Recently the surf radio show Heads Up! with Carmen Ghia put on a monster 11-band showcase of Seattle's surf/instro groups. On that roster was a band called Via Combusta, who have been playing Seattle surf shows for a while but seem largely unknown outside their home turf (and was certainly unknown to me). This 7" was slated for a release this fall, but waddaya know, they were ready to go earlier than expected, which is seemingly never the case these days. I think they deserve a little attention.
It's time to take that yearly trip over to the west coast for the premiere Surf festival in the US: The Surfguitar101 Convention. After a nice day on the El Segundo Beach, a nice meet & greet, and a warm-up at The Purple Orchid on Friday, I woke up Saturday ready for a day immersed in surf music.
I learned from past experience that I should have cash in-hand and show up at least an hour early. I took a half-second to behold the strange and wonderful sight of the Alpine Lodge, and proceeded inside where I paid my admission to familiar friendly faces.
Mach Kung Fu - Wailin' (The Fabulous Mach Kung Fu)
Bitch Boys - Wave Chasers (In Heat)
C.C. Adcock - beaux's bounce (c.c. adcock)
Los Galerna - Como Pica Esta Arena (Sangre en el Atlántico)
The Arousers - Blow Back (Princes of Penetration)
The Pulltones - Storm Fisherman (Storm Fisherman)
Centochitarre - Gemini (Centochitarre)
The Ventures - Go Go Slow (Ventures A Go Go)
Duane Eddy - Jerky Jalopy (45)
The Crossfires - Inferno (Out of control)
Los Silvertons - Ternura (45)
The Seatopians - Laplace's Surf Demon (Underwater Ally)
steve rowe & the furys - Minor Chaos (Surf Age Nuggets)
The Pyronauts - Mike's Barracuda (surf and destroy)
The Surfrajettes - Party Line (Party Line/Toxic)
The Great White Caps - The Ballad of the Roach (Screech Beach)
The Exploitations - Sunbeam Rock (Reverb Classicks)
Dick Dale & his del-tones - Shake & Stomp (surfer's choice)
The Mockers - Madalena (Sleazy Surf)
The Surfmen - Ghost Hop (45)
The Ventures - Tall Cool One (45)
The Shelltones - Blue Castaway (Technicolor Paradise)
The Tornados - Earthy (45)
In 2015 Los Freneticos’ album El Sonido Que Perdura was anointed with my Gremmy award for best Trad Surf record of the year (man, I was playing fast and loose with the word "trad" then...). It’s a record that bursts with energy, exuberance and playfulness. Teletransportacion is the follow-up to that record, and though it keeps much of the same sound, it chooses a different style. If El Sonido Que Perdura is an action-packed Saturday afternoon in the sun, Teletransportacion is Sunday at the same spot, cold drink in hand.
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