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The Tentakills • Rage of Aquarius
Tabu Recordings • houseoftabu.com
Springing from the murky depths of the St. Joseph River that runs through South Bend, Indiana; the raging sounds of drippy reverb and tribal drum beats cut through the city. A musical sound that’s so refreshing, people in the local scene clench to it like a life preserver in a tsunami. It’s an instrumental surf rock siren! It’s an astounding sound! It takes us by surprise and tells us, “The Tentakills have arrived!”
The Tentakills took what the elder surf gods created in the first wave of surf rock. The band turned it up a notch with penchant for faster beats and aggressive guitar licks. The band has created a sound all their own while staying true to instrumental surf. Keeping a focus of melody, The Tentakills combine the band member’s diverse musical backgrounds of punk, rock and country.
With members Bill Finn on drums, Tai Barger and Travis Thomas on guitars, and Mike Howard on bass, the quartet formed after having the opportunity to start a band that had been in their collective minds for decades. Seeing the legendary Dick Dale perform live kicked the idea into high gear and the band emerged as The Tentakills in 2018.
Since then The Tentakills have played many great local and regional shows, including two South Bend music festivals; Riverlights Music Fest and South Bend Fringe Fest. They were honored when asked to perform at the Dick Dale Tribute Show at the Melody Inn, Indianapolis, Indiana. They have shared the stage with several notable bands, including Surfer Joe, The Madeira, Daikaiju and The Concussions.
Their first album, Rage of Aquarius represents the band’s best musical efforts combined with finest detail to their sound. The album was recorded and mixed at The Golden Mallard in Elkhart, Indiana and mastered at The Boiler Room in Chicago, Illinois. Rage of Aquarius is the rush and rage of reverb-soaked surf with an edge, exclusively produced by The Tentakills.
“This is the debut release from the South Bend, Indiana surf quartet whose mutual love of Dick Dale got them started back in 2018. Their energy, influences and reverb-soaked goodness have even made me overcome my undying hatred of puns, which is no small feat my friends. I also like that one or more of the members of this band are hardcore classic rock fans, if not straight-up metalheads. You can definitely hear those influences in the songs right from the start, and it may be what sets the ‘Kills apart from the average group that simply studied the Ventures playbook. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still classic surf throughout and the production of the lp could definitely fool some untuned ears into thinking it came out 40 years ago. A good example of this is the track “Grit,” which was one of my favorites along with “Drawn and Quartered,” and “Dog Days.” I hear a heavy Shadowey Men on a Shadowey Planet vibe lacing through the record, along with some other more new wave-y influences like the B-52’s and the Dead Milkmen believe it or not. (see: “A Horse Named Artax”) As I said, it’s still surf music, it just comes from a lot of different places, which is what I think makes it cool. I have never had the opportunity to see them live, but I’m guessing that they are a gas. The songs are dynamic, with solid tones and some blistering leads - always a good combo that rarely disappoints. These fellas are not one-trick ponies - the songs are varied and well done, which is an accomplishment for any debut recording. I expect that these chaps are only getting started. Check it.”
– Jeremy S. Grites • Bad Decisions Club
Recorded and Mixed at The Golden Mallard • Elkhart, Indiana
Mastered at The Boiler Room • Chicago, Illinois
Cover Art and Design by Ken Holewczynski
Pressed at Smashed Plastic • Chicago, Illinois
Rage of Aquarius
Split the Sea
Drawn & Quartered
Death & Taxes
A Horse Named Artax
Low Tide/High Tide
Ghosts of Atlantis
2 rippin' new tracks and a surprise remaster await if you dare venture into the darkest of depths. If you're feeling the groove, please like and follow on Spotify.
Here on Bandcamp https://thesurfisticats.bandcamp.com/album/the-surfisticats-strut the new four-track EP of original tunes by UK-based band The Surfisticats.
The Surfisticats present a fresh set of catchy and energetic original tunes, with twanging guitars and lap steel dripping with reverb, groovy bass and thunderous drums. Recorded live in Cambridge in March 2023, the tunes evoke long summer days sipping cocktails on a sunny beach.
The Surfisticats are David Greeves guitars, lap steel; Xavi Ruf guitars; Gus Glen bass guitars; Seán Walton drums.
Recorded 11 March 2023 at NCI Cambridge by Sam Inglis assisted by Steve Fenton. Produced by Sam Inglis.
See the featured video for The 2nd Wave THE SURFISTICATS (NCI, Cambridge) BOPFLIX sessions.
(Video - Chris Magee, Bopflix; audio - Sam Inglis.)
https://www.thesurfisticats.com for news, live dates and more. Further videos soon.
