Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Sandblasters - Oyster Wax
|This first cassette album is a mix of derivative and formative material with a certain uniqueness in the approach. Time evolved this fresh start into a solid and formidable sound as the years passed. This is a most enjoyable first issue from the Sandblasters.|
Picks: Pink Flamingos, Night In Tunisia, Hippy Trip, Surf Romania, Mookiest Limbo, Surf's You Right, Miserlou, Oyster Wax, Martian Monster Stomp, Galactic Cactus, Secret Agent Force, Weird Satellite, Blue Moon, Pipeline B52, Dick Tracy
Track by Track Review
Swimmingly whammied version of "Lullaby of the Leaves" with big surf reverb laden tone, and lots of energy. Powerful and enjoyable.
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)
Right down to the organ, this is the Laika and the Cosmonauts arrangement, except that the sound is much fatter, and the guitar is much louder/stronger. The power shift brings a different character to the tune than the Cosmonauts gave it. Quite nice.
Hippy Garage Surf (Instrumental)
This is a medley of sixties and seventies classics by the Doors (Love Her Madly / Break On Through) and the Rolling Stones (Paint It Black / 19th Nervous Breakdown), surfed into oblivion in a short, fluid continuum of melodic pop surf. These songs date from a period when melody was still a component of garage punk and psycho pop. Rhythmic, infectious, and powerfully delivered. While itÕs easy to think of the Love Her Madly as a flower child pop-psych single, the other three seem to me to be much more garage punk anthems. Great medley, great performance.
Euro Surf (Instrumental)
The Laika and the Cosmonauts song, churned out with more American surf oomph than the Fins sported. Fuller, fatter, more glissando powered. Nice track.
"Mookiest Limbo" is hardly a limbo... more a Link Wray-like sluggish in-your-street-gang number that moves into a swashbuckling scene before a low-E menacing melody rules, then back to the Link thing. This is a chunky rhythm dominated track, progressing from a riff through a full round field of solid heavy bass via a strong lead guitar line. ThereÕs a sense of seeing Osceola at Pepperland in front of the Megadeaths (Pink Floyd) before Kimberly came on... you had to be there. The fullness and body of the track just reminds me of Osceola, a band of big guys that had a very full, meaty sound, and never recorded (too bad). Cool track.
Euro Surf (Instrumental)
Laika and the Cosmonauts' "Surf's You Right" with the Euro replaced by reverb, more beefy and more surf driven. Solid thumping glissando powered surf.
Psych Surf (Instrumental)
If Dick Dale had played with Indian PuddinÕ and Pipe or Frumious Bandersnatch, they might have arranged this as we find it here. This Mediterranean classic is morphed into a hybrid surf-prog tribal thunder powerhouse track. A healthy respect for the King of the Surf Guitar and a solid sense of we-are-the-Sandblasters have merged in this track. Great stuff.
Intense is the watchword here. Whammy, a sense of Secret Agent Man, a feel of huge power chords, and a throbbing bass line. A big sound, and a dominating power, with a break that is delicate and floating. "Oyster Wax" has lots of James Bond influence and a nice melodic feel. Also called "Spys and Superguys."
This stompabilly track features a lead guitar with the modulator cranked to at 11. It warbles rapidly, while the melody meanders over the stomp backtrack.
Surfabilly desert suave. The cowpoke beat is very cool under the spirited melody line. This is essentially an endearing and infectious cover of the FireballsÕ "Ringo." Merges the dunes at the shore with the dunes at in the desert.
Detective Surf (Instrumental)
This detective-spy medley merges the theme to the American version of the Danger Man TV series (Secret Agent Man), Peter Gunn, and Mission Impossible. ItÕs effective, and probably a crowd pleaser.
Space Surf (Instrumental)
"Weird Satellite" starts right off with a great big reverb kick, then settles into a fine melody and spacy feel. Ominous threats from the upper atmosphere, the kind of melody line Eddie Angel might write, and a thick intense delivery. This is a very powerful track with a Euro sense and a surf sense too. Infectious and fun.
Silky Surf (Instrumental)
Slippery version of the ancient standard, recreated in a very lush and subtle arrangement. delicate, restrained, and completely different than all the other tracks here. This is minimal, and very simple. Like a blues interpretation of the Marcels at half speed. The double picked verse is almost Vienna! Cool.
The Chantays classic, shredded with a cowpoke backtrack. This is such a great piece of writing, that itÕs hard to imagine going wrong. The lead guitar is mostly surfy, but one verse also employ post Cry Baby wah-wah. Edgy tones and that cactus needle drive make for a rodeo monster. The second half is at half speed. It is a spacy super warble progression, based on a variation from some version of "Peter Gunn" IÕve heard before, but canÕt place at the moment. This allows the track to stretch out without being boring. Great action.
Shredded glissandoes, pumped thick backtrack, and a melody that is effectively simple, and a little dramatic. Nice track, full of energy and pizzazz.