Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surf Trio - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkCompilation CD of their early years. Great band from Portland Oregon that blends a solid understanding of Surf and an amazingly rich understanding of Garage. I'm still waiting for the reissue of the marvelous Almost Summer album, with it's really cool surf instros.
Picks: Barbary Coast, Mile Zero, Hawaii 5-0, Gold Beach, Skaterdater

Track by Track Review


Barbary Coast dotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Another interesting blend of influences in an instro that features an acoustic lead guitar. This is different sorta Surf Trio track. It sports elements of steel drum sounds, and dry thin guitar tones, but it just didn't grab me at all. It's light and happy, but also forgettable.

Mile Zero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf n' shred into the night. Similar in structure and sound to the TLC Neat Stuff sessions. The low-E double picked melody line is cool and to the point. Crunchy dark and double picked, this has a solid melody line, and a familiar feel. It's a simple progression that works really well.

Hawaii 5-0 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty spirited performance, well interpreted, and just different enough to avoid the oh-no, not another cover syndrome. The energy is good, and the track is quite listenable.

Gold Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very edgie chunky tune. Whammied suaveness, crunchy surfiness, melodic evil sounds. This is a fine track. It has much of the sounds of the Neat Stuff sessions, but also sports some more reverbed surf tones. It's very simple, but highly effective.

Skaterdater dotdotdot
Skate Fuzz (Instrumental)

Speedily thrashed out version of Davie Allan's amazing tune from the film of the same name. Very solid!