Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Soda Pop Spys - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first CD from a new band. They harbor alternate reality surf visions, blending mariachi, jazz, and beat generation sensibilities into a whole new sub genre. It ranges from interesting and vital to so-so. There are a few vocals as well. Solid first issue.
Picks: Spy/Da, Chupacabra, Sting Rays, Felix, Nado Con Marina, Snake Charmer, Killin' The Rabbit, Spys Are Blue

Track by Track Review


Spy/Da dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A surfy instro with an infectious melody and a chunky backtrack, overlaid by shouts of joy and occasional almost mariachi horns. This is quite the listenable track, fun and spirited.

Chupacabra dotdotdot
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)

The evil mythical creatures prance in a jazzy beat generation way across the nightmares of the believers, with plaintiff cries of "Chupacabra." Fluid fun and soulful glee grace this track.

Sting Rays dotdotdotdot
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)

Whammy and sparkle combine with a simple but effective progression melody to create a very solid track. It has a bunch of heavily effected weird voicings that are spooky enough to actually add to the track instead of detract from it. Really nice track. Moody and eerie.

Felix dotdotdot
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)

A "Midnight In Moscow" like track. Horn led, jump-jazz based, and fun.

Nado Con Marina dotdotdot
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)

A slow distant horn foreshadows a plucky guitar intro to a horn track with a semi Tijuana Brass edge and cool damped surfisms. This is actually quite a nice track.

Snake Charmer dotdotdotdot
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)

A shimmering vibrato guitar delivers a mystical Middle Eastern melody, like a faster "Sounds Of Mecca" (Blazers), but with a more intense vibrato. Very cool, and chill raising.

Killin' The Rabbit dotdotdot
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)

Jumpin' riffin' chord dominated track that seems mostly like a backtrack waiting for a lead, even when the horns come in.

Spys Are Blue dotdotdot
Surf Jazz-n-Roll (Instrumental)

A sultry jazz-n-roll blueser with no particular direction. Not very interesting.