Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Surf Res Q - Demosdotdotdot
artworkA very lo-fi live recording hides a band with a sometimes original sound and good writing. It's time to write a couple of more instros and get into a decent studio.
Picks: Barking Dog Penetration, James Bond / Secret Agent Man, Bruce's Bolero, Pipeline, Surf 101, Surf Bum

Track by Track Review


Barking Dog Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy and dark version of the Pyramids' infectious "Penetration." The slowed delivery and lower register performance add a bit of danger.

James Bond / Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The "James Bond Theme" segues with "Secret Agent Man" with lead guitar nearly lost in the murk. The recording is mostly bass and drums, though the song is well played.

Bruce's Bolero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moderately dramatic version of "Beck's Bolero." Updated some, but also not far from the original recording's edge.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rough glissando opener bumps into a big whammy trio rendering of the Chantays' signature "Pipeline." On the slow and dramatic side, particularly where the whammy chords wrangle center stage. Quite interesting.

Surf 101 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf 101" opens with a nifty bass run. It's a minimalist kind of circular thing with splashy chords and dark overtones. Well recorded, this could be a powerful piece.

Surf Bum dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An unusual and intriguing guitar line plays center stage in "Surf Bum." It's a fine instro with a lot of potential. While early in the development stages, it's on the right track and easily the best track here.