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In 1963 The Atlantics were at the forefront of surf music in Australia, with their classic surf instrumental "Bombora" sitting for eight weeks at No. 1 in the Top 40 charts around Australia.
In 1999, in response to a growing demand from surf music enthusiasts around the world, The Atlantics - Peter, Jim, Bosco and new member Martin, got together in the studio for the first time in thirty years to recreate that surf pounding sound that made "Bombora" such a classic.
The result was Flight of the Surf Guitar. Featuring seventeen tracks, comprising fourteen all new originals, together with brand new recorded versions of three of their most popular songs, "The Crusher", "Rumble and Run" and of course, "Bombora."
This album has now been remixed and remastered for a new generation. It also contains 2 brand new, never released, tracks - Maroubra Beach written by Martin Cilia & Islands in the Surf written by Jim Skiathitis.
So sit back, hang five, and listen once again to the sound of . . . The Atlantics!
Greetings, friends! We are happy to announce that the new Bamboogie Injections' album "Orbit Chaos" is available now on all music platforms and our Bandcamp page! The album consists of seven instrumentals: six brand new originals plus the one as the band's version of surf-era-classic tune. Thank you!
Hello surf guitar folks. I just saw this article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and thought someone in here might be interested:
"Santa Cruz police recover $225K in stolen vintage guitars - Instruments part of $2 million Southern California burglary
SANTA CRUZ — Local police investigators played a role this week in recovering several stolen vintage guitars, part of a nearly year-old $2 million Southern California heist.
Police are continuing to investigate a Santa Cruz connection to a Marina Del Rey heist nabbing some $2 million in stolen guitars. (Santa Cruz Police Department — Contributed)
After receiving a tip from the Los Angeles Police Department, Santa Cruz Police Department detectives, with help from members of the Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Policing Team and Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team, served search warrants Tuesday at three different city locations.
Police in Southern California had already arrested several suspected burglars in August, tying them to a July burglary of some $2 million in musical equipment and personal belongings from a storage unit in Marina Del Rey. Investigators later learned that some of the stolen guitars were being sold from Santa Cruz through the online site reverb.com, a legitimate online website.
Nine stolen vintage guitars were recovered from a Delaware Avenue warehouse and two associated residences, according to Lt. Arnold Vasquez. The guitars ranged in value from $5,000 to $50,000 each, with a combined recovery total of $225,000, according to Santa Cruz police. The Santa Cruz police have made no arrests in the local case, “as it remains unclear how the stolen property came into the possession of subjects associated to the searches,” according to Vasquez."
Shoot the Pier announces a new album of ten tunes entitled Chill - written and recorded over the past year and a half during the lock down. Writing this record was our therapy during a time the world was seriously hurting. The album is important to us too, because it will be the last Shoot the Pier record for some time. Ellie gets married in two weeks on June 12th, and shortly after that heads back to the University of Edinburgh to begin her studies for a PhD in Creative Writing. In January of 2012, Ellie and I gave an interview with Cousin Mary on KFJC just after our second record was released. Mary asked Ellie what she hoped to be when she grew up. Ellie was 15, (and already a pretty good bassist and keyboardist I might add), and she told Mary she loved writing and hoped to one day be a novelist. She has always been determined to be good at whatever she does once she sets her mind.
We decided to call the album Chill because we could only write more surfchill-ish tunes during the dark period we were all experiencing. And we thought, as we all get through this, maybe everybody will just want to take a breath and chill. Some of the sections we liked in a few tunes we purposely left redundant. We were playing and really liked a section and said, "just play it again''... and we left it all in. As always, we only did a couple takes on each instrument, trying to capture what we believe to be the "early soul" (and mistakes) for all to hear. Two of our favorite tunes on the record, Swimming Naked with Amphitrite and The Ghost of Edinburgh, we just let them take us to what we think are still pretty cool places. The last tune on the record, My Spanish Lady, is a simple Spanish classical guitar piece that just came to me one night. We recorded it in about an hour, and Ellie said she wanted it to be our father/daughter dance at her wedding in two weeks. One other thing, my Spanish wife Maria played the castanets on that tune, because not even the devil himself can play the castanets without that gene.
