Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Sounds From The Inside (Vol. 2)
|This second in the series CD is quite different than the first. It has one fatal flaw. It was mastered out of phase. If you have a CD-R writer, and music editor software, you can correct the phase reversal and rewrite it, eliminating the thin and annoying sound. Some of these bands are new to the market, some are not. As with the first CD in the series, some are instro, some are vocal. So, highly desirable, but unlistenable without countermanding the phase reversal.|
Picks: The Daytonas - The Coffin, Pollo Del Mar - Gate', 2314-B, The Reventlos - Death Of A Reventlo, The Sandblasters - Naked Piranha, Splashback - Mrs. Moto, Forever Gremmy, Sprayface - Stun Mullen, Sand Crabs, Fistful Of Sand, The Surf Raiders - Long Boards At San Onofre, Surfzone - Lance Carson (a.k.a. Hot Rod Angel), Susan and the SurfTones - Spanish Wave
Track by Track Review
The Daytonas - The Coffin
"The Coffin" opens with wind and a distant clock striking twelve. The surf rhythm pops right in. The negative is the voicings, much the same as the Swamis used in "Moon Buggy." Musically, it's a pretty derivative middle eastern theme, but still is infectious and pretty cool. The sound is marginal, but the band delivers a fun surf track here.
Exotic Monk-chant Surf (Instrumental)
The monks chant... Then, one of the coolest surf-n-ska melody grinders ever hauls you down the highway. One of my long time favorite PDM songs. Melodic, and quirky, and the ska section is just too infectious!
This song goes back to 1966 and a band called Sidetrack whose "Baby" album was almost issued by Elektra. It has wonderful jazzy progressions and chords, and an infectious melody. Amazing, and amazingly different from the original.
The Reventlos - Death Of A Reventlo
Death Surf riseth! A new and viable concept finds acceptance in the guise of splendidly dark and twisted necrosurf. The most amazing blend of death metal sensibility and surf foundations works really well here.
The Sandblasters - Naked Piranha
Latin Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)
The track is tribal, rhythmic, Spanish flavored, exotic, mysterious, and full of changes. The sound of the band is urgent, fluid, powerful, and interesting. This song has power, big twang, drama, and a fine melody and structure. Big Spanish feel with lot's of guitar filigrees. I like it more each time I hear it. "Naked Piranha" is a very VERY dark track, with huge grode guitars issuing up low-E comin'-to-getcha chords. Cool!
The Seventh Wave - The Seventh Wave
The lead is too low in the mix, and the track is rather pedestrian. It completely failed the memorable test. It is rhythmic, sports some nice changes, a bit of chunk, and a decent melody line. It has a certain likability, even though it doesn't seem to stand out from the pack much. I found myself enjoying, just not coming back to it.
This is a most unusual surf tune. It has a punchy introduction, and big tones. It's a great tune to drive down 101 on a summer's day to. This is an early mix of the title track from their debut album. Very cool indeed!
Splashback - Forever Gremmy
Not as interesting as "Mrs. Moto" and not well produced at all. Still, it has a charm that sticks with you, and the writing is good. I've watched this band go from timid and average to really good these days. If you can see them, do so. The recent remixes/retakes of these two tracks targeted at a CD are much better, and promise to capture your heart and soul.
Aggressive Whammy Surf (Instrumental)
Named after the legendary drink of choice among the beach-bum slime balls that inhabit Connie Stevens' bar in the Back To The Beach parody, this track is intense and powerful. The long sustain and compression on the lead guitar create a modern almost western feel to this highly surf-worthy tune. It has a lot of energy, and even more intensity. Fine whammies and solid changes keep it going.
Aggressive Surf (Instrumental)
Southwest cactus and twang sounds, a mid tempo moody tune, and chunky edge render this a solid track, even though its melody is just barely beyond a progression. It's intense, but more relentless then enticing. It is not as cool as the other track here, but it is quite listenable.
Sprayface - Fistful Of Sand
Western Surf (Instrumental)
Cowboy surf chunk abounds in this romp in the coral of sharks. Its main focus is its rhythm, but it is very fun to listen to. Mostly chunka chunka percussive, and not very melodic. Some intense eighties guitar heroisms in the break separate it from the pack. They are both out of place and perfectly placed... very interesting contradiction.
The Surfaholics - Smells Like Surfana
Riff Rock (Instrumental)
This just doesn't go anywhere. From the title, I expected something special. The rhythmic nature of the track was enticing at the beginning, but the developing song just never gets past the starting point, and is devoid of anything that might pass for a melody. Little more than a vocal backtrack, it just seems to go on ad infinitum. Sorry, but it's really quite disappointing.
The Surf Raiders - Long Boards At San Onofre
One of surfdom's most memorable quiet lagoon songs. I've played this a million times on Surf's Up! This original is precisely what the doctor ordered. Very cool.
Surfzone - Lance Carson (a.k.a. Hot Rod Angel)
A really marginal mix that places the sax way too loud and the guitar buried hampers what is otherwise a nice track. The bass is too thin, but this is a quirky cool melody. Very likable and infectious. Intense trad stylings accented with sax, with piercing guitar tones not unlike the Surf Coasters, but only in tonality. The track is minimally melodic number with nice glissandos, classy sax growling, and dark ally danger. More a riff than a song.
Susan and the SurfTones - Spanish Wave
"Spanish Wave" sports a Spanish feel, a nice melody line, and plenty of infectious energy. This is the highlight of the CD for me. It's the track I come back to.