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What's New in Surf Music?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Paul in Colorado, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    Maybe it's because it's the first day of spring, but I've got the bug to start a surf band. I'm not stuck on doing only '60's instrumentals, so I was wondering what's up in modern surf bands. Who should I check out? I like the Van Duras and Blue Hawaiians. I take inspiration from Fender Fan's groovy little combo "The Royal Aces."

    What's happening musically where the ocean meets the shore on a moon lit night?

  2. Southpaw Tele

    Southpaw Tele Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 30, 2008
    The Golden State
    I love Los Twang Marvels. Great band!

  3. raito

    raito Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
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  4. acoustic rob

    acoustic rob Tele-Holic

    Oct 27, 2010
    Houston, TX
    This is from a few years back, but there's a band called La Luz out of Seattle that I really like. Fender guitars, organ solos, four-part harmonies, and lots of reverb. Who could ask for anything more?

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  5. KCJonez

    KCJonez Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Feb 3, 2011
    The Sadies from Toronto are killer. Very surfy and great songwriters, too.(and there's even a telecaster in the mix)

  6. falcon5romeo

    falcon5romeo Tele-Holic

    Dec 15, 2015
    Lehigh Valley
    LES AGAMEMNONZ! Some of the best stuff I've heard in a long time. They're from Greece and wear togas onstage :)
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  7. 68tele

    68tele Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 26, 2003
    East Northport NY
    Not new, but from this decade: Slacktone...

  8. RoyalBaby

    RoyalBaby Tele-Meister

    Jul 23, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    Los Straitjackets are fun if maybe not that new.
    Messer Chups are a Russian surf band with a neat line in goth horror.
    The Bambi Molesters from Croatia have been around for twenty years and are sort of serious surf.
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  9. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 27, 2016
    The Coffin Daggers?
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  10. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 27, 2016
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  11. mherrcat

    mherrcat Tele-Holic

    Dec 12, 2013
    There is an Australian band called "The Atlantics" that do a lot of original surf tunes. They used to have a book of sheet music and accompanying backing tracks for sale; not sure if they still do. I bought it several years ago.

    The Vanduras and Blue Hawaiians are great. Gary Brandin on steel guitar. (Although I don't think he was in the original iteration of the band, so he might not be on all BH tracks.) I think the only Vanduras CD is "In the Dark," and I believe all instruments, possibly with exception of drums, were played by Gary and his son. Not sure if the Blue Hawaiians are still playing regularly in the LA area.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017

  12. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I got to know Gary through the Blue Hawaiians. He sent me the Vanduras CD. Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone.

  13. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    +1 on all La Luz and Coffin Daggers (and Sadies, but never saw them as 'surf', mo' turf). Mix in Trashwomen to taste (not new, I admit).

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  14. drlucky

    drlucky Tele-Meister

    Jun 19, 2012
    Fresno, Ca
    From a couple years back..


  15. Coach56

    Coach56 One of the Boys

    Aug 16, 2013
    Oak Park, IL
    Blue Stingrays which is one of Mike Campbell's side projects is quite good even if somewhat overproduced. I am a fan of Aqua Velvets as well as some of the more traditional bands like the Bambi Molesters or the Eliminators.

    Surf101 is the site to visit for surf. Fenders rule over there, although not Teles so much.

  16. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    I think modern surfers across the globe will listen to any/all kind of music these days....:lol:

    cowabunga dudes...:twisted:

  17. jdgladw

    jdgladw TDPRI Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Denver, CO
    The Trashwomen! Man they were a lot of fun. Some of the other bands at the time on Estrus would also fit in the 'not new but...' category like Satan's Pilgrims, Impala, Phantom Surfers and Man or Astroman?

    For something new, you could go with the John Reis (from Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From the Crypt, etc.) and Blind Shake team-up from last year titled Modern Surf Classics:

    or maybe Pounded by the Surf from 2015:


  18. horax

    horax Tele-Holic

    Jul 1, 2011
    colorado springs
    Where are you in Colorado?
    I've been trying to start a surf band here for YEARS!

    used to play in one in Denver, but I"m from colorado springs...not much surf action down here.

    I'd love to get together and play.

    I like the Bambi Molesters, but also check out the Insect Surfers...dude plays an SG Custom!


  19. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I'm up in Fort Collins, horax. I saw a paddleboard on the top of a passing car today and my first thought was "Why would someone have a longboard on their car here?" I guess I'm still a Californian in my soul.

    Check out the Royal Aces sometime if you get up to Denver. One of my favorite local bands that I don't get down to see often enough!
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