Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Snake-Out - Daddy-O [Sperm Dancing]dotdotdot
artworkThis cassette was issued in early 1985, as a demo. The hand made art and recordings foreshadowed the surfabilly genre they (and the Surf Piranhas, the Cramps, and Drew Weaver & the Vibrabeams) started. This is essential, though crude ground breaking work from a band with a unique vision.
Picks: Surf Monster, Scary Mary Part 1, Scary Mary Part 2

Track by Track Review


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.

Kill Babies, Not Whales dotdot
Message Surf (Instrumental)

Interspersed with the sounds of clubbing, women screaming, and babies crying, this political statement instro is mostly a chord progression with driving drums, like it's waiting for a vocal.

Floydmaster Stomp dotdotdot
Stompabilly (Instrumental)

Stomp on demand progression back room rockabilly, devoid of melody, but not lacking in energy or fun.

Psycho Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moron-speak imitation monster talk about "eating salamanders for Sunday dinner" occupy the first fifty seconds of this track. Once past the B-movie trailer utterances, the track becomes a gloomy progression, mean and foreboding. Like many a riff rockin' instro from the fifties, there's little to call a melody, but the grind seems to work anyway.

Surf Monster dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very surfy tune, with the guitar about a mile away. This is Johnny & the Hurricanes' Crossfire, reconstituted fit the surfabilly mold of Snake-Out. This would have been very powerful recorded well.

Ten Miles Of Bad Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is not a cover of Forty Miles Of Bad Road. It is a chunky chord progression backtrack, just waiting for a lead. The break features some fine raging double picked jamming, but otherwise, the lead guitar is so buried as to be virtually unnoticed.

Scary Mary Part 1 dotdotdotdot
Twisted Surf (Instrumental)

Very slow with utterly twisted guitar via extreme warble (modulation) and dramatic occasional drums rolls. Only the bass carries a tune, which is relentlessly repeated. The guitar dementia is not unlike a cross between the Reventlos and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The effect of fear and loathing in the fog shrouded back alleys is remarkable.

Scary Mary Part 2 dotdotdotdot
Twisted Surf (Instrumental)

In a continuation of Part 1, with even more demented guitar and drum duels, this very slow warbler is more dramatic and evil. It builds speed to a crescendo of silence, broken only by gentle tom toms and slight twang. Like an art rock backtrack to a haunted house murder scene, this relentlessly drive chills up your spine.