Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surf Coasters - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkAnother stellar CD from Japan's marvelous Surf Coasters. Released on 7/23/99, this fine set of tunes comes just in time to thwart the onset of Surf Coasters withdrawal. Another step forward in variation, while maintaining the signature crunch and tone. Hot dog!
Picks: Big Thunder, Steppin' Out, Linda, Donky Crazy, Adventures In Paradox, No Exit [17], West Ghost, Hysteric Drummer, Skater On Tenth Avenue, 3.B.B., Redzone Deadzone, Creepy Crawly, Surf Is Blue, Satisfy

Track by Track Review

Big Thunder dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Power glissando opening, a cry of "big thunder," and then a big crunch surf riff powers a thundering surf tune with excellent drums and major rumble. Some high end saturation on the lead guitar adds edge to the track. Fast, powerful, and too much fun.

Steppin' Out dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Steppin' Out" sports a double picked lead line with a little of that melodic pop melody feel that permeated sixties pop. Infectious, and happy. Plenty of changes and pumped up rhythm section.

Linda dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums usher in an undulating number with plenty sensual cool. The ska second guitar creates a metronomic backdrop for the swimming melody riff. The effect is to bring into clear focus images of a fluid walk and bouncing chest on a lovely lass named "Linda." Way cool.

Donky Crazy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Donky Crazy" is an ultra short one verse pumped up Russian thing... pretty fun.

Adventures In Paradox dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow silky sad melody over distant sirens and spooky ambiance. The rain on the roof and a sense of the unavoidable permeate this slow lush piece, with beautiful round full guitar tone. The melody line is very nice.

No Exit [17] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slam bam jam! Speed on the highway, traffic darting at double speed... what a manic number. More progression than melody, but with big power.

West Ghost dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Throbbing percussion, mysterious tones, and whammy flush out your fears as "West Ghost" meanders with no subtlety. It's a rhythmic and cool journey into the unknown.

Hysteric Drummer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

So, what'd'ya think? A drum track? Yup... just drums... pummeling your butt. It's really the intro to "Skater On Tenth Avenue," which it segues right into.

Skater On Tenth Avenue dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Continuing the drum madness of "Hysteric Drummer" with major drive and whammified guitar magic a la some of the more inspired fifties instros.

3.B.B. dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Three Brothers Ball" is a short blast through ultra noise territory... ugly and fast!

Redzone Deadzone dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the same melody line as "3.B.B." with more surf crunch and power punch. What a monster... The ugly bass is like Blue Cheer at triple speed.

Creepy Crawly dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grimy near grunge approach to instro surf, with a double picked melody line and very thick sound. Exceptional drums and super glue stickiness. Dark, gloomy, menacing, and ugly. Wow!

Surf Is Blue dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beautiful sad guitar lines fluidly roll across the aural horizon. This is a very pretty piece, with excellent writing and playing. It speaks of loving times on island shores.

Satisfy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is, how shall I say, typically Surf Coasters pumped, driven like "Intruder," and sporting a catchy riff with hot drums. Rumble and throb, double pick and dribble, and many fine changes. This is very cool.