Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Martin Schmidt - The Incredible Strange Sounds of Mr. Smithdotdotdot
artworkIn some ways, this is a very diverse CD, yet it has a continuity about it. Some fine modern adventurous surf, some larger than life progressive blues rock, and a few other sounds for good measure. The surf tracks are worth the price of admission. They are a long way from trad, but sure do sound right.
Picks: Red Sun, Pumpgun, Killer Surf Attack, I Wanna Be Evil, Highway, Black Moon, Long Haired Country Boy, Junkfood, Hurricane, Tornado, Fat Cat, The Sad Little Girl, El Gringo, The Haunted Beach, Space Blues, The Big Sleep

Track by Track Review


Red Sun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big splash, like you might expect from a long sunset glimpse on forbidding soil. Slide, reverb, rich bent chords... "Red Sun" is a spectacular gaze at long monster waves as the daylight fades. Stunning guitar. Slight hints of Mick Abrahms (Blodwyn Pig) slither through the orange skies.

Pumpgun dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big wah wah and cool drums. Intense and powerful.

Killer Surf Attack dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aquatic surges of whammy chords and a very surfable melody line over interesting drums bumping out a tuff beat. A glissando or two and it's all set for the big surf. A fine and adventurous track!

I Wanna Be Evil dotdotdot
Boogie Rock (Instrumental)

Big and tuff boogie, rockin' and stompin' in the bar. Quite heavy and thumpy.

Highway dotdotdot
Slide Surf (Instrumental)

Slithering slide guitar opens the road up like a liquid white line fever. It reminds be somewhat of the very cool Chris Darrow - Max Buda "Eye Of The Storm" album on Takoma. Silky and aquatic.

Black Moon dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Intense guitar, grumbling bass, and slow drums plunder the calm. Quite large.

Long Haired Country Boy dotdotdot
Cowboy Slide Surf (Instrumental)

Demented cowboy twang, reverb and slide guitar, rompin' in Buck Owens' field. "Long Haired Country Boy" is a mighty cool track, with an infectious gate and slithery sound.

Junkfood dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Junkfood" is kinda jazzy in an almost Nice gets the power treatment kinda way. Like something adjacent to Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but maybe more bluesy like Steamhammer or Nectar.

Hurricane dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf 'n' splash reverb, a sorta spy melody line, and a catchy riff, combined to create a different take on surf. Very cool track.

Tornado dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf chords whammified, sub spy surf melody, and a solid beat. Quite smooth and rich, with a catchy line. "Tornado" is a solid modern surf adventure.

Fat Cat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Tweaky and playful, "Fat Cat" bumps and rides a Zappa-esq guitar line to an afternoon strangeness.

The Sad Little Girl dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Haunting and melancholy, "The Sad Little Girl" is dramatic and maybe a little heavy.

El Gringo dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

"El Gringo" presents a cowboy's ride through the cactus, where the twang's the thang. Lots of changes, with vibrato, fuzz, twang, and an infectious beat. Very cool track.

The Haunted Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A round riff tells of longboard mishaps just off the rocks. Adventurous and glissandoed, with tribal tom toms and reverb richly applied.

Space Blues dotdotdot
Rock Blues (Instrumental)

Phased electric blues powered and tweaked. A little too tweaky maybe, yet strangely attractive and disquieting.

The Big Sleep dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big Ben-ish notes open this soft sorta Hendrixian melody. "The Big Sleep" is a slow and soft salute to the great divide. It eventually soars in a modern rock style.