I’m thinking this post will be “today” in Australia, but the fManly Festival starts tomorrow for those of us in the U.S. The is the debut of this surfing festival, which is actually not a music festival, but an actual surfing festival. However, surfer or not, the music will be a draw for surf music [...]
We’ve got a new surf radio station for you to check out on Last.FM. We’ve added a whole bunch of surf bands, especially current bands. It turned out to be a really cool station when I listened. So head over here: SurfGuitar.com’s Last.FM surf radio station And click this button: Enjoy – and let us [...]
Sometimes when listening to a band, I wonder if it qualifies as “surf music.” So we’re going to try and answer the question of “what is surf music” here. We’ll start with a look from ye old Wikipedia for a definition: Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture, particularly Orange [...]
Today’s Surf Guitar interview is with The Ghastly Ones, a very popular surf band from Van Nuys, CA. These guys are awesome. With song themes revolving around monster movies and graveyards, it is very easy to describe their music as spooky. I love their devotion to surf ideals: awesome gear, awesome tone and references to monsters, planets and werewolves. Well, maybe not every surf band writes about werewolves, but we think all surf bands should consider it!
Today’s surf band interview is with the Secret Samurai. They are a 3-piece instrumental surf band from San Diego, CA. They are just coming off a recent tour, so we caught them at a great time. By the way, they recently played a show at San Francisco’s Hotel Utah with top surf bands Daikaiju, Pollo Del Mar and the TomorrowMen. I would have loved to see that show!
For our next interview, we present The Malamondos from Greensboro, NC. I really like these guys. They definitely have that surf vibe, but there is also a nice dose of psychobilly attitude in their sound as well. And the guitar tones are killer! The Malamondos also have a badass vocalist (Hunny Goodnight), and they play a self-described ‘psycho-a-go-go’ style of music. Check them out if you find yourself in North Carolina.
We are beginning a series of interviews with surf bands. Our first interview is with Astrochrist from Dallas, TX. Check it out now! Here even!
The Surf Coasters are an exciting Japanese surf band. Check out their rock version of “Flight of the Bumblebee” below:
The Ventures are one of the classic surf bands, and “Walk Don’t Run” is one of the most classic surf songs. Because of the lasting popularity of the song, it’s one that’s been covered numerous times. Below are a few covers of “Walk Don’t Run” that I found worth a listen… Here’s the original if [...]
The band of the week is a great group called the Vanduras. It reminds me of Vandelay Industries, so that’s already a good start. The only album the Vanduras appear to have released was 2002′s In The Dark. The music is composed and most instruments played by father & son Geoff Brandin and Gary Brandin. The [...]