Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Brave New Surfdotdotdotdotdot
Yeah! What a strong comp! label comps are often not that strong, but Brave New Surf is one mother of a collection of modern surf bands. Not just modern surfbands, but really good bands. Highly recommended!
Picks: The Anacondas - Floating Home, Aqualads - Washout, Atomic Mosquitos - Mosquito Royale, The Bambi Molesters - As The Dark Wave Swells, The Barbwires - La Caja del Muerto, Daikaiju - Laser Runner, The Deadbeats - Karabasan, The Eliminators - Walking Tall, El Ray - Cherry Cheeks, Frankie and the Pool Boys - Ewa On The Beach, Los Kahunas - 7 Mares, The Madeira - Witch Doctor, The Phantom Four - El Palmero, El Supernaut - Wonderman from Initio, Surfer Joe and his Boss Combo - North Swell, The Secret Samurai - The Khazar, The Thunderchiefs - Estratosfera, The TomorrowMen - Momentium, Los Twang! Marvels - Sea Of Glory

Track by Track Review


Floating Home dotdotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

"Floating Home" does just that... it closes out the album gently, carrying you home on a raft driven only by a warm breeze. Very pretty indeed!

Washout dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy, long sustain, spy imagery, and dark surf guitar. James Bond on a surfboard, and superb drums. Thunder and danger and mystery. Great track!

Mosquito Royale dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mosquito Royale" has an infectious rhythm and an adventure driven melody. Great energy and tone, with notes dribbling like water drops from the lead guitar. Perfect for a coastal drive at the limit. This song really grows on you.

As The Dark Wave Swells dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"As The Dark Wave Swells" opens with a gentle guitar melody on guitar complimented by tremolo guitar. It becomes a lush easy moving number with a beautiful melody and romantic sound, then another verse in, superb tom toms and keys add spaghetti drama. It's a lovely song that's hard to escape.

La Caja del Muerto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Violins and horns-keys accompany dark surf guitar for big screen drama. "La Caja del Muerto" is very cinematic, with sweeping panoramic imagery. Highly original and risk-taking. This is totally infectious!

Borgo Pass dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some engaging things happening here, with cool guitar licks and haunted keys. "Borgo Pass" is rather original. Great drum work, and some fine playing from all.

Laser Runner dotdotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the hammered bass line you know that "Laser Runner" is going to be special. Its vibrato guitar and military beat are relentless. This song creates an eerie and scary scene. drama, sophistication, and creativity abound!

Karabasan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy, hard charging, slightly Mediterranean, and powerful. The guitars shred, double pocking both lead and a dark counter melody. This is a monster, with flying glissandos and a tone of energy.

Walking Tall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With the echoed, easy whammy flow of The Shadows, "Walking Tall" moves through very endearing territory. The melody is very well written, and the almost galloping arrangement well suited to it. Its tone and sound are hard not to like.

Cherry Cheeks dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzz guitar, bass, and drums provide a garage backdrop for the surf guitar melody. "Cherry Cheeks" is a fine track with a tasteful melody riff and a solid, if easy sound. The chords midstream remind me of Amon Duul II's "Surrounded By The Stars." Original and compelling.

Ewa On The Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another very fine track, with an island lead guitar that's all slippery and Hawaiianesque. There's a European flavor to the guitars, but just a touch. The layered axes are really cool, and there are plenty of changes to keep it fresh, as if its chemistry wasn't enough. Excellent!

7 Mares dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wonderful whammy and a sparkling melody, with jangle rhythm guitar. "7 Mares" is an easy track to like, in part because of it's warm tone, as well as its playful melody. Excellent!

Witch Doctor dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and powerful, as The Madeira often are. "Witch Doctor" sounds dangerous and dramatic, and features pure liquid glissandos. This is a very strong track!

El Palmero dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Open road adventure with superb drums and a very strong guitar melody. "El Palmero" is a splendid track, with some double picked lines, and many engaging string swipes and chokes. A bit of Spanish flair is here too. The energy here is infectious!

Wonderman from Initio dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast, sometimes double picked, dramatic, and very adventurous. "Wonderman from Initio" has a sense of classical Spanish melody, with surf guitar and racing drums. This is a splendid track!

North Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wonderful muted rhythm guitar on the right, chords and tremolo on the left, and pure surf tone in the center in a classic Astronauts arrangements. The bass is excellent, and the drums rip in the break. "North Swell" is a splendid track with a very cool melody.

The Khazar dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama and splash in this busy guitar exercise in Russian themes. "The Khazar" is a fanciful and exciting piece of music dripping surf from every corner. It's very adventurous and fun.

Estratosfera dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Powerful muted surf rhythm writhes in support of splendid guitar lines and a tuff rhythm section. A fine melody, dramatic production, and infectious energy. "Estratosfera" grows on you.

Momentium dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Crunchy and open road adventurous, with a vacation on the map. "Momentium" has a sunny disposition. Great whammy chords and drums. The arrangement works really well - beefy without being invasive. I like this.

Sea Of Glory dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sea Of Glory" is a track with a catchy traveling feeling. The rich tone and superb muted notes, along with the dribbled double picked lines, and the original and very likable melody line really make this shine. It gets finished off with glorious whammy chords, and then it grows on you! Very cool!