Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Sons Of The Pacific - Seedy C.D.dotdotdotdot
artworkthis is a wonderful set of modern surf tracks. Lot's great writing and arranging. Its sound lies somewhere between CHUM and classic surf. I like this a lot.
Picks: Tiburon Del Terra, Out Of Limits, Chuckwalla, Manta Ray, Boneparte's Last Stand, Spyder, Grave Robber

Track by Track Review


Tiburon Del Terra dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and slightly sludgy, "Tiburon Del Terra" is very post modern, yet still very surf. With the rhythm guitar being dark and gutty, and on one side, I didn't really notice the lead guitar on the left at first, especially since it's fairly thin tone doesn't command attention. A simple lead center and second guitar stereo spread would make this a really powerful track!

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sons Of The Pacific' version of The Mar-Kets' "Out Of Limits" is modern and powerful, with big drums and heavy tone. The narrow spread of the two guitars makes it work.

Chuckwalla dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Chuckwalla" is a very cool song. it has a lumbering dusk feel to it, and some really nice delicate guitar work. The moodiness of the song, especially where it yields to the glorious island chords, is very effective.

Manta Ray dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic tribal drums launch the opening of "Manta Ray." Once inside, the song becomes a very pretty number with a slightly heavier break. I like this a lot!

Boneparte's Last Stand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's drama and sweeping imagery here, like you often find in spaghetti westerns. "Boneparte's Last Stand" is really well written. Modern sustain and edgy delay compliment the melody and main idea.

Spyder dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Spyder" starts life as a slightly spooky spy-like track, and as the delicate muted melody line unfolds, it becomes apparent that the juxtaposition of guitar tone and heavy drums is brilliantly executed. Cool track.

Grave Robber dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's danger in those tremolo chords and the gritty sustain. "Grave Robber" is smooth and spunky, and nicely arranged. The drum breaks work really well.