Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Sub-Mersions - Raw Love Songs From My Garage To Your Bedroomdotdot
artworkThis first release from the Sub-Mersions displays mostly chord progression garage instro thinking, with some glimmer of creativity on some tracks.
Picks: Quack, Jaime Lee, Spanish Feeling #2, Cool, Who Be Jammin', So Sensitive, George, Uphill Run, Cut and Dry, Zamboni Driver, Zamboni Driver again

Track by Track Review


Quack dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Garage progression surf, with a a fun riff. The melody line is sorta sub-border-coastal. It is pretty infectious, with some heavy thunder stuff for added variety.

Jaime Lee dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

With a riff line that cries out mid eighties LA surf band (like a slower Ten Foot Faces), "Jaime Lee" seems to be not quite complete. It almost grabs you, but doesn't quite hold on.

Spanish Feeling #2 dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Not very melodic, mostly garage, with an occasional surf guitar and too much repetition. The mix is not very complimentary to the music, or maybe the arrangement is just not well throughout. Either way, it doesn't seem to capture my ear.

Cool dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Weak lead guitar, meaning low energy, and an uncomplimentary mix hide what just might be a fun basic surf riff.

Who Be Jammin' dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Jammin' is the watchword. No melody, just chord jammin' and pushing the speed. It's rightly really short.

So Sensitive dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This band has grown a lot. Their early few-and-far-between tracks were unmelodic and mere progressions, but this has a nice surf feel, a simple but effective melody, and twangy thin surf guitar sound. This is a moody track, a little brittle sounding, but entertaining and solid.

George dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Almost free of anything that could be called melody. Mostly a progression. The balance of sounds is unnatural feeling. Maybe better production would help.

Uphill Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm and percussion bear witness to the title's reference to the old Shockwaves medley "Downhill Curl" which included Shoutless' "Downhill Run." This lacks the flair and power of those melodies, but it has a character and style of it's own that is interesting, but somewhat hidden by the uncomplimentary mix.

Cut and Dry dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and noodly guitar intro, gradually ascending drums, and a backtrack main body that leaves no lasting impression.

Zamboni Driver dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Garage ugly bass tone, and screaming... a pounder of the first frat party order, less melody. Flying guitar in spots, but mostly chords.

Zamboni Driver again dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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