Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Off The Deep End
|Lots of very cool tracks here on this compilation from Deep Eddy. Some have been released before, others surface for the first time. This is a totally solid comp!|
Picks: The Barbarellatones - Gnarlie, Blue Wave Theory - Skyhawk Beach, The Clams - International Clam Of Mystery, The Cocktail Preachers - Kika Melokia, Go! Tsunami - Camel Toe, The Insanitizers - Squid Chase, Jonnie Dog and the Dingos - Three Martini Launch, Gil McLean - Revenge Of The Rickenbackers, The Nematoads - Johnny Turbo:Spy Car Mechanic, The Neptones - Planet Of Surf, North Of Malibu - Leningrad Hodad, The Oranglers - Aces And Eights, The Pyronauts - Cal-Tiki, Burt Rocket - Savage Iceland, Space Party - Gumshoe, Spy-Fi - Herb, Sunglasses and Mushrooms - Porpie, Los SuperAvengers - Lydia, The Supertones - Bongorama, The Surf Zombies - I Fell In Love With A Teenage Vampire, 3 Balls Of Fire - Wild Fire, Witches In Bikinis - Rhumbazoid
Track by Track Review
The Barbarellatones - Gnarlie
"Gnarlie" is a dangerously disturbed track. It's a vocal that respects no borders. The vocals are talking much in the way that the Polkaholics did in the narrative sections of "Surfin' Through The Swamp." Inspired by a long line of narrative stories set to music that began with The Velvet Underground's "The Gift," this is an unending perversion.
Blue Wave Theory - Skyhawk Beach
Big swimming whammy chords driven with echo. "Skyhawk Beach" was released in 2009 as "D'yer Moon (b)." It's a cover of Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Maker." Crunchy, modern, and short board rippin'!
The Clams - International Clam Of Mystery
Picked bass and light island chords support a slightly jazzy espionage melody. Reminiscent of parts of "The Shag-A-Delic Austin Powers Score Medley," "International Clam of Mystery" is a really fine track with a perfectly spy-spoof sound. Very enjoyable.
The Cocktail Preachers - Kika Melokia
Opening with transistor radio audio and dial changes for a few seconds, "Kika Melokia" erupts into a crystalline cruiser with laps steel in the distance and grand liquid reverb. This is one fine track!
Frat Rock Surf (Instrumental)
"Camel Toe" is a heavy surf grinder with power drums and bass thunder. The melody is cool and the performance hot. The organ is less distracting, but still too hot in the mix.
The Insanitizers - Squid Chase
"Squid Chase" is part surf, part rock instro, part adventures in relentlessness. It's hard driving and never lets up as it cycles around a melody riff.
Jonnie Dog and the Dingos - Three Martini Launch
"Three Martini Launch" is a splendid song with a pleasant holiday melody. It's very nicely arranged, features whammy chords, and gets right into your soul. Fluid and open road fun.
Gil McLean - Revenge Of The Rickenbackers
"Revenge Of The Rickenbackers" is a riff surfer with a grumbly bottom end and great drums. It's kind of spy, kind of surf. Dark and on the dangerous side.
Mister Neutron - Nor'easter
A mysterious middle eastern opening is bumped by a "Nitro"-like progression with lots of spiffy fast finger work. A bit punky, maybe even thrashy, yet as if folkrock was taken to the surf. Reminiscent of The Torpedoes in their heyday. Very cool.
The Nematoads - Johnny Turbo:Spy Car Mechanic
Surf Rock (Instrumental)
Great tom tom action and grumbly bass provide a tribal backdrop for an exotic melody line. As the horns come in, "Johnny Turbo:Spy Car Mechanic" becomes quite dramatic. Great track!
The Neptones - Planet Of Surf
Countdown... Then electro weirdness and a tick tock reverb rhythm pattern. "Planet Of Surf" is a very good track with a wholly original sound. This creeps up on you. I like it a lot.
North Of Malibu - Leningrad Hodad
Fairly heavy and dark, and then more delicate, "Leningrad Hodad" leans on the low end thunder for power. It transitions into a slow Russian line dance before returning to the pumping energy of the main riff with faster drums. As it develops, it becomes more interesting.
The Oranglers - Aces And Eights
Interesting guitar choking and percussion, with dirty distortion and a touch of Spanish melody. "Aces And Eights" is thoroughly modern, and becomes more endearing as The Oranglers morph it and torture it. Really cool!
"Cal-Tiki" sports a rippin' surf rhythm behind a chunky riff with great drums, cool whammy chords, and dribbling glissandos. Fine track!
Burt Rocket - Savage Iceland
Owing a bit to "Miserlou" in the intro, with great chords, dribbling glissandos, cool chords, and many changes. "Savage Iceland" is playful, go-go like, and driven by great drums and bass. Fast double picking, cool muted lines, and lots of energy.
Cool drums approaching "Apache" and a moody bass line carry a disturbed melody with an uneasy sound. "Gumshoe" has a back alley danger and a brooding bottom end. Very nice!
Long sustain in dirty fuzz yields to dribbling lines leaning strongly on "Moment Of Truth." Moody and romantic, with interesting ambiance and gentle sadness. I like this!
Strange But Surf - Lobster Rock
With an introduction that give rise to hope of an interesting new melody, "Lobster Rock" turns out to be just a series of stereotypical rock riffs behind too much drums.
Sunglasses and Mushrooms - Porpie
Surf Punk (Instrumental)
Dark punkoidal thrash at high speed, with thunder bass and kick, and super speed lead guitar. Occasionally psychedelic, and sporting very fast glissandos, "Porpie" rides on a broken short board. Abandon all fear!
Los SuperAvengers - Lydia
This is a lovely island number with beautiful sustain and shallow whammy chords. "Lydia" shimmers with tremolo charm and a fine melody.
The Supertones - Bongorama
Speedy sparkling double picked guitar and a ska rhythm over thundering bass and excellent drums create a gem of a surf instro. "Bongorama" is cool sounding, as in blue, and the double picked notes dribble and sparkle like the lead in The Catalinas' "Banzai Washout," but with smoother, no-fuzz tone.
The Surf Zombies - I Fell In Love With A Teenage Vampire
"I Fell In Love With A Teenage Vampire" has a splendid ringing second guitar and fuzzy lead. It has the "ring" of an era gone by. It's all about the aural wash, which is gritty and primal, and on the scary side.
3 Balls Of Fire - Wild Fire
Jet Set Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
Great dribbling reverb and a classic surf beat drive "Wild Fire." The melody is more like an MOR rework, with a classic feel of the orchestral masters of the late fifties and early sixties, plus a bit of spy. very cool!
Witches In Bikinis - Rhumbazoid
A bit of ska, a touch of big drama, and a really cool sound. "Rhumbazoid" moves with an unusual undulation. Highly original arranging! I found that this really grew on me.