Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA 3 Balls Of Fire - Pipeline To The Pit
|This was the second Pitstop for 3 Balls Of Fire. Recorded June 21, 2003, this short set features a cross section of angular and wildly attractive music from Austin's most unusual "surfband."|
Picks: Pipeline To Baghdad, Sea Of Tranquility, Blue Tango, Lonesome Tide, Firepower, Kind Of Green, Sunset Beach, Report From The Oort Cloud
Track by Track Review
Surf-n-blues mingle smoothly dribbled in an aggressive format. Mike's arrangements continue to develop and get more edgy. Lots of power edge.
The harmonics and island chords of "Sea Of Tranquility" play on whammy and inviting sounds. Warm tropical breezes and very pretty guitar lines rise alongside the disturbed whammy, creating an off-balance edge. An amazingly endearing piece of music.
"Blue Tango" features tango rhythms, pumpin' drums and thumpin' bass, grumbly glissandoes, and infectious energy. Great stuff!.
"Lonesome Tide" is a slow bluesy number with an exotic view of the coast from just over the cactus line. It shimmers and writhes with romantic imagery. A very pretty song!
The angular jazz inversions of "Firepower" is offset by rockin' drums and tweaky pick slides. Adventurous and rhythmic. A dark opening and tribal drums yields to a warm squishy chord progression between tribal verses. Very visual.
Strip joint Surf (Instrumental)
"Kind Of Green" is a sinewy, slithery strip-joint slow-tease torture kinda groove. What a gorgeous track, with bluesy, almost liquid guitar work. Mighty moody!
The Sentinals' "Sunset Beach" is tormented and demented, with a new angularity and upset stomach. If the Sentinals needed Milk Of Magnesia, but could only find a rancid poi cocktail, they might have envisioned this instead of their fanciful song. None of this is negative at all. It's a complete inversion of the original, which gives it both an unsettling sound, and yet creates a magnetic darkness amid a coral reef. Most interesting!
Report From The Oort Cloud
Lounge Surf (Instrumental)
This is a slow moody song, darkened and tortured to great effect. Dramatic and gritty, "Report From The Oort Cloud" builds on a theme and meanders through slow gently harsh contrasts. Big and engaging.