“The Growlers” tour through San Francisco. Filmed by jackcolemanphoto.com
Allah Las is a Los Angeles based band formed in 2008. Members of the surf city revisited covering the greater LA area. Throwback sounds of “The Old, Weird America”. A 1960s type of West Coast harmony coupled with surf tune breezes rambling though a thick psychedelic garage fuzz.
“We like future music. I like what people from the 60’s thought the future was going to sound like. What happened to that future?” – Pedrum Siadatian (electric guitar, vocals)
The Babies. Side project of Woods bassist Kevin Morby, featuring Vivian Girls Cassie Ramone, and Justin Sullivan, drummer for Brooklyn band Bossy.
It’s a shambling mix of guitar-pop hooks and low-fi surf sounds straddling the line between the Vivians’ garage pop vibe and the Woods’ alt-country stoner-folk melodies.
With a recent surge of throwback surf music, I decided to revisit the audio archives to find proper examples of authentic roots. I stumbled upon some old records I haven’t listened to in awhile, mainly Dick Dale and the Del-Tones.
Context. The surf sound originated in SOCAL and rivaled the pop-rock of the East Coast which was dominated by songs about puppy love and teen dances. Even though still a type of pop music, surf bands represented a turn to the older rock traditions by playing their own instruments instead of opting for a full pledge orchestra. The guitar style became the foundation. The distinctive wavering sound came from plucking tighter strings close to the bridge resulting in a strong, nasal sounding attack layered with amped vibrato effects.
Surf guitar and Dick Dale are synonymous with each other, and he championed the nickname, “King of the Surf Guitar”. Dick Dale invented and pioneered the ‘surf’ sound in the 1950s encapsulating Middle East and Eastern European melodies. The surf-rock sound pulsated into the mainstream in the early 1960s with signature Fender reverb, loud fast alternate Staccato picking, and big punch thickness. Dig it!