeonous fear of endless imprisonment. A monster mash for detainees. Where's my gruel?

Voodoo Spell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While the beat is mid tempo classic surf, the double picked surf guitar lead issues a low-E grumble and big twang. This is an ominous surf grinder with drama and unseen danger.

Pickled Punk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The title conjures images of dead punks in jars on a long glass shelf in a dungeonous lab, and it sounds a little like that image looks. Gloomy and unseen, with no future worth pursuing. Chunky and ominous.

The Creature Walks Among Us dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow plodding monster progression beneath a deep reverb twang which leads to a cavernous and spectral weirdness. In some ways, it reminds me of mid sixties Ventures sci-fi or horror instros, but way slower and much gloomier. The whistling verse adds a sense of trying not to be afraid.

Satan Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow moody reverb stomp and chop-chord rhythm below ringing reverb guitar, with a deliberate meter and moody sound. "Satan Stomp" grows on you, especially with the lights out while the goblins and gremlins scour the neighborhood for candy. Very cool!

A Taste Of Fear dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Take that fee-fi-fo-fum riff, add a dose of the Munsters, double pick a gruesome guitar, twang chord a second guitar, echo a military death march on drums, and rumble a bass for fear, and you have induced "A Taste Of Fear."