Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Sin-Tones - Surf-O-Ghetti!dotdotdot
artworkToronto's The Sin-Tones play an unpretentious and thoroughly enjoyable brand of surfabilly. Closer to rockabilly than surf, yet a very good fit in the reverb cafe. Seven instros and six vocals, including "Knot Of Wood," "Mail Order Bride," "Monster Truck-O-Rama," "Trailer Park Sadie," "The Jam Song," and "Yesterday's Tomorrow."
Picks: The Resurrection Of Joe Clark, (Theme From) Chick Boat, It Could Be... A Breaker Full Of Death, Picked Clean, They Went Thattaway, Final Frontier, Atomic Paradise

Track by Track Review


The Resurrection Of Joe Clark dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Crows caw in the afternoon wind as the Sin-Tones launch into "The Resurrection Of Joe Clark," a catchy chord progression influenced by the Graham Ghould' "For Your Love" (Yardbirds), with a chorus and a snappy sound. Surfable whammy and sixties simplicity. Quite cool.

(Theme From) Chick Boat dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Big twang chords and splashy melody riff with hints of "Rebel Rebel" and a great rockabilly beat. There' are a few falsetto lines that seem to just make it more fun.

It Could Be... A Breaker Full Of Death dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Danger on the collapsing tube about to hit the rocks. A bit of an edgy Los Straitjackets feel, lots of great vibrato charm, and a gaggle of glissandoes and whammy chords. Great fun!

Picked Clean dotdotdot
Cowboy Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"Picked Clean" bounces with a cowboy hoedown beat, a fun and pokey bass line, and dry-surfable riff. Big barn twango!

They Went Thattaway dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Galloping cowboy surf with cactus shredding un-chapped shins... shredding glissandos and an amphetamine spaghetti western nervousness. "They Went Thattaway" is muttered here and there. Way fun!

Final Frontier dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

A cactus beat undulates under an infectious riff in the surfabilly mold. Twang chords, a chorus, and quick string slides. "Final Frontier" is simply fun!

Atomic Paradise dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"Atomic Paradise" has a middle eastern feel to the melody, which is played out over a jazzy rockabilly beat. It's a brief exit to the CD, timed out at a mere forty-three seconds.