Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Slacktone - Surf Adventure Tour - Live In Prague
|This is a live document of Slacktone's performance in Prague on June 25th, 2001. This release is lovingly dedicated to their bassist Mike Sullivan, who died a short while after returning from the tour. |
What's most evident on listening to Slacktone now is just how significant Mike's precision bass thunder was to the power of the band. He was always on time, always playing exactly what Dave and Dusty needed to be free to launch their assault.
This CD captures the kinetic magic that comes from the synergy of these fine musicians.
Picks: Birdbone, PCH, Daytona Mona, Mysterioso, Brian's Beached Piano, The Bells Of St. Kahuna, The Tiki Bar Crawl, Skateboard Commando, Glide, The Wedge, Hawaii Five-0, Hitman, Surf Party, Tidal Wave, Miserlou, Cat On A Hot Foam Board, Blast Bolero
Track by Track Review
"Birdbone" swirls like a giant whirlpool pulling riders into the depths. Dangerous and liquid, infectious and pure surf.
Surfabilly Twango (Instrumental)
Slacktone launches right into one of their older tracks, a song named after a road (Pacific Coast Highway). Powerful fast skate thrash twang at 90 MPH. Yikes! What incredible speed these boys drive at. Where's my seat belt?
"Daytona Mona" sports chunky, edgy, and slightly racy excitement, and thundering drums. Very fine track!
Jazzy Spy Surf (Instrumental)
"Mysterioso" is one of my fave tunes from their first album. In the Pit, the band strikes a blow for real fire power on the waves with this grand song. Superb jazzy harmonics and gnarly rumble.
"Brian's Beached Piano" undulates above floor on the wings of infatuation. Bouncy and pretty, playful and imaginative. Totally excellent!
Always amazing... "The Bells Of St. Kahuna" races against time between the rest stops of the bells. Entirely captivating.
"The Tiki Bar Crawl" sports a primeval twang and a lusty tribal beat. The reverberating pulse portrays the unrestricted joy of the rite of spring on the waves. It's swimming in warm chords and shiny tone. Brilliant.
Curbshootin' Speed Surf (Instrumental)
Revived from Dave Wronski's "glory days" of Jon and the Nightriders, "Skateboard Commando" continues to be a vital and fiery instrumental, and in the trio format, it rocks very VERY mightily.
The opening chords are just too suave! "Glide" is adventurous and spicy, and the overall feel is of a happy surge. The choked transitions are an inspiration - no one can do what Dave does! His beautiful work in the break is spectacular.
Raging Surf (Instrumental)
Dick Dale's mighty firestorm "The Wedge" is magnificently powered to new heights with high potency playing and extreme energy. Absolutely glorious!
Bigger, more powerful, pristine, and perfect. Dave's chords ring in the islands like no one else. Aloha Steve and Danno!
Dave and Dusty originally cut this with Jon and the Nightriders. Agent Orange powers it live. Slacktone sets it on fire! A spy tale on a surf platform.
Old School Surf (Instrumental)
The Astronauts hit with this theme from the film of the same name. Their three guitar lineup seems so much less powerful than this driving trio performance. The watchwords are suave and power. Grand.
One of Slacktone's most aggressive songs is fired with both barrels... a monster wave racing at 100 MPH towards an unprotected harbor with three foolhardy surf punks corkscrewing just below the crest... wow!
The signature surf shredder is revamped under the machine gun playing of this potent trio. Fiery is an understatement... rapid double picking, bursts of glissandoes, dissonant whammied chords, and raw power. Amazing!
Wow! Dave's guitaristry focused on the New Dimensions' "Cat On A Hot Foam Board" is matched pound for pound by Dusty Watson's power drums and Mike Sullivan's precision bass thunder. Too cool!
Power drive, emotional content, and intricacy. The turmoil of guitar, bass and drums here are overpowering, but the breaks allows a few seconds of restful beauty. Amazing!