Watang! Is a surf-instro project led by El Sentenza, former banjo player from the Legendary Kid Combo, together with Marla’O, guitar player from the all-female Italian garage queens The Cleopatras. This project was born in the summer of 2013, with the help of Barba San, from the Italian beat band The Albinos, Cecilia Ann, famous bass based independent songwriter and Mimmi, one of the best and eclectic jazz drummers of the Garda Lake area. The former idea was to create a standard surf combo, then after a couple of weeks in the basement, the project took a different shape, mixing the musical tastes of all the musicians involved. The original surf sound took a different direction, moving towards the surf revival of the 90’s, the garage beat revival, and the traditional Oriental melodies from the Far East area. All the imaginary and the artwork was inspired by the oriental Z movies, martial arts and fancied mysterious stories from ancient east. The band wear original Kung Fu kimonos and the (dragon) ladies are dressed like famous almond eyed movies star actresses. Main influences are bands like The Bomboras, Ghastly Ones, Satan’s Pilgrims, mixed with The Ventures, Takeshi Terauchi, The Fuzztones, Gravedigger V, Roky Erikson, The Pixies, The Cramps, Link Wray, Johnny Thunders, Dick Dale, Question Mark and the Mysterians.
This first rate Italian Garage/Surf band comes with their own brand of wyld instrumental kink, mixed the influences of The Bomboras, Fuzztones, The Ventures and Dick Dale with bloody Far East vibes. Hi-Profilic Reverb/Fuzz/Organ driven tunes as ya all wanna meet here on Surfadelic. Their sound creates a cinematic surf experience like it was made for some lost 70’s Hong Kong Kung-Fu flick, alternative soundtrack for “Enter the Dragon” or some Takashi Miike KILLER extravaganza. One of the best new surfin’ stuff I heard lately, so don’t you dare miss it! Say… WATANG!