Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This cassette demo sports 6 tracks later released on the Surfones 95-98 CD-R. Spain's Surfones play in a subdued and moody surf instro style.|
Picks: Los Pollos Fritos no Pueden Correr, Sleep Walk, Tendido 69, Ladelander Wave, Pateras en el Estrecho, Surf Rider
Track by Track Review
Los Pollos Fritos no Pueden Correr
Beat Generation Surf (Instrumental)
Inspired, like Paul Johnson on the continent without the Mexican influences. The Bone Sharks could cover this. It's very simple, but infectious and solid. It straddles the line between the fifties and the sixties, and between lounge and surf. The title means "Fried Chicken Can't Walk." Nice track.
The heavy use of reverb and bottleneck slides brings this close to a lap steel sound, and also gives it a haunted lead which rides over a crisp band track. A very nice and reverent cover of Santo and Johnny's classic.
This is a very pretty instro, even better than on the earlier demo. The addition of the reverbed castanets is very refreshing. Of all of the tracks from their demo disc, this is the one I come back to most often. It sports a fluid and gently swaying south of the border flavor. It's melody hints of the Bambi Molesters and the arrangement is a little like the Challengers on "Surfing Around The World," but with more sway. The bullfight horns and guitar riffs are entirely cool. Also called "Gypsy Surfer." This is one solid track!
This opens with a bass line muffled in phased effects and thick swirly brain shifted sound. It migrates into a textured rhythm track that compliments the moody guitar rock jam lead . It's strangely attractive, given it's jam-like progression dominated structure. The effected mix brings a desolate Vaseline sunglasses view of an open field.
"Pateras en el Estrecho" has become a really cool tune, both gentle and fluid, as well as picturesque, delivering images of fluffy afternoon strolls along the shore. It opens with an alarm, but that quickly gives way to the catchy melody riff. The melody is very untraditional, but it has a decidedly surf cove feel. It's moody and interesting. The writing reminds me a little of the Bambi Molesters, but that isn't really a fair comparison. The similarity lies in the uniquely non-California approach to lead and rhythm guitar interplay.
A pretty straight cover of the Nokie Edwards / Lively Ones classic. Slightly sharpened edges provided with the use of echoplex and a crude recording. Chunky guitar sounds and fun. Probably from a rehearsal.