Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Treble Spankers - Hasheedadotdotdotdot
artworkThe second album finds these guys on a major label in Europe. As strong as their first CD, and just as endearing. Full of Spanish ideas and sounds, Mediterranean visions, and their Dutch sense of humor. What a great band!
Picks: Red Hot Navigator, Jaa-Rabbi, Me Jirevis, Popcorn, Wella Flex Blue, Laguna Beach, Hasheeda, I Follow The Sun, A Man Called Curse, Toenggoe Mati, Memories Of Madrid, Vahim, Biarritz 2000

Track by Track Review

Red Hot Navigator dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Red Hot Navigator" is from their "Hasheeda" CD. It opens with stereo race car sound fx, then launches into a mighty tasty big whammy bar tune. Very cool!

Jaa-Rabbi dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a whammy twang monster. It sports chunky fun rhythms, Spanish flair, and a sorta pre King Of Hawaii air. This is a very infectious track. Great playing, and wonderful writing. A must have.

Me Jirevis dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mediterranean or Cossack dancing, double picked leads, chopped rhythm guitar, and rolling drums all merge into a fine track. melodic, and very memorable.

Popcorn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a pop-pop percussion, and a pop-pop melody, it's aptly named, like a surfed up Spanish pluckmaster busting the golden buds. The mariachi horns are too cool.

Wella Flex Blue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

MOR plucking and bachelor pad exotic tomfoolery masked by pristine playing. Nice track.

Laguna Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fiery double picking, sirens calling, ominous melody line, power surge visions, and pluck-driven breaks make this an unusual surf monster. Quite nice.

Hasheeda dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The guitar interplay is very nice, in an See Emily Play kinda way, with touches of Eddie Money and the Three Bells. Double picked finery, unusual structures and influences, and a very pretty sound. Totally endearing.

I Follow The Sun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A "Pipeline" styled rhythm introduces the track, but it quickly melds into a spaghetti western structure. Melodic and fluid, with "cactoos" needle whammy.

A Man Called Curse dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark whammy, double picked drama, big chord crashes, twin lead Spanish double picking, and Dick Dale shredding over a rolling spaghetti backtrack. What a monster this is. Completely fine, right up there with the Hellbenders' "Have A Nice Funeral My Friend," with the added bonus of mariachi horns.

Toenggoe Mati dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody, slow shimmer and tom toms, eerie ambiance, sad tones. Nice track.

Memories Of Madrid dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A travelog for your imagination. This is a spiffy track, with Spain clearly in view, and a ride on a Vespa too. If this is Tuesday, it must be Madrid.

Vahim dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama, power dribbled double picking, like in the backwards part of "Araban," this is chunky, powerful, tango driven, and very Spanish. A very interesting track.

Biarritz 2000 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ah, the Euro beach scene, silky smooth tones, melodic and playful. It has an almost "Music To Watch Girls By" kinda feel to it. Quite a nice track.