The record is now available digitally everywhere. We didn't print CDs, because very few seem to want them anymore. We do recommend the album from our bandcamp site, if you don't have a preference. Because, I seem to constantly play with the mix and master and am able to upload the latest versions on bandcamp. But, all sites are good.
Thanks everyone for your support over the past almost twelve years. It's been a blast. We will see what the future brings. Stay safe, and much love.
Bill & Ellie Sims
Shoot the Pier
We've been busy here at Double Crown HQ, with THREE new releases over the last month - a brand new issue of the Continental Magazine, an anthology CD release by Frankie & The Pool Boys, and the third full-length release by Dutch instrumental combo The Surfaders - all available now at www.doublecrownrecords.com
The Continental Magazine - Issue #30 w/CD
Issue #30 is our latest issue - once again it features a spectacular full-color cover designed by the ever-amazing Scott of Hidden Volume Records (he did the CD art too!). In this issue we include an conversation between Ferenc Dobronyi of Pollo Del Mar (and Frankie & The Pool Boys) and Mark Klebeck of King of Hawaii, plus an exclusive interview with Mort of The Mono Men / Game For Vultures, Mel Bergman with a look on the Fender Showman, and Johnny Bartlett of The Phantom Surfers in our 20 Questions feature. PLUS there's tons of music, zine and DVD reviews. 52 pages in all - another HUGE issue! You also get a FREE 27-song CD filled with lots of great surf, instro and garage rock tunes - INCLUDING BRAND NEW SONGS BY THE PHANTOM SURFERS, POLLO DEL MAR & SECRET AGENT!!!
The Continental Magazine - Issue #30 - CT030 - $7.95 (Order From Double Crown Records)
The Continental Magazine - Three-Issue Subscription Starting With Issue #30 - CONTSUB (Order From Double Crown Records)
Frankie & The Pool Boys - The Wet Season CD (Double Crown)
With the complete selling out of the Frankie and the Pool Boys catalogue, Double Crown Records presents an anthology of songs from their first three albums. Packed with 79+ minutes and 27 songs in total, it also features four new cuts. The track list was chosen largely based on how well the songs were received in a live setting, so the selection really was decided by fans of the band.
All of the Pool Boys’ three albums (the 2008 eponymous first album, 2013’s The Adventures of Cap’n Coconuts, and the Pipeline Magazine Album of the Year for 2018, Spin The Bottle) are well represented. Of course, “Ewa on the Beach” (voted the #3 Surf Revival song by listeners of North Sea Surf Radio) is included, as are the band’s most familiar songs, “The Wet Season,”“Skinny Dippin’,”“Teke Teke Teke” and “Tan Line Fever.”
As the Pool Boys take this moment to look back at thirteen years of recording and touring, they also look forward to new music and touring. A new album is currently being rehearsed with plans for recording and release in early 2022.
Tracks: Moorea Mon Amour - Ewa On The Beach - Skinny Dippin' - Tan Line Fever - Amber Waves - The Wet Season - The Golden State - Magyara - Spin The Bottle - Dreams (Live) - Raise Hell - Tic Toc - The Raven - Prayer Wheel - The Whammy - Summer Cold - Cat Fight - A Man Called Dirt - Seafoam Angels - Organic Matters - Magic River - Finito Bandito - El Valenciano - Teke, Teke, Teke - Poser - Game Of Thrones - No Surf Today
Frankie & The Pool Boys - The Wet Season CD - DCCD89 - $12.75 (Order From Double Crown Records)
The Surfaders - Shaken And Disturbed CD (Double Crown)
The Surfaders are a Dutch surf/instrumental rock combo that yearns to create the soundtracks of B-movies yet to be made, with a cinematic sound they call "Surf-Noir". After winning over fans worldwide with their first two albums, 2021 brings the release of their finest collection of songs yet - Shaken & Disturbed. Twelve dazzling instrumental classics that conjure up images of danger, intrigue and...well shaken cocktails! Guitar fanatics will swoon over the melodies and sounds heard on this disc - a highlight is "Moscow Mule", which the band describes as "So fiery and limey fresh that you may well mistake it for a soda. If you do, expect this cross-bred liquid quadruped to kick you in the head as hard as the Siberian winter is cold. We call it Breznjev’s brain-freeze."
