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Hi everybody! As recently I had a lot of requests of what is a surf scene in Ukraine, I've decided to make several posts on the bands and acts from the end of 90th to now. Hope it will be interesting.

Surely some signs showed after 1994 and all of you know why) Mostly these were some surfy tunes from psychobilly or rockabilly bands that started to actively appear here in 90th. First surf bands appeared around 2005-2006 and I will tell you about them in the next post) Concerning first surf tunes in Ukrainian scene - here are two great surf tunes from legendary Ukrainian band Mad Heads (album Naked Flame, 2002) that I really love and that heavily influenced my way towards surf instrumentals. Enjoy)

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Last edited: May 18, 2022 07:49:07

Around 2005/2006 two surf bands appeared in Ukraine and become pretty active from 2007, doing records and shows in Ukraine and abroad:

Night Surf - surf/punk/prog project that a was a kind of a fusion between surf music and modern instrumental rock. The band was really active for several years issuing good album and performing multiple shows. Is not active from 2014 or so.

https://nightsurf147.bandcamp.com/

Waikiki Makaki - trad surf/rock/garage/western band that went through multiple changes but still active till now. Mostly a live act with a few records but I hope to change it.

https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Last edited: May 19, 2022 12:07:38

There will be some really interesting bands in the next posts, but please let me know if somebody is reading this and interested in more)

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Last edited: May 19, 2022 10:15:36

Vitaly, I'm reading this and am definitely interested in more info and videos!

Patrick

Padraig wrote:

Vitaly, I'm reading this and am definitely interested in more info and videos!

Great to hear) Next series are coming!

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

More please!

Do you know of Amphibian Man?

FritzCat wrote:

More please!

Do you know of Amphibian Man?

Sure, we know them and played with them several times. This band will be covered some posts later)

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

2009 was pretty a milestone for a surf music in Ukraine. Two active surf bands (Night Surf and Waikiki Makaki) were joined by a great psychobilly band Rebel Gang who came up with a surf program that was unbelievably good for a psycho band) The rising surf wave lead to a first official Surf Party in Ukraine that was held in Sumy city (native city of Rebel Gang) June 2009 and was a blast! Three sets of different surf music and the final jam of Waikiki Makaki with guitar players from Night Surf and Rebel Gang! I could find only some videos, but these are enough to see what was happening there with all the smoke, strobe and beautiful dancing girls!

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Definitely enjoying this, Samurai.

I’ve noted that Surf music and Eastern European musicians seem to fit together like a hand in a glove. We’ve seen some great Surf come out of that part of the world.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

synchro wrote:

Definitely enjoying this, Samurai.

I’ve noted that Surf music and Eastern European musicians seem to fit together like a hand in a glove. We’ve seen some great Surf come out of that part of the world.

Thank you! This is only the beginning of a story)

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

2010

Polar 10. Interesting but unfortunately short lived project made up by former member of Waikiki Makaki band. I've really enjoyed their mixture of western, scifi and horror plus some psychobilly roots. Some nice shows and then they quit, however some of the members went on with contributing other surf and rock'n roll projects.

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Last edited: May 23, 2022 11:30:55

I especially like that second tune.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

synchro wrote:

I especially like that second tune.

yep, my favorite from them!

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Around 2015 I guess one of the best projects ever on Ukrainian scene appeared.
Space PsychoTropic Plank-tone was founded by members of famous rockabilly band WiseGuyz and completely blew away everybody with conceptual scifi/new wave surf and great show performances. They published their first album in 2016 and it's GOOOD! We are still waiting for the second one!
https://open.spotify.com/album/6YsZtdmDELQYUI4G1GcOyh

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Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Last edited: May 26, 2022 06:26:52

Interesting band. That lead player has a right hand that is unstoppable.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

synchro wrote:

Interesting band. That lead player has a right hand that is unstoppable.

Chris is a legend of Ukrainian rock scene, he is a leader 5 or 6 projects, from rockabilly/psychobilly to some rock/garage/gypsy jazz and two(!) surf projects, the second one I will cover later. Unbelievably talented composer, guitar player and singer and a good friend of mine. He and his bandmates stay in Kharkiv.

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Samurai wrote:

synchro wrote:

Interesting band. That lead player has a right hand that is unstoppable.

Chris is a legend of Ukrainian rock scene, he is a leader 5 or 6 projects, from rockabilly/psychobilly to some rock/garage/gypsy jazz and two(!) surf projects, the second one I will cover later. Unbelievably talented composer, guitar player and singer and a good friend of mine. He and his bandmates stay in Kharkiv.

The speed required for a good right hand tremolo is something I find difficult to sustain for long periods of time. I really admire someone that can sustain that and keep it clean.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

synchro wrote:

Samurai wrote:

synchro wrote:

Interesting band. That lead player has a right hand that is unstoppable.

Chris is a legend of Ukrainian rock scene, he is a leader 5 or 6 projects, from rockabilly/psychobilly to some rock/garage/gypsy jazz and two(!) surf projects, the second one I will cover later. Unbelievably talented composer, guitar player and singer and a good friend of mine. He and his bandmates stay in Kharkiv.

The speed required for a good right hand tremolo is something I find difficult to sustain for long periods of time. I really admire someone that can sustain that and keep it clean.

He is one of the best guitar players I know. Please check their album, it’s sooo good!

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Amphibian Man. I guess many of you know this stunning project.
https://amphibianman.bandcamp.com

This is mostly a one man project from Ivan Semeschenko who makes all the music by himself, only joining with some cool rhythm section for live shows. Heavy roots in prog rock, punk and metal, startling technique and powerful energy - this is Amphibian Man! You may see a lot of albums on Bandcamp and most of them are really good. Surely pay your attention the brilliant set of Heavy Metal covers! https://amphibianman.bandcamp.com/album/metal-goes-surf

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Samurai wrote:

Amphibian Man. I guess many of you know this stunning project.
https://amphibianman.bandcamp.com

This is mostly a one man project from Ivan Semeschenko who makes all the music by himself, only joining with some cool rhythm section for live shows. Heavy roots in prog rock, punk and metal, startling technique and powerful energy - this is Amphibian Man! You may see a lot of albums on Bandcamp and most of them are really good. Surely pay your attention the brilliant set of Heavy Metal covers! https://amphibianman.bandcamp.com/album/metal-goes-surf

He gets a sound that reminds me of music from the Balkans, or even the Near East. He has a heck of a fast right hand.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

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