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The Phantomatics - She Left Her Brain At The Drive-Indotdotdot
artworkThe Phantomatics play dark and haunted surf. Some very good sounds amid the intentionally murky guitar. "She Left Her Brain at the Drive-In" is particularly interesting.
Picks: Hearse Surfin, She Left Her Brain at the Drive-In, Phantomatic Twist , The Good The Bad and The Mummy, Death Waltz in Bm

Track by Track Review


Hearse Surfin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy drums and ominous deep guitar threaten, glissandos charge, and bass provides more feeling than sound. "Hearse Surfin" is dark and dangerous, with the first part ending in a long whammy chord. The break gradually rises from delicate muted lines, through grating fuzz, and back to the main sound.

Go Phantomatics Go dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverb crashes and dangerous laughter, then a tuff riff and chunk chords. "Go Phantomatics Go " intends to menace, and it certainly succeeds.

She Left Her Brain at the Drive-In dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow murky distortion almost suggesting "Sleep Walk" in a dungeon is replaced by dark glissandos and evil melodies. "She Left Her Brain at the Drive-In" is murky in a dank and forbidden way. Those glissandos really make this work.

Phantomatic Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering haunted solo tremolo portrays fear, followed by a b-movie sample. Then tuff drums and splash chords in a "Wipe Out"-like vein punctuate a spooky melody with dangerous overtones.

The Good The Bad and The Mummy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long dark chords, grumbling bass, and tumbling drums provide a fine introduction. The main body of "The Good The Bad and The Mummy" is faster and harder.

Death Waltz in Bm dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky tremolo and b-movie music with funeral organ distant watery guitar. "Death Waltz in Bm" is really a funeral march. Very somber.