Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
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artworkTubestone is third band I've encountered from Slovenia. They have been playing for a very long time. In some ways, Tubestone remind me of the formative Surfones tonally. These recordings are ambient, or demos perhaps, but unlike most "rehearsal" recordings, these tracks show off a band with style and energy, and good writing.
Picks: Indian Summer (Part One), Walk On The Edge, Beanow De Cleash, Bandi, R'N'R Junk, Katarakt, Moonrider, Billy The Kid's Ride To Mexico, Lazy Queen Daisy, Blue Rose, Roadcoaster, Blow Away From The Future, Indian Summer (Part 2)

Track by Track Review

Indian Summer (Part One) dotdotdot
Industrial Funk (Instrumental)

Thick almost Zappa-esque squonk and stomp. Wah wah guitar and sax drive a lusty riff through long passages of torment and intrigue reminiscent of Quincy Jones or Isaac Hayes.

Walk On The Edge dotdotdotdot
Industrial Tribal Metal (Instrumental)

Great drums launch "Move Along!." Long metal stereo chords, tribal thunder, and thick production. This is a powerful track that demands attention. Very heavy and brutal, but not at all thrashy. Wow!

Beanow De Cleash dotdotdotdot
Storm Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy surf thunder rolls across the horizon. "Sun City Md." is a relentless powerhouse slaughter of the silence. Its thick sound and heavy handed rhythm masque a cool surf melody line/riff. This is a dark and plunderous piece of music, not borne of a happy time in the sun, yet flirting with just such a day.

Bandi dotdotdot
Storm Surf (Instrumental)

the chord progression here is like the main riff in "Calhoun Surf," but it is a far cry from the happiness of that track. Dark, grindy, and threatening, "Kolibris" makes the surf a damn dangerous place to be.

R'N'R Junk dotdotdotdotdot
Storm Surf (Instrumental)

The Italian Mediterranean sadness of the Theme to "The Godfather" is replaced by a thick and rhythmic grind. This is at once delicate and plunderous, flippant and heavy duty. It's quite a fresh approach to a beautiful melody. Amazing!

Katarakt dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very cool track with a great beat and warm melody line. While it's very much in the Euro tradition, it's melody structure and optimism could easily be adapted to the surf idiom. Bouncy and fun. Some damped echoed lines, some open. Richly mixed.

Moonrider dotdotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Lots of optimism on this track. Adventurous and warm, with anticipation of the village green ahead. "Saunavihta" is a traditional song.

Billy The Kid's Ride To Mexico dotdotdotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

"Moonshine" is a very moody and pretty song, with harmonics and a few ultra low-E notes. Haunting and warm, there's a mystical quality to this track that's very endearing. The opening rhythm track is very similar to "Goldfinger," but that's the only part that is.

Lazy Queen Daisy dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This is a cover of the Ventures song. While it's pretty, it's also unremarkable. Smooth and lukewarm, "Ginza Lights" moves in a liquid fashion, so much so that it's almost without character.

Blue Rose dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Following short-wave warbles and squeals, "Space-Twist" comes a bouncin' forth. Optimistic, almost flighty, with a pretty sound. I can't decide if this is a keeper or not simply because it's so smooth. OK, it works!

Roadcoaster dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty arrangement of the song Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen hit with in the early sixties. Moody and spatial, but more MOR than rock.

Blow Away From The Future dotdotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

The melody to "Danger" is very cool, and while the drums sound pretty ambient, the track is very enjoyable. The warmth and beauty of the melody is something to behold. Nice track.

Indian Summer (Part 2) dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

John Barry's film score gets a dramatic treatment, with brushed cymbals and slow moodiness. Very pretty.