Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Pyronauts - A Home Made Demodotdotdotdot
artworkNew on the scene, the Pyronauts are steeped in the traditional sound, using original and classic songs as vehicles to deliver the reverb. Often sparkling, with sophisticated writing and excellent drums.
Picks: Pipeline, Go-Go Girl, Boogieman, The Ghastly Stomp, Surfin' Espana

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Pyronauts play a very trad rendition of the Chantays' "Pipeline," with as much delicate chunk as they can muster. Nothing new here, but competent and enjoyable traditional sounds. The glissandoes are modeled on the Lively Ones' version.

Go-Go Girl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine interpretation of Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena," based loosely on the Trashmen's version, but more dramatic and delicate, and much more adventurous. Lots of chunk and rhythm, great surf reverb, and plenty of drama. A very nice track.

Boogieman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish finger picking and reverb, solo guitar, and then a chunky spunky surf groover. The melody riff is trad in structure, and variable enough in delivery to avoid sounding repetitious. Some of the flying guitaristry is magically attractive. Cool track.

The Ghastly Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sparkling surf and monster motion, rhythmic and splashy, and quite fun. Low-E growl and high e sparkle, and excellent arranging. Hot dog!

Surfin' Espana dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Spanish melody and sounds project an image of a slightly sad village scene, as if there's a funeral procession passing by. Great drums and interesting writing.