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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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The Live Rock’n’Roll Soul Surf Show: The Dustaphonics

London based the Dustaphonics are not an average band. It all began when actress Tura Satana, who you might know from the ’65 cult classic Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, asked DJ Healer Selecta aka Yvan Serrano to create some music for her new movie. So it happened “Healer Selecta’s Live Rock’n’Roll Soul Surf show”, Dustaphonics, was born.

Not a Traditional band: The Dustaphonics

The Dustaphonics is not a band in the traditional sense; instead, it is composed of founder bandleader, music director & producer Yvan Serrano, who selects and assembles a specific rotating line-up of London-based talented singers. This results in the diverse sound from Surf, to Rhythm and Blues and from Garage to Soul.

THE DUSTAPHONICS: Tura Satana Faster Pussycat Kill KIll

But above all, the Dustaphonics will let you dance to the best surf beats and swinging Rhythms. Think of bands like The Excitements, Guantánamo Baywatch and the Blueswater to get an idea of their sound.

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Surf and Roll on two albums: Las Chicas Del Bombón

Surf and Roll on two albums: Las Chicas Del Bombón

They are an edgy Surf and Roll band hailin’ from San Pedro, California and definitely make their musical entrance in style. Bombón throws  steady rhythms at us, DIY punk screams and dreamy guitar riffs which let the sixties Surf Rock revive.  They are unique in the sense of mixing  Surf, Rock’n Roll and Punk sounds in an enjoyable long drink called Las Chicas Del Bombón.

This three-piece band consist of Angela Ramos, Paloma Bañuelos, and Jerico Campbell and started playing in 2009. These girls have released two album Las Chicas Del Bombón LP” in 2013 and “A Date with Bombón” in 2015.

Sounds like: Dustie and Black Tie | Dick Dale and his Del-Tones | Guantanamo Baywatch

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Revival of the 1970s New York Cult Garage & Surf from Fear City

Revival of the 1970s New York Cult Garage & Surf from Fear City

Fear City is a musical collaboration started by guitarist Rory Fortune (formally of The Infrareds) and bassist Marlon Sporer (formally of The Occasion). Initially the duo was drawn together by their mutual interests in Surf Rock, Link Wray and Davie Allan but through the process of songwriting developed a broader creative scope.

Fear City brings us a pretty awesome instrumental album with kick ass guitar tunes in the tradition of Link Wray and Dick Dale, but  don’t be fooled they do know how to keep their sound unique. You will hear that in the noise, the heavy grooves and variations. Try to listen ‘Big Slab’  and ‘Fast Getaway’ to get this vibe.

Sounds like: Link Wray | Dick Dale | Hound Dog Taylor | Guantanamo Baywatch | The Cramps

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