On this, their debut CD The Dillengers take guitar instrumental music to a whole new level with their own special brand of Punked-Out-Camp and Sci-Fi-Soul. The band has been considered one of the best in South Florida since their appearance on the scene back in 1998. Says Rick: "We're old pals; we had all bounced around in bar bands and garage bands, playing together in different forms. Got tired of playing popular garbage and decided to just play what we wanted... country, punk, rockabilly, blues, surf, speed-metal polkas and the occasional cha-cha."
The tunes on Instro-Mania approach you like Leone's "man with no name"...adorned in the classic poncho... baggies, and a 1964 Strat decorating his back and neck, with a six gun in one hand, and board wax in the other. The track list itself reads like an evening at a sixties revival theatre after a trip to your favorite used vinyl shop. When asked what role sixties film culture played in their music, movies like "Goldfinger", "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", and "The Magnificent Seven", Rick replied, "A big part of our concept is 60's influenced. The impact of the music in those movies I think is every bit as important as the imagery. Guys like Henry Mancini, John Barry and Ennio Morricone are just as influential in the scheme of 60's music as The Beatles or Brian Wilson."
Instro-Mania Opens with a Duane Eddy meets Booker T. treatment of the original tune "Dirtbag", followed by a version of "Penetration" that conjures up sweet visions of the Raybeats in outer-space. Goldfinger lays back like some Cool-Hand Luke caught up in a John Berry daydream while the fierce tone of "Rumble" would make Link himself sweat and twitch. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" drifts in like a high-tide-lonesome prayer in an old west Italian Saloon. While "Harlem Nocturne" chimes out its haunting melody with flawless tone and precision, "Apache" remains a perfect statement and tribute to the genius of The Shadows and the impact that they've had on instrumental guitar music on every level. The second original Dillengers tune, "Astrosurfin'" combines cheesy organ with massive twang and an infectious surf/ska beat. Elmer Bernstein's classic "The Magnificent Seven" (from the film by the same name) is spun into a mod western-surf anthem. The CD ends with a reverberating swing as The Dillengers put their signature on the Duane Eddy classic "Rebel Rouser".