Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Retroactive Gamma Rays - STdotdotdot
artworkAurally, these tracks are pretty muddy mono demos. Musically, some of the songs are ripe for monsterdom with just a little creative arranging and better audio. An intriguing first effort.
Picks: Get Bent, Kiwanda Cove, Speak Easy, Avast Ye!, Get Off Your Back Porch, Footprint

Track by Track Review


Get Bent dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Get Bent" is a riff based number without a lot of change, but with significant spirit and whammy. A couple of dirty long glissandos round out the surf edge.

Kiwanda Cove dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Kiwanda Cove" is a more interesting track, with lots of drum action and a circular melody line with ample arrangement changes to keep it interesting. It's a little repetitious aurally, but with all the energy, it rises above. Great drums.

Speak Easy dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Dark whammy chords and a kind of goofy edge give a sense of a dangerous alley with the surf just out of view. A long gritty glissando followed by a whammy chord series cries out to watch for the rocks!

Avast Ye! dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Pirates on longboards invade the shorebreak where the gremmies and the hodads never go. White water danger with dark whammy chords and danger. This could become a killer.

Get Off Your Back Porch dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Busy unusual notes circle like a yellow jacket about to light in your hair, chop chords threaten, dark splash calls to the surf, and the darkness of the tone renders "Get Off Your Back Porch" to the dangerous file. There's plenty of opportunity for creative arranging here. Very cool.

Footprint dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Delicate banjo launches into a very cool instro with extreme tension and uneasiness. Chop-danger and gloomy moodiness. An instro on the verge of becoming great!