Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Razorblades - Twang Machinedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a superb CD, with wonderful drums, rock solid bass, great guitar licks, and very strong writing. The production is consistent and very sympathetic to the arrangements, which rock! Sixteen glorious tracks - all tube, no white water!
Picks: Hit The Shit Out Of It, Life's Too Good To Waste It Away, Adrenaline Twist, I Got Revolution On My Mind, Grease Your Hair And Get Tattooed, Why Can't Summer Last Forever, Hey Little Punk Girl, Piccadilly Swing, Take Off Your Clothes, Trouble With The Style Police, Fast And Loud, The Lonely Record Collector, The Rubber Leg Man, Into Tomorrow, (Gimme) One Hour Of Your Life, Thanks For The Offer, But I'll Cry In My Own Beer Instead

Track by Track Review


Hit The Shit Out Of It dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big reverb crash, the "sound of rock'n'roll," and then... big energy and splash. "Hit The Shit Out Of It" is a romping cool track with great drums and fiery guitar work. The melody is solid, playful, and separated from the bridges by whammy chords. Fuzz lands in the break for an over the top ride. Did I mention the drums - really strong!

Life's Too Good To Waste It Away dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Life's Too Good To Waste It Away" is an adventure afoot on the edge of the continent where the shortboard curl lives. Splashy, high spirited, and very infectious. Great string swipes, mini glissandos, and great drums and bass.

Adrenaline Twist dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another fast romp in melody land, amped by string swipes and wonderful drums. "Adrenaline Twist" rocks with uplifting energy and gumption. You cannot park the car while this plays! Superb!

I Got Revolution On My Mind dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dub-like production and a reggae-ish rhythm introduce "I Got Revolution On My Mind," but soon enough, it's on the surf mission with speed and glorious tone. Its melody line is optimistic and catchy. It ends much as it began.

Grease Your Hair And Get Tattooed dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Grease Your Hair And Get Tattooed" is part rockabilly, part rock, and part surf. The guitars are really fun, the bas right on, and the drums amazing! A total gas!

Why Can't Summer Last Forever dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and pretty, yet with loud and strong tone that commands attention. "Why Can't Summer Last Forever" is a lovely number with precision and flow. It's slower pace provides a rest, but not for long. It reminds me a bit of Slacktone, both melodically and arrangement wise.

Hey Little Punk Girl dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An eighties chop chord progression and beat drive this surf adventure home. The string swipes and drums give "Hey Little Punk Girl" lots of edge, but it's the combination of post punk power power pop writing and surf tone that bring on the grin. Excellent!

Piccadilly Swing dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With twang on board and country in its soul, "Piccadilly Swing" rocks and bounces admirable. It's pace, and its rockabilly drums and bass combine with a catchy melody line to make Sunday in the barn too much fun!

Take Off Your Clothes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Take Off Your Clothes" is a mid tempo number with a fairly rock structure and sound with guitars reverbed. The arrangement and writing are sophisticated and very well developed. The guitar fills are just wonderful!

Trouble With The Style Police dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow reggae beat and rhythm provide a refreshing bed for a delightful muted melody line. "Trouble With The Style Police" is both delicate and splashy, and powerful and fiery. The power bridges are really cool between the punches of the verses. I like this a lot!

Fast And Loud dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One would expect this to live up to its name... and it does! "Fast And Loud" is fast, double picked, hard driving, powerfully drummed, and bass thumped. All shred with great drums, with the title shouted out! Wow!

The Lonely Record Collector dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and glassy number with glorious chords and tone, and a haunting melody. There's a lot of drama in the pace and production, and very strong writing too! If you like Slacktone's slower material, you'll like this too! Very cool!

The Rubber Leg Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Rubber Leg Man" sports a romping good fun polka beat and shouts of "hey." If you're into Meshugga Beach Party and want higher intensity, this is your bag.

Into Tomorrow dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Into Tomorrow" drives like there is no tomorrow! Great picking, delightful riffs, rumbling bass, and great drums. This is very strong and fun.

(Gimme) One Hour Of Your Life dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drums rock your world, the bass pumps, chop chords drive the rhythm progression, and the lead plays a totally fun set of riffs. This is all flash... all fun!

Thanks For The Offer, But I'll Cry In My Own Beer Instead dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This moves very slowly with precision drama like only The Mermen, Slacktone, and Pollo Del Mar have done before. The pace and spaces leave you anticipating each beat while the guitar floats on its liquid melody. Beautiful and powerful.