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Category: Bands


For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2010



Toronto, ON – Stereo Dynamite Recordings are pleased to announce the signing of surfing crypt keepers: The von Drats. A band so terrifyingly groovy, one listen to their debut album “Dratsylvania” and you’ll be trapped forever under their sonic spell!

Originally hailing from the mysterious Dratsylvania, the band relocated to Toronto in 2005 where their strange appearances (looking like extras from The Addams Family or a cartoon hot rod gang) and creepy, rowdy and kooky high energy surf punk live shows have made them a favorite with the local late, late, LATE(!) night ghastly Go-Go crowd.

The lightning fast long arm of the drums, Leonard von Drat, bids you welcome and keeps everyone in stitches with his rapid fire wit. An uncontrollable wildman, Dave von Drat sets the mood with the spooky sounding Farfisa organ and spastic movements that would even leave old Uncle Fester in shock. The big brother Trevor von Drat quite easily transitions from being a calm and collected surf guitar gentlemen to a garage rock growling life of the party. The werewolf cursed DanO von Drat stares wild eyed and lays down a solid and smooth bass foundation for his savage kin to play over. The youngest brother, Steve von Drat, is a surf guitar sharp-shooter and a reverb tank riding creature that will leave you in disbelief. Add to the mix on most nights, little sister Holly von Drat twisting and shaking everyone into a frenzy – and you’ve got a live experience that you’ll never forget!

The band have just finished recording their self-produced Stereo Dynamite debut album “Dratsylvania” (set for a March 9th release date). Featuring 13 twangy and twisted tunes that should appeal to fans of 60’s surf rock, horror punk, or classic monster movies. “Dratsylvania” is the soundtrack to the greatest, grooviest, demons-on-dirtbikes film you’ve never seen.

The von Drats are currently planning spring and summer tours. Expect a first video from the album DRATSYLVANIA to be announced shortly.

DRATSYLVANIA is in-stores March 9, 2010.

Man or Astro-Man? Reunite? YES!

Word is trickling out that the highly influential space alien surf super-group Man or Astro-Man? is reforming to play a number of shows, including the SXSW 2010 festival. Drummer Birdstuff wrote at length about the reunion on the band's MySpace blog. And finally, people are reporting that tickets are already on sale for dates in Birmingham and Atlanta!

I am not alone in saying that Man or Astro-Man? was that band that got me into surf music in the mid-90's. The band cut their teeth playing super-charged punked up versions of tunes by The Ventures, Dick Dale, and The Original Surfaris. They later honed their own unique sound and put on now legendary live shows, touring all over the United States and Europe. All hail the return of our alien overlords! Welcome back, we missed you!

The Five release Debut/Farewell EP

The Five are pleased to announce the release of their debut/farewell EP!

from the Rock is Dead RIP blog has just reviewed an advance copy of the EP, and wrote: "
Taking parts of the traditional surf/instro realm along side 60's fuzz guitar a la Davie Allan and the Arrows/ Link Wray you get a melting aural assault that few bands as of late truly capture.... My first thought when hearing The Five was that they really must admire Huevos Rancheros,and Ramblin' Ambassadors or maybe even The Blue Stingrays [You know that band that consisted of  Tom Petty's Heartbreakers] Yes folks this EP is that good."

We have set up a page on our website ( where you can pre-order a copy of what we believe to be the first 5-sided EP in music history!


Sides 1 + 2 - are 5 tracks on 7" vinyl
Side 3 - is 10 tracks (including the 5 from the 7") on CD
Side 4 - is sheet music for the unrecorded track 'Murders & Burgers" PLAY IT YOURSELF!
Side 5 - is a selection of mp3 extras for your iPod available via download

All this for an all-up price (incl shipping) of AU$15 if you live in Australia or AU$17.50 if you don't!

If you would like to try-before-yo-buy, just head over to to stream the 5 tracks from the vinyl EP.

We should be ready to ship within 2 weeks.

Zorba and The Greeks Reunion 2007

We are a bit late with this story, but I only found out about this today. Thanks to member Jagshark for linking us to this story about a Zorba and The Greeks reunion that took place in August 2007! Zorba and The Greeks are best known in the surf music world for the late first wave (1966!) classic "Shockwave". Shockwave showed up on a few obscure compilations over the years until finally Sundazed Records put it on their Lost Legends of Surf Guitar, Volume 4 release in 2005.

Of particular interest to me is that keyboard player Chris Johnson was cited as being an ophthalmologist and instructor at the University of Iowa, very close to where I live!

Zorba and The Greeks

From the linked article: A 1966 photo of Zorba and the Greeks shows, from left, Chris Johnson, Dennis Senff, Jeff Jones, Frank Murphy and Chuck Myin.

RA/OE's New Album Available For Sale via Web

Robbie Allen and The Outer Edge released "Lost In The Sweep" on the weekend of September 11th followed a quick mini-tour of the SF Bay Area. The CD is now available via the band's website. Brand new original tracks (12 in all) incorporating the instro/surf guitar styles we all know and love.
The album features some of the new songs the band has been highlighting at their shows over the past 6 months that some of you have been asking about such as Sonar Ghost, Tormented Victory, Namazu's Revenge, Hazel Dayz, and Sad Day In The Waves.

Go to and click on 'Records' to order a copy. Only $9.99 plus shipping.

The TomorrowMen Interview in Science Fiction/San Francisco #89

The TomorrowMen's Danny Snyder, uh sorry, Mycroft Eloi, was interviewed in issue #89 of Science Fiction/San Francisco. Check it out!

Blue Wave Theory debut CD released!

Blue Wave Theory is pleased to announce the release of our eponymous debut CD full of explosive instrumental surf enhanced with elements of classic rock, progressive rock, and punk. 

To hear some of  the music and order a copy of the new album, please visit our MySpace page at

Thanks for listening and keep ridin’ the waves!

Steve, Bill, and Kevin
Blue Wave Theory

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The Thunderheads release

East Tennessee's one and only all instrumental surf band has released it's second CD on LandLocked records titled "Live at Bikini Beach" . A throw back to the Classic 1960's Surf Sound with a modern twist. The band formed in 2006 and in 08 released it's debut "Shark Attack". Hailing fron East Tennessee, not exactly a hot bed of instrumental Surf music but the one time home of The Ventures Drummer Mel Taylor. The band consist of,  Billy Crawford - Lead Guitars, Dave Vaught - Rhythym guitars, Charlie Aesque - Bass guitars, Carnell Cross - Drums, Joey Cross - Percussion. You can check out the band in action and purchase both CD's at

The Moe Greene Specials

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