Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surf Trio - Moxie and Moredotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD is way past due... a vault purge of the Northwest's most vital surf band. Here is the Moxie single, a mess of unreleased gems, and some real history. Production values range from demo (an source from vinyl) to just fine, but it's an import release historically and musically. Vocals include "Shouldn't Happen To A Dog" and "Ten Million Miles To Love."
Picks: Down I-5, Walking The Plank, Cannon Beach, Beach Genius, Crash, I'm Branded, Moment Of Truth, Cape Perpetua, Space Thing, Penetration, Mr. Tom Collins, Surfin' In The Big Top, Summer Rose, Loose Lips, Surf Trio Action Theme, Cocktails With Bond, Maniac, Batman, Untitled

Track by Track Review


Down I-5 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Early work from Eugene's number one surf monsters. The demo sound detracts some from the delivery, but the band carries it off anyway. Very infectious. The murky sound has somehow not bothered me much with this track.

Walking The Plank dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Power surf, power double picking, power delivery. A fine tune in the high energy trad mold. Very strong writing, and powerful delivery. Even the drum solo is interesting. Did I mention the power?

Cannon Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cannon Beach" is a good modern surf tune. It sports lots of chunk, and growly lead guitar tone, and a very surfable melody line. Memorable, well written, and fun.

Beach Genius dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Progression based, whammied, and chunky. This is a very good modern surf track. It growls, it howls, it rhythmically chunks. Love and kisses to the purveyors of brilliantly simple work like this.

Crash dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Creations' tune has been done better. This is competent, but nothing special. I love this tune, so I gotta pick it.

I'm Branded dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf backtrack under Link Wray chunk-chord wonderment. Powerful, rhythmic and evil.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid cover of the Original Surfaris' version of this tune. Not as energetic or powerful as the original, or the Eliminators' or Apemen's versions.

Cape Perpetua dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cape Perpetua" opens with a KRVM sound sample from an ad for the Wow Hall and a show with the Surf Trio and the Falling Spike. This is the track that was left off of the Almost Summer album on Voxx, but was listed as the title for "Unknown." Pure surf reverb, an infectious melody, and the vintage sound of this fine band. I'm glad to see this finally released.

Space Thing dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This previously unreleased surf track is very cool... using warbling space sounds, shimmering vibrato, and reverb charm. It's a slow reverb charmer with cool percussion and a sense of weirdness.

Penetration dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another previously unreleased track, the Pyramids' "Penetration" is laid out with precision and double picked charm. Quite cool and infectious.

Mr. Tom Collins dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Here we find a sax lead, something quite rare in Surf Trio-land. It's quite cool, spicy and melodic... a fresh face on their excellent writing.

Surfin' In The Big Top dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is entirely too much fun. The main riff from "Palisades Park" is turned from pop marvel into surf monster... I've long though it would work as a surf song... now I know it does. Infectious and fun.

Summer Rose dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a sultry slow number with a gorgeous sad melody and moody sound. Extra cool for a summer evening at the shore.

Loose Lips dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chocolate Watchband tune is taken from Ed Cobb land into echoed drum village, where the production saps it of its charm. It's a great tune to do in a more surf style, and this shows that well.

Surf Trio Action Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Horns and a spiffy go-go arrangement take the Surf Trio into new territory. It takes me back to nights at Wayne Manor in Sunnyvale watching the opener for Sly and the Family Stone while they were still on Autumn Records and Sly still did his show on KSAN AM 1450. Lots of fun, but no surf.

Cocktails With Bond dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very fresh way to treat the "James Bond Theme." It's sultry and sparkling, warm and twangy... and delivered at a gentle pace. Very cool.

Maniac dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Maniac" is in the band's current style, with a warm melody and a lot of power. The fluid piece is all of a verse long, like maybe it's an outtake from the TLC Neat Stuff sessions.

Batman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Modern thrashing of Neil Hefty's classic TV theme, more power than cool, and with considerable organ work.

Untitled dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

OK, so it's an obvious tune, but I can't place it... anyway, it's very suave and cool with a low-E surf second guitar and a vibrato lead, and quirky fun. Infectious and almost silly, yet very durable.