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Stanley Dix - Longboardsdotdotdot
artworkStanley Dix is an illusive band for those of us outside of Brazil. Their music is punkoidal, verging on melodic, garagy, high energy, and very fun. In addition to the 4 tracks on the ep, this review includes the balance of their recordings I could find on the web. Of special note is the vocal version of Miserlou. This 4 song EP is quite hard to come by. In fact, this review is based on an mp3 download. I'd love to have the original.
Picks: Giro Magneto Gravitacional, Longboards, Galaxie 500, Ele Vira, Vinganca do Bizarro, Longboards From Hell, Electrologica X8, Comando Estrelar, Skatalushka, Misirlou, Miserlou

Track by Track Review


Giro Magneto Gravitacional dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

A dark riff pumps out warnings of danger just beyond that outsider. More than riff-rock, less than melodic, yet compelling. There's something almost future-morbid about it.

Longboards dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

"Longboards" uses a very surfable riff in the style of the simpler structures of the original era. Its single picked melody line is very cool. It portrays an adventure on longboards as the title implies. The horn break runs atop a gently double picked run that's augmented with occasional glissandos. The original title is "Longboards From Hell" Very cool!

Galaxie 500 dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

Motorcycle engines ignite the opening of "Galaxie 500," and it's much as one might expect for a bike-hot rod melody. Fairly repetitious, yet interesting enough. The horns are a nice touch that gives it a slightly raw edge.

Ele Vira dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Vocal)

Dark and dangerous, with screams and big chords. Some fuzz, some double picked moodiness, and great shouts. This is thick and heavy. "Ele Vira" is a vocal that takes its time arriving. Garagy and cool.

Vinganca do Bizarro dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

The murky lo-fi demo sound hides a tuff riff-rocker that's aggressive and swirly. Nasty sax adds a Steve Douglas kind of edge. Oh for better audio sources!

Longboards From Hell dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

This murky demo sports a superb melody riff and dark energy. "Longboards From Hell" is the original title for "Longboards" that later appeared on the Longboard EP. It uses a very surfable riff in the style of the simpler structures of the original era. Its single picked melody line is very cool. It portrays an adventure on longboards as the title implies. The horn break runs atop a gently double picked run that's augmented with occasional glissandos. Despite the grodie audio, this rips. Very cool!

Electrologica X8 dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Vocal)

High a perverse nod to "Hawaii Five-0"'s dark underbelly, "Electrologica X8" grunts and romps with great energy and charm. Dark and dangerous, with screams and big chords. Some fuzz, some double picked moodiness, and great shouts. This is thick and heavy. "Electrologica X8" is the vocal that became "Ele Vira."

Comando Estrelar dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

"Comando Estrelar" is a very dark number with cool horns and punkoidal energy. Slammin' glissandos and spittin' drive. It's pretty riffy, but is also very commanding.

Skatalushka dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

"Skatalushka" is a bit like part two of "Comando Estrelar," but less dark and more melodic. Big splashy energy drives this home.

Misirlou dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rippin' cover of Dick Dale's single arrangement, including the trumpet. The cruddy demo sound only partly obscures the intensity of the energy in the performance. Very powerful!

Miserlou dotdotdotdotdot
Dark Surf (Vocal)

This is utterly fantastic! It's a sensual version of Nicolas Roubanis' "Miserlou" with lyrics about Dick Dale's life. It's sung in the first person, which is doubly fun when you consider Dick always speaks in the third person. Entirely too cool!