Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Barfly Surfers - Surf Trash Attack
|Lo-fi, non-melodic grind that wants to be Man or Astro-MAN?, but isn't. There are some nice ideas, even good performances, but it's crudely recorded in a way that emphasizes the trash ethic and de-emphasizes music, leaving all of it much less powerful and listenable than it could be.|
Track by Track Review
Surf Trash Attack
"Surf Trash Attack" is all trash and no surf. Chaotic, ugly, and not particularly interesting. Mung without the taco (with apologies to The Berzerkers).
"Greens" is dark and grungy in an unabashed trash sense. A simple riff at its heart is not bad, but the song is trashed by its aesthetics.
Another basic riff rocker, but the riff and some ideas are pretty good. It's just poorly recorded, as if it's in a sleazy bar with no patrons. "Highway to Mars" has potential for sure.
"Gato Preto" is nicely written, and potentially powerful. Some cool ideas, some good playing, but the aural damage is severe.
Thrash and grind... some intense things going on, as if you are listening to Man or Astro-MAN? from across the street. Very aggressive, and some parts show promise.
O Buk, o Dick e o Pereio
The main riff is OK, and the energy high, plus some very disturbed interludes. Mostly, "O Buk, o Dick e o Pereio" is just thrash.
Brooding, cumbersome, but layered with some intriguing moments. "Tristessa" has a dangerous rhythm and tremble. It almost crosses into cool territory.