Tracks: Moscow Mule - Death In The Afternoon - Full Moon - Tequila Matador - Henrietta - Sex On The Beach - Alien Secretion - Strawberry Daiquiri - Follow That Black Rabbit - Zombie - Stargazer - Dark & Stormy
The Surfaders - Shaken And Disturbed CD - DCCD88 - $12.75 (Order From Double Crown Records)
SRW142 The Surf Hermits - Hang Zen available on CD and download here - https://thesurfhermits.bandcamp.com/album/hang-zen
This is the way.
The Surf Hermits are part old west gunslinger, part wandering samurai, and part pipeline-shredding surfstravaganza. Featuring twangy guitar driven instrumentals, The Surf Hermits’ debut album, Hang Zen is distinctly original and yet somehow familiar to fans of surf, spaghetti westerns, and 60s garage sounds.
My band The Routes will release a new instrumental album "Instrumentals II" on Groovie Records at the end of this month.
The album is a follow-up to our 2012 "Instrumentals" album, and features another 10 original instrumental cuts.
The album ranges from spaghetti western to surf, and makes stops in garage and stompin' rock & roll territory along the way; taking influence from Link Wray, Dick Dale, Trashmen, Ventures, Terauchi Takeshi, and the Strummin' Mental compilations. Recorded in mono, this album is raw and LOUD (surf music with garage production).
"Instrumentals II" will be available on LP (color vinyl limited to 100 copies, black vinyl 400 copies), and digital.
You can check out the album and preorder vinyl on the Groovie Records Bandcamp page.
" Retrofuturisme volume II " is the fifth and new album by Arno De Cea & the Clockwork Wizards.
It is now available on bandcamp and on vinyl in Europe released by A Tant Rêver Du Roi / Les Productions Del L'Impossible / Calico Records and very soon in the U.S.A by Otitis Media Records.
Formed in 2008 on the French “Silver Coast" by three musicians involved in the Surf, Noise and Garage Rock scenes (The Irradiates, Stef & Arno, The Taikonauts, Antena Tres, Shunatao…), Arno De Cea & The Clockwork Wizards try to set Surf Music in the modern age by adding Punk Hard Core intensity and Noise Rock inventiveness.
To set the things clearer, it's like having Dick Dale swapping his guitar for a flamethrower while being backed by a robust, frenetic and tortuous rhythm section.
Throughout the years, those "Brutal Surf Music" purveyors used to tour around the European continent from Lisbon to Berlin, Alkmaar to Beograd, without forgetting Livorno to eat an ice cream by the Mediterranean sea.
2021 sees the band releasing its fifth album, "Retrofuturisme volume II " (EU: ATRDR/Calico Records/Les Productions de l’Impossible – USA: Ottis Media Records) to complete a rich discography also loaded with some split records and several compilations appearances.
The trio here reveals its interest for some musical freaks like Sun Ra or Chrome contributing to set the band a little more apart from "traditional” Surf Music, and showing its ability to have an unusual rhythmic and melodic approach to the genre.
All that was once resumed by a member of the audience assisting at one of their shows : “Well, it is the most well organised sonic bloody mess I have ever experienced in my life!” Fredrik Thordendal.
Tons of surf label, radio and band interviews. Such as Surfer Joe, DJ Dotty, Satan's Pilgrims, Wasagas, Evanstones, Volcanics and much much more
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