★ OUT 11/dec/2015 ★
The American surf craze led by the Ventures, the Challengers or the Astronauts ―to name a few― has doubtlessly taken over those four boys! They know how to play every classic by heart; and beyond their fascination for the Peplum imagery ―they perform in togas!― they only swear by Surf music!
Nevertheless, they have found a way to create their own fresh and inimitable vibe. The way they play the guitar, their songwriting, and the singularity of their arrangements backed by a subtle rhythmic: here is the secret of the astounding success of Les Agamemnonz who are not done saying “Au Revoir” on worldwide stages…
GC049: BALU & DIE SURFGRAMMELN “Los Chicharrones del Surf” 10″ (limited edition 300 copies on black vinyl)
Terror strikes from the bottom of River Danube ― this invasion of generic Viennese natives brings you a ton of reverb-drenched guitars, swirling melodies from a fretless bass and primitive, hyper-sexual pounding drums, celebrating sonic landscapes built out of high-speed instromental Rock’n Roll. Their origins and influences yet remain unclear; however, the most widely accepted theory is that they were taken at an early age from their natural parents Dick Dale, Edmund Sackbauer and Lily Munster by hideous aliens who exposed them to some sort of education solely consisting of B-movies and Man or Astro-Man? records in a Martian orphanage run by the Cat Women of the Moon.
Balu (dr), Kathi Gramml (b), Max Gramml (git), Wolfi Gramml (git & random voc), BOSS “The Voice” RC-3 Gramml (doomsday sermons)
Surf music is back! After the huge succes of previous editions of North Sea Festival the surffrenzy takes place again in de Melkweg. It’s the fifth installment of the biggest festival in North West Europe dedicated to instrumental surf music. Apart from live shows of nine bands in the Old Hall, four surf movies will be shown in the Cinema and there’s a surf market in the Theatre.
The festival, which main goal is to promote surf music to a wide variety of music lovers, has contracted a number of bands that have never played in The Netherlands before. This year the Dutch audience can see Swedish bands The Barbwires and The Illuminators, Spanish Els A-Phonics, Italy’s Watang! and Los Fantasticos from the UK live for the very first time. Besides hosts The Phantom Four and Russian cult legends Messer Chups the Belgian surf scene is represented by The Scrammers and Humanga Danga, two bands that already blew the crowds of Pacific Parc away during one of the returning North Sea Surf Nights.
On top of the nine bands playing at the venue of course there will be surf movies again at the Cinema. The festival presents exclusive screenings of the underground film ‘Wet Dream’, about the life and search for good waves of the famours surfer and shaper Tyler Warren, and of ‘The Fisherman’s Son’, a powerful new movie of Chris Malloy (180° South, Thicker Than Water, A Brokedown Melody) chronicling surf ambassador Ramon Navarro’s rise to the top of big wave surfing, as well as his life as an environmental activist for the coast of Chili. Also the experimental 70s style movie ‘Expencive Porno Movie’, the Alaska surf adventure ‘Cradle of Storms’ and the atmospheric longboard film ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’ will be shown. Before the movies recent short films ‘Chasing Rumors’, ‘Coming Up For Air’ and ‘Waveform’ will be shown, three films with a poetic and experimental style.
In the Theater of Melkweg there will be a surf market with collectable surf records. All bands will be doing a signing session at the market after their show. At the Café renowned international DJ’s will be spinning 50’s and 60’s vinyl; DJ Zombierella from Russia (bass player of Messer Chups), DJ Kike Louie from Spain, DJ Monkey Ju from Belgium and DJ’s Groove Motions and Mz. Siren from the UK.
★ Out 18.6.2015 ★
★ order-now (€ 10.00 included shipping & digital download) ★
Los Protones were formed in Lima, Peru, in 2007, after the breakup of Manganzoides, one of Latin America’s most influential garage punk bands of the 90’s-00’s. Over three studio albums, Los Protones (2009), Hijas del Diablo (2011) and Maravilla! (2013), they have developed a unique instro style that combines surf rock, psychedelia, garage and, occasionally, some Peruvian tropical sounds, spaghetti western and more.
Los Protones have played all over Peru, from large outdoor festivals and national TV sets to old theaters and tiny bars, and have also taken their sounds to Argentina and Mexico. The current lineup includes Gustavo (percussion), Tito (drums), Andres (bass), Jimi (organ) and Gonzaleo (guitar).