Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Verbtones - Demosdotdotdotdot
artworkSome these demos are on the first release. others not. Most are waiting for a great recording session, and all are worth seeking out. The Verbtones seem to be masters of slow and moody, haunting and dangerous reverb. A band to watch.
Picks: Ghost Wave, Last Wave At Mavericks, Los Barrelles, Matador, Nose Rider, Surfin' At Spanish Head, The Spider

Track by Track Review


Ghost Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song reminds me of the Surfaris' "Storm Surf," though it's darker and chunkier. The double picked guitar is as relentless and the tone is really quite similar to Jim Fuller's. Cool track.

Last Wave At Mavericks dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Last Wave At Mavericks" is a slowish moody piece with an indistinct sound and bongos. It's far more about the ambiance of the surf than a surf song per say.

Los Barrelles dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Los Barrelles" is a slowish song with great damped-reverbed rhythm guitar and a distant lead playing a haunting melody line. A fine instro with an ominous edge and chunkiness.

Matador dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A flamenco guitar launches this extra cool song. It's very dramatic, very inviting, and sultry without being trite at all. Exotic places and distant sadness prevail, amplified by the distant chorus. Entirely cool.

Nose Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big splash and ambient reverb wash over this beautifully haunting piece. The melody is enchanting and the overall sound spatial and eerie. "Nose Rider" is a fine instro with a very cool surf feel.

Surfin' At Spanish Head dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grumbly and moody, with a thumping circular bass line, "Surfin' At Spanish Head" has a distant curl sound that's both inviting and dangerous. The recording is very indistinct, but the song cuts right through that.

The Spider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and spooky, "The Spider" wanders the panoramic spectrum with a haunted sound. Dangerous in a chilling way, with a very compelling sound. Psychodramatic, dark, and moody.