First off I didn't make everything that was happening, Even I can't make them all. ha ha.
So sorry to the Pacific Headhunters for not making their Fri and Sat night gigs. These guys are a young 20/21 year olds that look to be promising. But need to join the Forum. Myspace isn't the only web world.
So Saturday I went to the Chantays/Eliminators/and Duotones gig in San Clemente. This was a goodbye party for Rocky's surf shop. A South Orange County surf store that's been around for a long time, and has sponsored some of the surf bands around.
First up was the Chantays. How to say this without being rude....??? I was not into them at all. I have seen them play very well, and sounding pretty surfy for old dudes, trying to recapture their youth.
But this was not one of those nights. Brian Carmen is still out ill, and Gil Orr was sittin in with them. Ricky, the new hot shot guitarist, didn't have his usual space age guitar, instead he was playing a gold Les Paul?? Sad to say, and Even Paul Johnson was bummed to see/hear this. Not one of the Chantays guitarist had a reverb tank. and I bet the built in wasn't turned up much either. They did a mix of old,new(90's) and classic rock/oldies vocal songs. I was waitng for sweet death to take me away. Ok it wasn't that bad, But just not a surf band at all.....Sad.
But considering this was a party, most of the Non surf crowd people liked them alot. So what do I know? Just not what I wanted to see.
Next up was a surprise appearace of the Duotones, that is Paul Johnson and Gil Orr playing 2 guitars, with no Bass, and no drums.
They did mostly first wave songs, a few standards (Lonely Bull, Sleepwalk,etc) and some of the newer songs that they have written recently (Baja Nights being a really good one). They sounded pretty good. I like seeing them in a quite resturant or art gallery better than a loud bar with a party going on though. Paul and Gil are great ol' guys, always very personable and friendly. Paul is the number 1 surf guy in my book. For those who don't know they have 2 cds, 1 acoustic, and 1 electric, available on Pauls website PJMOTO.com
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Next up was a very rare apperance of the Eliminators. Apart from private party gigs, they just don't play out publicly that much. I usually only get 1 or 2 chances a year to see these guys. They played for about 2 hours. Joe playing a Strat thru a Fender Concert amp (usually he uses a Showman, but this place was too small for that) and a reverb tank. Preston was playing a Fender Jag, thru his modern Fender custom amp (nice to see him with the Jag instead of his cutom shop Tele with Fender Bigsby knock off trem). Jazz bass, sax and drums also. They did about 2/3rds 1st wave covers, and a few party songs (tequila,and the likes), but their originals are what I lke to hear and they even played 3 (I think new songs - one with a rockabilly Flavor). They were ON!!! the Place was goin nuts, between 5 and 40 people dancin all during their set. Sax wailing away. These guys sound like your quintissential 60's surf band. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
I heard a rummor that they might be releasing 2 seperate cds soon. Don't know what the deal with that is. Maybe one of covers, one originals, not sure??? Just wish they would play out more.
They are doing the Huntington Beach Pier in the summer (forgot which month- Linda!!????). Listened to the New Madeira and Nebulas on the way home that I had finally picked up from Ran (thanks again dude).
By the way that was Ran's first tiime seeing the Chantays and Eliminators. I think he'd probably agree on my comments on the bands.
Sun. Morn. got up ears ringing. It wasn't from the show, as I was kinda behind a wall off to the side of where the bands had played. Musta been from the ride home with the Maderia, and Nebulas cd's cranked up. (damn fine work boys, me like mucho).
Headed down to The Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach for the first Sun. of bands playing almost every sun from Now till Oct. whoo hoo!! This new band is called the Relics. Linda heard of them thru her Dentist. They are basically a older Blues/R&B band that's been around 7 years, but recently started doing some surf on the side after they found out about the modern revival. They started off as a 3 piece, with the guitar player, playing a jag/stang thru a reverb tank and a showman. Kinda crunchy with not much reverb. A few originals, and a few covers. Kinda Link Wray meets surf sound. Pretty good drummer and bass player for older guys. Not showy, but solid. Then a 2nd guitarist joined them, with a star thru a small Blues deville with an extension cab. But the lead player switched to a Jag, and boom there was the surf sound. Bright, ringing, drippy. Wow what a difference. Jag/stangs suck!!!. They did a bunch more 60's covers most know, a couple lesser known. 2 highlights were a spooky version of Highwall by the Wailers, and Rockula by Los Straitjackets. Finished up with the obligatory (not really, but.. heard thousands of times at the Museum) Wipeout and Miserlou. I was fairly impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect and was a bit apprehensive. But good Call Linda. Nice to see some new bands once in awhile. Even if they aren't 1000% what we like. Pretty good turn out for the first show of the season in the parking lot. Thanks to my buddy Baja Marty, and new pal Tim (aka HB kahuna) and John, Linda Miller's husband for helping with the cahirs and sun shades set up and break down.
After that I jammed up to Long Beach to Busters Beach House, to catch a bit of a friend's Hawiian/tiki style band (slide steel, ukulele, and stand up bass). The band is called the Smokin' Menahunes, (which is Hawaiis version of a Leprichan). They were playing a show for the Tiki crowd. The show started at 4 and went till 7:30, but I left at 5:45 to go to The Dumb Angel Gazette (All Summer Long) magazine release party.
That started at 6 pm in Newport beach in an old brick Building from the early 1900's. Kinda neat, but very crowded. First up was the Boardwalkers. They started out in the early 90's as a fairly trad. band with little twists here and there. But over time have become very psychedellic/progressive/wierd. I like them either way, but "some" don't , I think they kinda had a feeling Dominic Priore (the mag guy)
wouldn't dig the Psyche side, and played it pretty trad, all covers, some very obscure though. All Dan had for effects was a reverb tank, Fuzz pedal (used on about 5 songs) and a old analog delay pedal. With a Strat thru a Twin with a single 15 (forget the name of them). They played about an hour or so. Marty Tippens on Drums (Great Job Marty). And Mark Hoeschler on Fender Jazz Bass.
Next up was Billy Hinsche (sp?) from Dino, Desi, and Billy. I didn't dig this guys folk music, I went outside after 3 songs. Ran or Kristena will have to give a review of him. haha
Last was the Ghastly Ones. They now have as a full time member, Dave Klien of the Bomboras(drummer) on spooky organ now. I'm horrible with Ghastly ones songs titles, but they played almost 2 hours I think, doin a mix of stuff, from their 2 cd's. Some 60's tunes like Cat on a Hot Foam Board, by the New Dimensions, Fuzzy and Wild by the Ventures, Yuzo's twist, by the Jap eleki guy Yuzo (insert last name). Also they did some new songs, from their next cd. Good crowd response, some new fans. One of the Guitar players from Daikaju stoppped by on his way from SD to LA going to LAX to fly home after being in So. Cal. for a wedding. Also bassplayer from the now defunt Infrareds. Dano from the Dynotones, Jellybean from Jackie and the Cedrics. Ran and our buddy Alan came up from San Diego. Kristina and her husband Rudy, So. Cal. trad Nazi's the Kanaster brothers Mark and Brent. And a few new fans to surf I've met thru the groups, and the forum were there.
Whew, what a weekend! And I didn't even do it all.
But there is always next weekend in So. Cal., the land of many surf bands, and shows.
Till next time, your faithful reviewer without pad or pen.