Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Von Zipper - Ausgezeichnetdotdotdotdot
artworkBrand new band from the metropolis of Campbell, California. This band has nothing to do with the East Coast lo-fi garage band. This is a fine tight well read band, with good writing, a melodic sense, and the right trad sound. Their stage show is destined to be eye candy at the very least, with their theme being World War I German helmets with pointed spikes on top, etc. This is their first 4 song demo, which they are distributing on CD-R through their web page. Ausgezeichnet is reported to be an untranslatable German word for the most bitchin' super fine highest caliber utterly max ever... in other words, a high compliment. Achtung!
Picks: Shirtless Bob, Custer's Last Swell, Bismark Stomp, Surfing Mit Der Kaiser

Track by Track Review

Shirtless Bob dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song's title is inspired by a photo of Bob Hope without a shirt that hangs on the wall of their basement rehearsal space. It's simple, effective, melodic, and dynamic. It has a nontraditional backtrack, with a pretty fine surf guitar over the top. The structure reminds me of some of the stronger eighties revival bands, but it has a character all its own.

Custer's Last Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine track sports Indian tom-toms and a low down grumbly bass lead by a guitar with tonality similar to Bobby Fuller's, and also has some of the chunk of the Fathoms. This is rhythmic, infectious, and quite cool.

Bismark Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A simple vintage structure, a stompin' backtrack, and a chunky sound. It is less interesting than the others, though the accents and embellishments are quite nice. It's amazing what a few well placed extras can do to transform a progression oriented track into a fine surf song.

Surfing Mit Der Kaiser dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bake your Kaiser roll, boil your spuds, and brew your own pilsner, then pack into your pack near your rations tin and head out to the North Sea for a bout with the swells and the cold gray weather. This is a nifty progression broadened by nice changes and chunky stinging guitar. It's rhythmic and infectious. Cool track.