Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Vivisectors - Hand Made Bydotdotdotdot
artworkThese six tracks are essentially an album in progress. Greatly improved production values and arranging enhance the Vivisectors' solid writing and playing. I can't wait for the complete album!
Picks: Cowboy Surfer, Duane Stomp, Loco Banana, Shot To Death In Woody Creek, El Zorro Theme, Snake Dance

Track by Track Review

Cowboy Surfer dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

This is a much improved version of "Cowboy Surfer," with the organ gone and the guitars very well done. Very rhythmic, infectious, Spunky, and on the fast side. You can imagine a rider on an open plane. Way cool!

Duane Stomp dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

"Duane Stomp" romps and rides with energy a lot like the new arrangement of "Cowboy Surfer," It's energy is solid and the infectious factor good too.

Loco Banana dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Loco Banana" seems so much more dramatic and western than the earlier version. Engaging and desert cactus cool, with surf chords and a wash of atmospheric reverb.

Shot To Death In Woody Creek dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slower track is very pretty, with spacious surf chords and a warm afternoon sound. The melody carries you across the dunes to the gently lapping shorebreak. Very nicely done!

El Zorro Theme dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track has great drums! they drive it through an almost Brazilian beat while the guitar plays a great melody line. "El Zorro Theme" is one cool song with a very infectious beat and a haunting melody. Outstanding!

Snake Dance dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama runs through "Snake Dance" and it's moody sound. Structurally interesting. The organ seems too dominant given that's it's Leslie provides ambiance that would be very helpful if much more subdued in the mix.