Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
'63 Burnout - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkIf there is a logical replacement for the Torpedoes, '63 Burnout are it! The watchwords are intense and relentless. You gotta hear this band!
Picks: Nashville Stomp, The Ballad of El Guitardo, '63 Burnout, Sleep Walk, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


Nashville Stomp dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Intense modern guitar darkens your door with harsh tone and compression. Everything is loud and powerful here! This is a rocker, not a surfer, but it sure is powerful! Stinging whammy and no mercy!

The Ballad of El Guitardo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great galloping rage of intense chords and distortion-laden twang. "The Ballad of El Guitardo" is reminiscent of some of the grodier Torpedoes tracks, but with a fresh face and more precision. Superb!

'63 Burnout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The band's namesake song is a bit cowboy with a huge intense sound. Way more power than should be allowed, and a dangerous attractiveness. "'63 Burnout" bowls you over!

Sleep Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I can't say I've heard Santo and Johnny's classic turned into a loud track. It's not quite over the top, but the delicacy of the playing is at exquisite odds with the loudness. Quite cool!

Pipeline dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A glissando free opening brings on long shallow whammy chords and harsh wave assault. Chantays' "Pipeline" has been done many ways, but this is kinda like as if Link Wray had written it. Refreshingly arranged and intensely delivered.