Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Sir Finks - (Tres Mexicanos) Del Surf de Texasdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a great collection of previously released tracks from one of surfdom's coolest bands. Their use of muted reverb is completely engaging. Just listen to "Steel Pier!!" I'm really glad to see this CD get their music out there again.
Picks: The Ugly Surfer, Castaway, Devil's Agent, Spanish Flea, Mazatlan Stomp, Steel Pier, Weird Beard, Heads Up, Mondragora, Knights of the Long Board, The Ulrich, Double Buck, Penny A Dance, The Ballad of Mike Fink, Moon's Theme, Heart Full Of Soul, Action Reef, Lost Wahini, Jack the Ripper, Can't Be Still, Boots, Wound Up

Track by Track Review


The Ugly Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pure fantastic trad surf. The damped leads and percussive attack make this very enjoyable. The band scream and shout, clearly having too much fun playing this exceptional track. Strong melody, and a sense of the Fireballs, but more percussive. Great!

Castaway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the most delightful track here. It has a profoundly percussive and beautifully damped lead guitar, and trad tone throughout. This is the track I keep coming back to on this disc. The melody is friendly and has that sixties Paul Johnson lilt to it. Really good tune, and excellent performance. The Three Bells sequence in the beak is too cool! Love this track!

Devil's Agent dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow sinewy wet spy surf. Very cool and endearing. The shimmer is gorgeous. A great trad track to inspire surf espionage. Gentle and appealing.

Spanish Flea dotdotdotdot
Itchy Scratchy Surf (Instrumental)

Pure Surf sounds, ultra playful melody, extra suave delivery, and excellent damped reverbed guitar. "Spanish Flea" is just too infectious for its own good. A must play.

Mazatlan Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mazatlan Stomp" is a very playful damped reverb piece full of infectious grins and warm Spanish flair. Excellent drums, swimming whammy, and perfect plucking blend to create a watery image of the Mexican coast.

Steel Pier dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra reverbed superbly damped surf guitar takes this Impacts classic beyond its original boundaries into a whole new territory. It uses a quiet understatement to bring out the power. The dribbled glissandos charm the savage beast while the whammy chords speak of power. This is one of the best covers of this tune.

Weird Beard dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Weird Beard" is an ultra reverbed super chunk stomp, utilizing a simple progression that gets into your noggin and stays there. Somewhat monster movie-ish, and very fun.

Heads Up dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a right honest delivery of "Heads Up," also known as "Shootin' The Pier." It's Freddie King composition. Much chunkier and more restrained than the original or the Lively Ones' retitled version, this retains the soul and adds ultra reverb.

Mondragora dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty chunky traditionally styled surf jam, mid tempo and infectious. The trad progression styled melody line, damped plucks, and definite surf tweaked structure provide ample interest and wet rhythms.

Knights of the Long Board dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Groovy percussion, percussive surf guitar, extreme damped reverb, and a delightful riff driven by the infectious rhythm. "Knights of the Long Board" is a very cool tune, with lots of chunk and pure surf tone. I couldn't get this outta my head... excellent!

The Ulrich dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Ulrich" is a delightfully playful piece, percussive and infectious, and very spunky. Mike Guerrero knows how to use damped reverb to it's fullest. In some ways, this can be compared to a speeded up Fireballs tune. Very fine.

Double Buck dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mexican village stomp, cowboy prancing, and surf reverb... this is a mighty fin tune, a border surfed masterpiece. Entirely cool, very infectious, and totally fun. Yee-haw!

Penny A Dance dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboy dance hall prancery, with that quiet reverb and playful rhythm. "Penny A Dance" speaks of innocent fun, a polka band, and gussied up country folks. Even the subdued chorus brings cheer. Excellent!

The Ballad of Mike Fink dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Ballad of Mike Fink" is a splendid light weight stomp, a tale of guitaristry and chunk. Mike's plucking is just too fun, and the perfect blend of drums and bass keep it afloat on a sea of airborne flying fish. Very infectious.

Moon's Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Outstanding picking, suave percussion, solid bass, and a magnificent arrangement. The Farfisa underneath is subtle and adds to the ambiance. "Moon's Theme" is a splendid track, bouncy and infectious, and slightly dangerous, with spiffy whammy.

Heart Full Of Soul dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

This is a full fuzz attack on the Yardbirds' grand and moody "Heart Full Of Soul." I wonder why no one has done this before, it seems so obvious. Nasty and yet very fun.

Action Reef dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Action Reef" is a bluesy number with a chunky backtrack, and a familiar rhythm. The cool chops and infectious rhythm drive this one home. It may be a bit derivative, but it's just too much fun to pass up.

Lost Wahini dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Almost laughing playfulness, chunky froth, pretty girl search music. Very enjoyable, infectious, and utterly cool. Wahine or haole girl, it makes no difference... it's just too fun.

Jack the Ripper dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chords, extreme damped surf guitar rhythm, tribal drums, moody bass... you know the drill. The thing is, this very different, like a speeded up variation on the Surfaris' version, but with the rhythm guitar out from and the whammy subdued, creating a new image for a well worn Link Wray classic. Excellent.

Can't Be Still dotdotdotdot
Memphis Soul Surf (Instrumental)

Austin's Sir Finks use almost Davie Allan fuzz and rich damped reverb surf guitar with cheesy organ, and solid bass and drums for guts. They reinvent "Can't Be Still" in a way that's a blend of cheesy and cool. Quite fun.

Boots dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Throbbing tremolo, nearly swoiree wave fuzz, and Davie Allanish string torture permeate this spectacularly dirty cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking." To not like this, you either need your attitude hat on too tight, or you just don't want to stray from the surf.

Wound Up dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wound Up" has the feel and spice of The Fireballs, but with dry tone. The melody riff is happy and catchy, and the playing downright fun. I sure like this!