Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Surf Nation - Three Songs From The Riverdotdotdotdot
artworkOne phrase comes to mind - 'Bout Time!' Surf Nation is essentially a reincarnation of Camp OJ, an elusive band with solid credentials. These are three tracks from there way past due album in progress. Three very strong tracks foretell of an great album to come.
Picks: Ali Baba, L'ock 'N' Dam #5, Party At The Sandbar

Track by Track Review


Ali Baba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Solid twangy edgy surf with an infectious energy and beat. This is a strong song and performance, with appropriate thunder and flare. Magnificent! Dave and the Customs' mighty "Ali Baba" was in their set in the Camp OJ days, and appears on Gnarly Reef.

L'ock 'N' Dam #5 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and haunted, howlingly cool, string-bent twangy, this is a dramatic monster with power and flash. Long sustained notes howl and call to the surf. Aggressive tone and stormy danger abound. An excellent track! Not for the timid or trad limited.

Party At The Sandbar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More or les traditionall arranged, "Party At The Sandbar" sports modern tone and a catchy surf beat, withwhammy and warm sunny sound. Great glissandos and rhythm. Happy as they come, like a merger of the Wedge and the Evasions, but with a thicker sound. Excellent!