This project is a love letter to Santa Cruz /Capitola where I learned to surf, to our awe inspiring life giving oceans and the signature surf sound of California where we grew up. I know of no other activity that spawned its own musical genre. While Surf Music's moment in the sun was brief its influence on American music and culture is indelible.
In this album we pay tribute to the surf music pioneers as we reinterpret their signature sounds to hopefully inspire a renewed respect for their work and most importantly an appreciation of our dying oceans and the natural world. Surf music and cleaning our oceans just seemed to go together well.
We hope this project can provide you with even a small percentage of the joy it was for us to make. Even on a weighty topic like our polluted dying oceans made during a pandemic in a time of global divisiveness there is just something about this campy corney style and instrumentation that served as a wonderful distraction of levity from all that was the last 18 months.
Thank you 2020 for sucking so badly and forcing this needed distraction on us. Thank you David Gibbons for volunteering your editing time, Ralph Richbourg for the super cool logo, Tim Darrow for the loan of a 12 string guitar. Special thanks to our families, friends and colleagues for their support and encouragement. Thank you.
This no budget album was just about making some music with friends and hoping to do some good with it. This turned out to be very much a "2020 lockdown project" with each of us in entirely separate states recording our parts in the isolation of our own home studios for the vast majority of it.
Once we settled on Surf music for the Surfrider Foundation I made a playlist of some of my favorites from this genre on which to go to school, The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Dick Dale, Jan and Dean, Jack Nitzsche, The Marketts, Sentinels and more. We also wanted to infuse a bit of contemporary aesthetic and sensibilities. So if I was able I included production ideas from Eric Valentine and bands like JellyFish. With a major tip of the cap to Carol Kaye I wanted the bass and drums to sound as full as a modern pop rock album. I wanted the guitars and keys to cary the vintage vibe and color and for the vocals to be fresh yet familiar if possible. The songwriting and arrangements were meant to keep you guessing about the origins of inspiration. You'll have to be the judge if we pulled that off. Thanks for listening. A full break down of how the recording was done and the toys we used, from apps to amps is available on a page I call the nerd knobs. If you have more questions feel free to send us an email.