Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Swamp Donkeys - Diablo Beachdotdotdotdot
artworkThis disc displays way more surfability than Beach Blanket Bondage A Go Go. The whole disc is head and shoulders above it, recording quality, performance, everything. The last seven tracks are punk vocals.
Picks: Viva Satanico, Ghost In The Mirror, Dashboard Burrito, Phenobarbital, Devil Dressed In White, Beelzebub's A Peepin, Planet Satan, Demon Stampede, Sand Bar, I Am The Devil

Track by Track Review


Viva Satanico dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Center stage is a mean and nasty surf riff over a thundering back track. It's a short track, clocking in at 1:24, but long enough to satisfy.

Ghost In The Mirror dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tasty surf picking, some damped some open, and all moody. "Ghost In The Mirror" has a slightly haunted sound. The mid section is fuzzed out, while the rest is reverby.

Dashboard Burrito dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A somewhat Mexican melody greets you as you delve into "Dashboard Burrito." It drops into a whammified dramatic power chord feast that serves as a bridge between verses.

Phenobarbital dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grodie low-E surf and slam for the chop of a storm surge. Mean and accented with an ultra heavy metal break, "Phenobarbital" goes right to the heart of a bad hair day. Crashing glissandoes and thundering danger.

Devil Dressed In White dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Devil Dressed In White" is built on a semi playful upbeat riff. It's a little stiff and repetitive, but sports some flair and enticement.

Beelzebub's A Peepin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark surf for the alley, with ample twang and punch. The riff is almost melodic, and certainly holds attention. relentless.

Planet Satan dotdotdotdot
Progressive Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

Wah-wah pedal instro space twirl, like a tame version of Vibrasonic with more clarity. This is a great variation on the surf idea, intensely psycho-rhythmic, and very pleasing. The almost progressive rock ethic merged with the surf theme is really cool.

Demon Stampede dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Demon Stampede" exists in the realm of the extra weird psychedelic swirl, where Vibrasonic lived and added phasing. The combo of surf guitar and swirling orbits of dust makes this a very cool track in deed!

Sand Bar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Low-E double picked guitar and a punk backtrack shred into mighty mean territory, where speed and evil cohabit the dark corners. This is a powerful track.

I Am The Devil dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammied surf chords and dark images of storm surf and risky short board moves on fast moving dark waves. Dangerous surf with a nod to Dick Dale. Tasty.