Tons of news for french one-man, many-bats band Jay Poisön & The Bat People from Lyon, France !
A new remastered version of the track Nosferatu Boogaloo from latest album Rise of the Bat People ! has just been released on streaming platforms.
This new remastered version is released ahead of a brand new music video that will be out a few days after the single on the band's youtube page !
A new EP releases June 1st, called Echoes from the Batcave ! Two brand new songs and two new recordings of Varla O Varla and Death Mask Boogie, from the first album.
Many more are coming, and of course, the fourth album will be out for Halloween !
Follow and listen to the Bat People anywhere you prefer : https://linktr.ee/jaypoisonandthebatpeople
See you soon !
Took a while (10 years), but here it is: the second Biarritz Boys records is out on Surf Cookie Records (SC040)!
Inside Clean Waves is out on LP, CD and all streaming platforms. Eleven new bangers for you to party to! Ten originals, one ode to an old Indo-rock classic.
Since the Boys can write songs but really suck at naming them, (almost) all songs were named by befriended surfbands.
Thanx to all the godfathers who adtoped a track and baptised it! We are honoured.
1. Shogun (actually got it's name from The Biarritz Boys)
2. The Spy Who Pechaan'd Me (baptised by Daikaiju)
3. Surf Wind From The North (baptised by Surfer Joe)
4. Livorno Ferris Wheel of Italian Chess (baptised by Arny Zone/Aloha Sluts)
5. El Mysto (baptised by Anro de Cea)
6. In-Shame in the Brain (baptised by Stories From Shamehill)
7. Fire in the Hole (baptised by The Krontjong Devils)
8. Pororoca (baptised by The Mullet Monster Maffia)
9. Frontside Tuberide (baptised by del-Toros)
10. El Perro del Mar (also baptised by The Krontjong Devils)
11. Ajoen Ajoen (indo-rock classic, adopted by Eddy Luca)
Check out/order here: Link
Bad Boys of the Knitting Scene by El Delmonico available now on all streaming platforms
SRW066 The Terrorsurfs - From The Jaws Of Hell (12" Hell Red Opaque/Smoked Vinyl LP)
It's been 5 years since "Mutant Surfing Trash” but now those masked zombie surf rockers The Terrorsurfs are back with their 3rd full length on "hell red" coloured vinyl, CD and digital download.
New drummer King Fuzzo powers through 12 new cuts of throbbing surf punk and trashy garage twang. Favourite live track "Methro Skull" kicks it off with a Dick Dale inspired rumble, followed by the baltic belter "The Bolshevik Beatdown" boasting a bonkers Balalaika, Blimey! The single "Spit Roast" (already "leaked" on a few compilations), has an awesome "Supermarionation" style video including an introduction explaining exactly how to roast your Easter lamb and "Revenge of the Surfboarding Killer Bikini Vampire Girls" is the fictitious favourite film of Dave (Red Dwarf) Lister, maybe there'll be a lawsuit from the BBC... But, guitarist El Guapo's dog Hector has met Craig (Dave Lister) Charles on a film shoot, so we should be fine!
Buy it on Vinyl, CD and digital download now - https://theterrorsurfs.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-jaws-of-hell
Black Valley Moon just released a new ep on all major streaming platforms. It’s called ‘It Makes Magick’, and features a cover of White Wedding. The brand new video for White Wedding can be seen, here.
The Desolate Coast is very excited to announce that our new single, Dracutela is available now on all platforms including a new music video!
What we're most excited to announce is that it is part of our next album, Without A Planet. Between having babies, Pro Tools cloud server issues, work, shows, and everything else, it has taken a little longer to get the finishing touches done on this album. Dave Klein did excellent work mastering, and we are pleased to be able to share it with you all.
We are also grateful to be partnering with Double Crown Records on its CD release on May 16. It will of course be available on streaming and download platforms at that time as well. We hope to add vinyl to the offerings in the future.
We really appreciate all the support and encouragement that we have received from many of you and really hope that you enjoy our new single, and soon, our new album.
We will have a couple more singles and videos to share between now and May 16, too!
Just wanted to let you know that the imaginary band I started a couple of years ago is now a fully fledged living & breathing band!
We have recently recorded and released a mini album via bandcamp-
Please check out our new tunes and give us a follow if you like it. Cheers.
We are also playing a couple of local shows in April-
Elmer's Arms Old Market, Bristol Sat 15th April
The Red Lion Whitehall Road, Bristol Sun 30th April
If you're local then please come along. Both gigs are free entry!