Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Threesome - Adriaticadotdotdotdotdot
Yeah... this sure is wonderful. Huge, powerful, and at times, semi-psychedelic. If Dick Dale and The Mermen had meandered into a dark forty footer where the barrel blended them into one primordial soup, then molded them into a band, Threesome might have been born. That doesn't speak to the original licks. This is one cool release, and a substantial step up from their 2010 demo ep. These lads are from Serbia.
Picks: Chasing The Car Bandits, Raked Over, GTO Crash, First Wave, Eddie Would Go!, Wahine, Dancefloor Stalkers, Beware The Stare, Glise 581c, Snow Surf, Interstellar Hardrive, Lull

Track by Track Review


Chasing The Car Bandits dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich tone and a strong rhythm section with a strange Beach Boys inspired chorus doing a spy-like thing. Chorus aside, "Chasing The Car Bandits" features tuff glissandos and hot guitar work, along with great drums. Lots of changes and serious power.

Raked Over dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Intense and tuff, "Raked Over" employs a power riff with Dick Dale-ish string pulls and relentless drive. This is a fine track with lots to suck you in!

GTO Crash dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark double picked threats and feedback deluxe, grode bass, and perfectly suited drums. Big whammy, drama, and occasional attractively irritating feedback whistles. Spiffy!

First Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a significant update to a song that appeared on their demo of last year. Powerful, dramatic, beefy, and well developed. Some great chords and string swipes.

Eddie Would Go! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark twang delivers an engaging set of riffs with powerful fat-e-string tone. Aggressive at a modest pace, with danger and Theremin (?). Whammy to go too.

Wahine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grand chords extended by echo with just a touch of feedback, yielding to Mermen-esq imagery. Then, in come the bass and drums driving a whole new power theme. "Wahine" must be one cool surf bunny!

Dancefloor Stalkers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Drums and deluxe muted string swipes, glissandos, big twango, and magical fit between the trio's instruments of choice. This is unusual enough and healthy, with ample variations. The long slow glissando in the middle is way cool!

Beware The Stare dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Throb of tremolo emits danger as "Beware The Stare" unfolds. A bit spy-like, but with muted chops, long sustain, and more power than spy usually employs.

Glise 581c dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Glise 581c" is a nod to the planet orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 581, where the wahines surf the solar wind... OK, maybe that's a bit fictional, but this is dramatic and loud and arty. Glissandos abound, power oozes, and whammy and tribal tom toms extract attention. Quite nice!

Snow Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long dark glissandos, heavy string swipes, dangerous whammy chords, and double picked assaults. You only need understand surf power to get "Snow Surf!" Boy oh boy.

Interstellar Hardrive dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In name only nodding to Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive," this is an ominous and power dominated track. Very intense!

Lull dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Psychedelic feedback warbles deliciously launch "Lull" as superb tribal drums undulate under the glorious drone. The melody that erupts is part Hendrix, part Mermen, and all deluxe! Splendid!