Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Los Venturas - Sharkfestdotdotdotdot
artworkLos Venturas show off a Southern California style surf melody structure and a sound that hints of Jon and the Nightriders, but with less spunk and richness. A fine single well worth seeking out.
Picks: Sharkfest, Beachracer, Makaha Surf, Surfer's Lament

Track by Track Review


Sharkfest dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sharkfest" sports a fine Southern California smile and sense of adventure. The melody is excellent, and the song in infectious.

Beachracer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rolling with the optimism and style of a ride down a coastal highway towards warm surf. It's a fine track with a rich smile on it's face.

Makaha Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Darker than the rest of the tracks here, yet uplifting and spunky. The melody is excellent, and it's loaded with glissandos and great double picking.

Surfer's Lament dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Warm chords ring in moody tribal lament. Not as funeral dirge as the Lively Ones song of the same name, but definitely brooding and sad. The bas and drums perfectly support the circular riff.