Category Archives: Surf Rock

Shilpa Ray’s Garage rock on “Door Girl” LP – New video “EMT Police and Fire Department” OUT!

Brooklyn based musician Shilpa Ray delivers firing gritty Garage, Rock ‘n Roll and now and then some soul filled ballads. They describe her as a wailing, fire breathing Cyclops. She tornadoes everything in her path: small towns, big cities, and children’s dreams. Shilpa Ray will release her LP “Door Girl on  September 22nd, 2017.

Shilpa Ray: Nick Cave to Screamin’Jay Hawkins

Over the years Shilpa Ray performed alongside many notable artists like Nick Cave, who is one of her biggest fans, and Patti Smith. Her sound is a mix of the Cramps, Blondie and also Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Her soul ballads may remind you of Nina Simone.

LP “Door Girl” Out this September!

Now she is about to release a new LP called “Door Girl” on northernspyrecords. A first impression is already given in the name of “EMT Police and Fire Department”. I’m Looking forward hearing more of  this album!

Shilpa Ray “EMT Police and the Fire Department” 

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LISTEN: Preview of “Desert Center” Guantanamo Baywatch’s new album

The Surf rockers from Guantanamo Baywatch are set to release a new album called Desert Center this August. The garage fueled surf rock of this Portland based band has made many people enthusiastic over the years. I’m sure Desert Center is a new shout out for the fine gritty surf sound we like so much.

Over the last few days, more and more sneak previews of this album are released on the internet. At first sight, my favorites anyway are “Area 69”  a song that kicks off faster than a speed train and “Blame Myself” which is a ballad Guantanamo Baywatch style.  Last but not least ” Video”  where the edgy basslines really dig deep. 

“Bassist Chevelle Wiseman drives the tune with a thick, throbbing riff while drummer Chris Scott ruthlessly pounds his kit with a crashing clarity”

Guantánamo Baywatch’ blazing nuggets

The band describes the sound of Desert Center pretty nice: “It’s an inadvertent juxtaposition maintained through the entirety of Desert Center, with blazing instrumental nuggets like “The Scavenger” alternating with the proto-grunge and golden oldies mash-up of a track like “Blame Myself.“

 Desert Center on Suicide Squeeze Records

Guantánamo Baywatch’ released their previous album Darling… It’s Too Late, in 2015. Now we are ready for Desert Center which will be released on the Seattle based Suicide Squeeze Records. This album retains the “raw aesthetics of a Hasil Adkins single, but has the added heft and thump afforded by a modern studio”.
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San Diego based The Frights delivering catchy but aggressive Surf Garage Rock

They Hail from San Diego and describe their music as “a hormonally charged garage-surf-punk mess of driving rhythms and reverb-drenched riffs with 50’s rockabilly references as fresh as the faces of this San Diego band”. The Frights deliver catchy songs the more you listen.

The Frights try to mix elements of surf, classic punk, and doo-wop. This  mixed drink of genres results in a catchy but aggressive sound, and how they self-describe “playfully ridiculous all at once.”

From The Misfits to Buddy Holly

Out of your speakers, this sounds like a collaboration of bands like The Misfits, Dick Dale, Buddy Holly and Joe Liggins. Especially the fifties Rock ‘n Roll and Doo Wop influences are pretty well composed.

In their lyrics, you’ll find themes like love,  and all the desire to have a better life. Like in old 50s cruising Rock ‘n Roll songs you listen in your car on a Sunny day, the Frights let you get a smile out of these songs.

The Frights formed in 2012 as a time-killer project

The Frights were formed in 2012 by lead vocalist/guitarist Mikey Carnevale, bassist Richard Dotson, and drummer Adam Lomnitzer as a simple time-killer project following the trio’s graduation from high school.

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SEE: INVSN’ new Song “This Constant War” from their forthcoming LP, The Beautiful Stories

INVSN hails from the more isolated parts of northern Sweden.These five friends dabble in post-punk/dystopic pop or some brand of alternative rock music. Think of the New Wave punk bands of the eighties mixed with garage from the 21st century and you’ll get a taste of their sound. This month they will release their forthcoming LP. The Beautiful Stories  on  Dine Alone Records, June nine.

Single “This Constant War” by INVSN

Their First single “This Constant War” utilizes a militia of percussion that invokes the feeling of persistence. A prod and a push to keep going especially in times of public and private turmoil – INVSN continues to create music that inspires the mind, body and punk soul.


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Influential all-women Garage band the Pleasure Seekers – “Never Thought You’d Leave Me”

Back in the sixties, there was a sub-culture of several garage band in Detroit. One of these bands were the Pleasure Seekers, an all-women band containing sister  Suzi Quatro and Patti Quatro, Nancy Ball, Mary Lou Ball, and Diane Baker.

First Pleasure Seekers Album in 1965

The Pleasure Seekers released their first record in 1965, when Suzi Quatro and her sister Patti Quatro were 15 and 17 years old, respectively, on the Hideout label. Both sides of their first single – “Never Thought You’d Leave Me” b/w “What a Way to Die” – have some prominence;

“Never Thought You’d Leave Me” is really a great song. You’ve got to dig the surf and alternative grooves these girls deliver. Especially the fact these girls were only fifteen and seventeen years old really amazes me. The red thread in this song is the harmonic guitar lick which keeps returning throughout the song.

Watch The Pleasure Seekers Video “Never Thought You’d Leave Me” below!

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