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SurfGuitar 101 forum member Ravcon, aka, The Man From RavCon, has just released his new album, Everything Is Golden. It's a guitar-based combination of Surf/Spy/Spaghetti Western music, influenced by instro/surf pioneers such as Duane Eddy, Jack Nitzsche, Dick Dale, and newer bands The Surf Coasters, Laika & The Cosmonauts and The Tremolo Beer Gut. There's also a little John Barry feel thrown in the mix, as well as a surf rock arrangement of Morricone's classic Once Upon A Time In The West theme. These latter two influences help lend Everything Is Golden a cinematic appeal that ties it in nicely with The Man From RavCon's debut release, Zombie Pimp Cowboys From Outer Space!
The album will also be available for order in CD format from cdbaby soon.
For more info on The Man From RavCon, see www.myspace.com/manfromravcon
Surf Band's New CD Acclaimed
The music of the surf-rock band The Insanitizers is now the main feature on the front page of music review internet site Music World Express 3000 (mwe3.com). They could have featured any CD and they chose the Insanitizers' new "Whimsical Surf." The review says "the 17 cut all instrumental CD is just the ticket to get things moving in this summer heat...The CD sounds great and the band has done a super job packaging...with excellent graphics."
The CD review is followed by a photo interview with lead guitarist Conrad Swartz, showing several unusual guitars. The music is "uptempo, lively, vigorous, energizing" and about having fun. Other band members are Ralf Palin on bass, Tim Ennis on drums, and Chad Van Dyke on guitar. This Summer the Insanitizers performed at the Hawaiian Festival and the Farmers Market, both in Vancouver, Washington. Their MySpace site is www.MySpace.com/SurfInsanitizers.
The Atlantics seminal surf classic instrumental Bombora shot to number one for a record eight weeks in 1963 and charted around the world. Their follow up single The Crusher was also charting strongly only to be stopped at No. 2 by the Beatles. The Atlantics went on to record seven more singles and four LPs, all of which are now regarded as classics of the Surf Instrumental Genre. In 2000 Bombora was given the ultimate accolade by being used in the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. The Atlantics have supported The Beach Boys and Chris Isaak shows, resulting in rave reviews for their music and their talents and once again cemented their title of Australias Greatest Instrumental Band ever. A subsequent string of live performances at big shows and Festivals, including the inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Canberra's National Folk Festival, The Noosa Festival of Surf and at The Benidorm Music Festival in Spain, thrilled original fans and introduced a whole new generation to the driving, infectious guitar sounds of The Atlantics.