Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Pozor Vlak - Go!dotdotdot
artworkThis LP sports inconsistent sound, sometimes lo-fi, sometimes good. Surf lurks just beneath the murky surface. Pozor Vlak are from East Germany (their term, not mine), and are the inverse of bands like the Looney Tunes or the Cruncher. Not a shred of similarity. The writing bears some similarity to an inverted Vibrasonic. The structures and riffs are highly unusual, both surf and morbid.
Picks: 250.000 Biker, Hammer Theme, Pit Bull, Kamschatka, Krypton, Race Face, Space Terrorists, System Surf, Soledad Miranda, Der Mullah von Kashmir, Camping, Highway Patrol, Taifun Burger, Ultradent, Frosty Family, Weedeater, Oriental

Track by Track Review


250.000 Biker dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Big thick chord crunch, as ugly as 250,000 bikers at a nudist camp. Thick and gruesome.

Hammer Theme dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Relentlessly sledge like, struggling for an anvil that will play a tune. Shreddin' with angst and trauma.

Pit Bull dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Barking dogs permeate the surf chunk in an inverse "Danger" (Gondwanaland) fashion. The shouts and trashing are right outta the soup.

Kamschatka dotdotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Thick soupy sfx give way to delicately double picked surf, with an almost drifting melody line. The imagery of the open currents seem crossed by slightly hazardous breezes, like "Quiet Surf" overlaid by "Paint It Black." A stark aquatic misadventure is at hand.

Krypton dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Thick dirty water surf, dangerous and churning, with a simple riff reminding us of the dark side of punk.

Race Face dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

"Race Face" sports a dissonant sound and a dangerously playful riff. It's dark surf lite, like it's out of tune with the break. Most interesting.

Space Terrorists dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Thick and riff driven, with a dangerous detuned dribble. The double picking is dark, while the tone is just ominous. Beneath the melody line runs a sample from s sci-fi flick.

System Surf dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Ugly feedback, thrashing chords, hideous distortion, and an evil melody line delivered like a triple-time Hawkwind grinder. Thick, amped with screams, and spread like peanut butter across the rocks.

Soledad Miranda dotdotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

A slow shimmering guitar line vibrates above a relentless bass and drum. It's moody and pretty in an unnerving kinda way. The riff is unvarying, as is the backtrack, leaving only the melancholy... that is until the thick chord progression comes in and exaggerates the menacing side of it. Quite unusual.

Der Mullah von Kashmir dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

A very slow sorta jazzy bass, a grunty disoriented guitar line, and the feel of Zappa on a Dewey Webber, then it all speeds up until there's no room for error. But wait, there's more. It drops into a thick morass of dissonance. Thick, heavy, disquieting.

Camping dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

More surfy than the rest of the disc, "Camping" sports a solid guitar that goes through several changes in both pace and riff. Part spy, part surf ride, and part Smoky the Bear.

Highway Patrol dotdotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Reverby guitar double picking a slightly nasty riff over a grumbling bass and distant drums. The composition straddles the line between melody and simple pattern. The break is a refreshing shift in focus, almost siren like. Pretty cool track.

Taifun Burger dotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

The riff here seems like a fifties kinda thing strained through a punk mindset. Thrashy and relentless.

Ultradent dotdotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Dark and moody, this is an interesting sandwich of dangerous space, electronic abyss, and relentless machine surf. Quite heavy and intense, cold and adventurous.

Frosty Family dotdotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Bass thumpin' guitar plucking, reverb echo, and a moody optimistic riff. Somewhat metronomic, slightly repetitious, and wholly spooky.

Weedeater dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

Chopping those pesky weeds can be a real job. The gas weed whacker winds up to become part of the band as the fuzz guitar whines and grinds over a military bass and drums. Quite a different sound here. Ugly discordant noise, like Blue Cheer out on your front lawn.

Oriental dotdotdot
Surf Thrash (Instrumental)

An infectious little beat is barely audible under the shimmer of the vibrato and the hum of the bass. Almost middle eastern and foreboding. "Oriental" doesn't sound oriental at all, but it does sound exotic, at least before the speed up. Another highly unusual track.