Category Archives: Surf Rock

Tokyo based Dusty & Black Tie – Loud Punk Blues / Rock and Roll

Tokyo based Dusty & Black Tie – Loud Punk Blues / Rock and Roll

They bring Garage Rock and Roll and hail from Tokyo in Japan. Their music reminds you of The Cramps, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Dick Dale: Dustie & Black Tie is a gritty and raw band that uses Blues and Rock ‘n Roll to make some fine sounding rock music.

Although there is less information about Dusty & Black Tie, their music is everywhere. Dustie brings fine Rock ‘ n Roll rolled into a Punk Burrito.  “Daddy and Bunny” is a song based on a tight rhythm and blues rhythm. The vocals are primitive and powelful, the groove is fast!

Rock and Roll Gangster I & II

“I Wanna Rock”  Is a surf and rockabilly style song built on a 12 bar blues scheme.  Another song “Pimp Zigzag” Is best be described as a Jungle. This song rocks out and contain some catchy guitar and vocals by Miss Dusty & Black Tie.  Dusty & Black Tie released two albums in 2013 called Rock and Roll Gangster I and Rock and Roll Gangster II.

Sounds Like: The Cramps | Dick Dale | Screamin’ Jay Hawkins | John Spencer Blues Explosion

Photo Credit: Album cover Rock and Roll Gangster I, credits to Dusty & Black Tie and the original designer

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Dick Dale And his Del-Tones: The Surfers Choice

Dick Dale Surfers Choice Black Bull Blues

Surfers Choice, Dick Dale’s  debut album

In 1962 Dick Dale and his Del-Tones released the ground breaking album ‘Surfers Choice’ which realised a tsunami in the world of Rock ‘n Roll and Surf. The album quickly sold 75,000 copies in Southern California. The succes of Dale was compared to other legendary musician in the March 1963 Billboard magazine issue: “The only comparison between Dick Dale and the early Presley or Sinatra is the ferocious loyalty of his fans”, relating the succes of Dick Dale to the explosions Sinatra and Presley accomplished among young fans.

Let’s Go Trippin and Shake n Stomp

This album features a mix of rock ‘n roll, garage and surf songs. In “Let’s go Trippin'”, which is considered the first ever Surf Rock song, you hear a mix trumpet based rock ‘n roll and rhythmic beats in the style of Bo Diddley. “Shake n Stomp” is an instrumental song that can be seen as a surf classic remarkable for the high reverb and fast guitar riff.

Dick Dale Invented Surf Rock Music

According to Dick Dale’s website he invented surf music in the 1950’s. Not the ’60’s as is commonly believed. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down.

Dick Dale formed his band at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa and performed there for two solid years.

He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier Guru and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, he was watching Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards, Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.

“A Dick Dale audience at first glance, might seem like any crowd of highly enthisiastic young people. But when you look closely, you notice an amazing difference. They are actually well behaved!”

– Billboard Magazine 1963 –

Dick Dale Virtual Museum

Find, read, listen and see more about Dick Dale on his website and take a look around at the Virtual Museum. you’ll find a whole lot of great stuff!

Dick Dale on the music business

Dick Dale – Surfin’ Swingin’/Misirlou/Wedge Live 1963

Let’s Go Trippin’


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Full of darkness, smoke and whiskey Protopunk-Blues of The Jake Wood

Full of darkness, smoke and whiskey Protopunk-Blues of The Jake Wood

Pack your bags and move fast for the next flight to Russia cause in a couple of days you will be able to see the  siberian garage-protopunk-blues of Russian band The Jake Wood. This trio is mostly famous by their powerfull and unpredictable live performances. The Jake Wood is a synonymous for rough, full of darkness, smoke and whiskey.

Hailing from Russia since 2011

The Jake Wood brings rhythmic mechanical beats, bluesy guitar riffs and straight forward lyrics. Since their formation in 2011 they released several recordings including two LP’s. “Jake Wood” their first LP recorded in Tomsk was released in December 2012. This album contains songs like “One More New Pleasure”, which is a slow swamp blues kind of song with here and there some psychedelic influences.

Second LP the Jake Wood – DEUS

The second LP Deus was released 2014 October. Song like “Back tonight” start with a blues feeling groove. Especially the guitar riff brings that rhytmic blues feeling I like. Later this song turns into the protopunk trademark style of The Jake Wood. You hear this through everything, including the wildromance vocals.

Conquering stages around the world

Over the years this trio conquered stages around the world including The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Cinema for peace (Berlin) and the most popular festivals of Russia. Also, The Jack Wood have collaborated with famous musicians like Richard Hell, Lenny Kaye, Mark Ribot, Nick Zinner, Pussy Riot and Le Tigre in New York.

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Photo Credit: Cover picture The Jake Wood Facebook, credits to the original photographer and  the Jake Wood

The Jake Wood – Lustful Wolf

The Jake Wood – One More New Pleasur

The Jake Wood – Black Tonight

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