“Actually total badass” Guantanamo Baywatch’ Surf Rock n Roll
In the tradition of Dick Dale and his Del-Tones and bands like The Sonics the three members of Portland based band Guantanamo Baywatch are bringing raw edged Garage and Surf sounds to us. With tours in the US, Europe and Australia they are delivering surf music around the world.
Guantanamo Baywatch bring a lot of real Rock ‘n Roll with their music and that is especially these days a welcome gift. Their songs are filled with kick ass guitar riffs that remind you of Dick Dale and other surf guitarist. The vocals and lyrics are raw, gritty and humorous.
Sounds Like: Dick Dale | The Sonics | Dead Ghosts | The Reverend Horton Heat | The Cramps
Mix Garage, Surf, Rockabilly, Punk and a little bit of Rhythm and Blues into a Rock ‘n Roll blender and you will come close to the sound of Dead Ghosts from Vancouver, Canada. Their strength lays in it seems the ease they play their songs with. Over the Years they released several albums of which their latest “Love And Death And All The Rest” .
On their bandpage’s you will read that Dead Ghosts have a “Rauchy lo-fi recording style, country-esque vibes, “sweet guitar pluck-and-jangle,” driving rhythms, and the occasional Back From The Grave feel is the basic make up of their songs”.
It’s Up To You, Can’t Get No and Rat Race
Their songs are very well arranged. “It’s Up To You” Is a perfect example of Dead Ghosts music. The raw vocals and the sixties guitar match perfectly, above that all you will find a groove that fits summer and surfing times. Think of bands like the Surftones, Duane Eddy and Dick Dale.
“Can’t Get No” is the title track of their similar album released in 2013. this song is as fast as a highspeed train and contains some killer guitar riffs. “Rat Race” contains some of the finest melodies you will find in lyrics nowadays. Listen below and experience for yourself! This songs brings a feelgood groove to you livingroom, bar, car or porch and the only thing I experienced was the disappointment this song ended so quick.
Other songs worth listening are “Roky Said”, “I Wan’t You Back” and “When It Comes To You”, which is remarkable or the leading guitar riff. But above that all you will find soulful melodic vocals built on a standard rock ‘n roll Riff.
I hope you get the feeling, the Dead Ghosts bring a fresh garage groove to modern Rock ‘n Roll and that is what we really need more. I like that they blend the great sound of sixties Garage, Surf and Rock into a new sound and I’m looking forward hearing more on vinyl from this band.
Photo Credit: Album cover of Love And Death And All The Rest by DEAD GHOSTS. Credit to Dead Ghosts and the designer of the cover.