Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Snake-Out - Live Pizzadotdotdotdot
artworkOn this, their second release, the band moves from studio tracks to live recordings from their infamous rehearsal hall, Garageland Studios. A pastel of tunes, all highly spirited, frat band sloppy, and major fun, to say nothing of demented. The packaging was highly inventive, coming in a gray pizza box on the first release, and in a dreadful red afterwards. This album was issued in 1986.
Picks: Tim Hangs Ten, Bonanza Vita Brevis, Bushmen Prefer Blonds, Hawaii Five-O, Lunatic, Surfin' With Ed Gein Part 1, Surfin' With Ed Gein Part 2, Out Of Limits

Track by Track Review


Tim Hangs Ten dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Evil feedback and chord threats open a track that quickly moves into a double picked surf rant. The almost discordant melody and the mean structure give it an air of a fast ride on dark and menacing tsunami, fast and thrilling, and ending with a slam into the west wall of a bank four blocks from the beach. Downright ugly surf.

Bonanza Vita Brevis dotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

Twenty seven seconds of the theme from Bonanza, with hoots and hollers, and a ton of energy. Short, fast, spirited.

Bushmen Prefer Blonds dotdotdot
Tribal Surf (Instrumental)

Thirty nine seconds of surf chord progressions and imitations of monkeys between... demented jungle surfabilly.

Hawaii Five-O dotdotdot
Televsionary Surf (Instrumental)

"Pure Horse. Book 'em Danno." And so the track opens. Steve McGarret would certainly approve of the energy, if not the thrashing this classic TV theme gets at the hands of Snake-Out. Big whammy surf, double picked lines, garage intensity, and sloppy. major fun.

Lunatic dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Big ugly chord grind, rockabilly back beat, discordant surf melody, and lots of string slides. Very chunky and percussive. This unusual track straddles the line between surf and rockabilly, as defined by Snake-Out. This is as likely a place as any for the birth of surfabilly.

Surfin' With Ed Gein Part 1 dotdotdotdot
Mass Murderer Surf (Instrumental)

Clearly evil, demented sluggish sounds, insane asylum screams and the evil laughs of the keepers, and thundering tribal toms. No melody, just weird scenes inside Happy Hollow. Great concept for a surf tune. Ed Gein was a mass murderer. he was "discovered" when a decomposing body was found in the trunk of his car.

Surfin' With Ed Gein Part 2 dotdotdotdot
Mass Murderer Surf (Instrumental)

This is the song, with a strong progression based surf melody, lots of energy, and pounding drums. The darkness of the track is appropriate for a song named after a mass murderer. Evil and starkly reverbed.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moderately competent performance of the Mar-Ketts classic. Big, dark, twangy, and echoplexed. Spirited playing, and a very live sound.

Surf Song In Dm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a driven thundering minor chord progression, surf based, thick and dark. High potency, but no melody line.