Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Pollo Del Mar - Unified Wave Theory
|This cassette release ended up acting like the prototype for their spectacular The Ocean Is Not For Cowards CD. Many titles are the same, some different takes or mixes, others live, and it is spiced up with different live recordings from KFJC. This band has such a unique vision, merging the angular thinking of Frank Zappa with the jazz leanings of Charles Lloyd and the desert guitar duels of the Insect Surfers with traditional surf, and those are just the recognizable influences. This is quite original, and instantly endearing.|
Picks: Teleport, Insecticide, Snow Crash, [Quest Of The] Pearl Diver, Erik Estrada, Gate', Night Sticks, Mr. Moto, 2314-B, You Can Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, Route 666, As Above, So Below
Track by Track Review
Surfin' the space continuum with a jazzy edgy duel between Jono's & Ferenc's guitars. It conjures images of a battle scene on a small blue planet near Aldebaran. The structure of the song and the grand glissandoes speak volumes about adventure and challenge. Phasers on stun - NOT! This is for keeps!
Written in honor to the Insect Surfers, this masterful track features Pollo Del Mar's trademark dueling guitars, something the Insects also widely use. The guitars are intense, and the desert mysteriously appears in your mind's eye as you bath in the soundscape. Gettin' air off a snowboard racing down a sand dune just barely avoiding the major scuffing a wipe out would deliver. Wow!
My all time fave from their early days... it has lots of energy, a mountainous feel, and a very sophisticated structure. Love it.
[Quest Of The] Pearl Diver
A taste of feedback - a huge howling actually, and tons of edge. It rocks majorly, gives you a taste of the power they have when they let loose. A huge track.
What a smooth and romantic track. The intro just simply shimmers. Eventually it yields to a few speedier flourishes, but mostly, it's just simply gorgeous. Quiet evening mood music for sure. When Jono break into the exclamatory emotional peon to Erik Estrada in Spanish, it is enough to bring tears to your eyes, and when they all join in the chorus, well, it's like watching UniVision on a hot summer afternoon with the Miami / Cuban dancers kicking up a storm. Totally cool tune! Almost entirely instrumental.
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!
Night Stick has many cool filigrees and feedback howls over a throbbing rhythm. Chunky, rhythmic, melodic, dramatic, and infectious. This is a very enjoyable track, with an edge and chop that calls to you.
This track was recorded live at KFJC. It's a cover of Paul Johnson's classic early surf tune, and the performance is strong and inventive. There are a couple of errors, but then it is live and they were mighty excited to be on the radio for the first time.
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.
You Can Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
This Frank Zappa song is totally cool, with it's jazzy surfified slither and quirky rhythms. Edgy and bitchin' to the max.
Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Power slamming through the Broadway classic turned surf fave via the Ventures, PDM deliver a strong, if flawed performance, infectious with energy and assaultive style. Fine listening, errors and all. Live from KFJC.
Only slightly related to the TV theme, this is a fine original, with a rhythm dominated nature, and a good balance between the two guitars. Solid. Live from KFJC.
A very pretty track, slow, melodic as all get-out, and well,delivered. I like this almost as well as later compositions, but find it's developmental edge to be quite endearing.