SURF CURSE brings us scenic soundscapes built on surf drum beats and catchy guitar riffs. Hailing from Reno, Nevada their music expresses themes of “young and romantic love”, as they tell us on their website. What started as a basement project between Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck is six years later a successful band. in 2017 they released their latest album Nothing Yet, which contains beautiful songs about life and love.
Hailing from the Bay Area The Young Barons are a Surf band made up of 3 Teenagers hell-bent on keeping Rock n Roll alive. These young guys seem to achieve that goal easily as they bring catchy and traditional surf that groove like the sixties surf bands they are inspired by. They recently released their debut album “Bitchin'”.
The Jaded Juice Riders are a surf rock band hailing from California. This October they released a new album Bowl Cut on Spirit Goth Records. Two songs are already brought out: ‘Deathsurf” and “Mr. Psycho”. This band really takes their song off full-throttle with powerful surf guitar riffs in style of the Dead Ghosts and Dick Dale and his Deltones.
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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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.
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.
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!
“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