Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - In Bob We Trust
|This is a rough demo from a band with an interesting way of writing and arranging. It's out on an edge, blending some non-surf sensibilities with the old school elements and a nod to the Ventures' sound and punk too. The performances are rough, but there's something special going on here. The Christmas song on the tape is "We Three Kings Surf." Their vocal material is refreshing and bizarre, unusual and somewhere between frat progressive (the violin has been drinking) and Skull and Crossbones. "Petting Zoo" is just too weird! Now, I want to be clear. This is a demo, and the band is formative sounding, with some sloppy playing and crude recording. It's just that there's something happening here worth attention. Once more time for development has passed, these guys should be pretty darn good. So, consider this early warning.|
Picks: Shaiwase Stomp, Fuera De Serie, Get That Out!, Shake Yer Quaker, LetŐs Get Fascist, Krakatoa, East Of Jersey, Pineapple Pie, We Three Kings Of Orient Surf, Generica, Tube Type
Track by Track Review
Surf Rock (Instrumental)
This is a pretty cool track. It has Ventures sorta tonality, but an unusual melody line driven by chords. It's more than a backtrack, and shows lot of thinking in the writing. It is fluid and will no doubt be grand once recorded well.
"Fuera De Serie" is a slightly countrified dry sounding instro, with a progression based melody line. The changes are pretty cool, especially the quiet and Indian parts. This really needs a lead guitar line, though it does work for the most part.
Very cool overdriven guitar, like Jim Messina's (but without the reverb). Intensely weird and super powered. Some double picking, with heavy distortion. This is a pretty interesting track.
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)
This has a spaghetti western feel to the melody line. It's sad and fluid. There's a feeling of the surf and the plains, and of traveling alone across a great expanse. This is a very nice tune.
Cow Surf (Instrumental)
Cowpoke fun and meandering imagery ooze from this track. There's a punk element as well as the cactus stomp.
Thundering Evil (Instrumental)
Extra distorted dirty and mean, evoking a dingy twistorama of blathering lava and eastward bound garbage scows. Thundering evil...
Shaft At The Zoo (Instrumental)
With a "Shaft" guitar and more wah wah than even Cream could muster, this dissonant distrotorama plays with unrelated ideas, weaving a tapestry of confusion that seems to work on a sideshow sorta way. There's something of "The Auction" (David Axelrod) charm in the arranging. Like Country Joe and the Fish at the slaughter house. Most disturbing.
We Three Kings Of Orient Surf
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)
This is a very cool idea. It's not a straight surf treatment. It is a backyard surfboard treatment of the holiday classic, with a surf lead, a punk drums set, glissandoes, and a very tentative performance that just oozes the kind of fun the Neptunas display. Most unusual.
This is a nice tune, melodic and fluidly written. The performance is rough, but underneath lies an interesting and quality song. It flows well, and the melody is original and very listenable.
Progressive Surf (Instrumental)
Great name for a surf tune. This is a sad progressive piece of writing, with elements of jazz and moodiness. It is dissonant and dangerous, slow and deliberate, arty and emotional. It evokes images of a post fatal wipe out sadness. Very cool.