9th Wave with NESMA honorary member Dick Dale, June 2006
Band name: 9th Wave, Northeast's premier Hot Rod Surf band
Genre: Hot Rod Surf (& spaghetti western, exotica, spy, lounge, etc.)
Geographical Area: Northeast U.S.
Interview with Mike Rosado on 1/2/07 - founder of NESMA as well as 9th Wave
Mike "Staccato" Rosado, lead surf guitar
Sandy "Oceana" Brooks, rhythm guitar, Farfisa organ, surf flute, saxophone, percussion (& vocals)
Negative Ed, bass (& vocals)
Tommy "Tsunami" Prince-Warinsky, drums
Rawles, drums (alternate)
been playing in various styles of bands since the late 80’s - punk and blues
with some surf standards mixed in, but I really got started after an accidental
fall from a 2-story roof in October of 1994. I realized after my accident (when
the fall didn’t kill me), I should have been writing and playing the music for
which I always had a passion - “Surf - Instrumental”. So, as I was recovering
from back surgery (L5, L4 & 4 cracked vertebras) during the start of winter
January 1995, 9th Wave was created. Starting out; we played coffee houses, art
opening shows, back yard parties and later the club scene.
3. What bands or music have influenced you most?
For the surf: Dick Dale, Ventures, Paul Johnson, The Chanteys, Belairs, Link Wray, Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Strait Jackets, Agent Orange, The Shadowy Men From a Shadowy Planet, Man or Astroman, The Fathoms, Joe Satriani, Al Di Meola, Satan's Pilgrims and others.
4. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
Currently, we’ll play 2 covers per set (of 15 tunes) the rest is our original
music. As far as recordings, I have always felt that our originals could stand
on their own - Cruising for Mako, Surf Denial, Hurricane,
and Time Tunnel are all original recordings. This past year, we started
playing the cover “Hot Line” and I have decided to record it and include it on
our new upcoming CD release Creepsters from the Deep (2007). The cover
tune will be duly licensed for use.
5. What recording have you done?
Cruising for Mako (all originals - 1998)
Surf Denial (all originals - 1999)
9th Wave Gets Sleazy (3-song original collector's edition, released for Sleazefest 2000);
Hurricane (all originals - 2000)
9th Wave Live at Daddy’s Music Cruise Night (2002)
Time Tunnel (all originals - 2003)
Upcoming - Creepsters from the Deep (10 originals, 1 cover - 2007)
tracks on various compilations, and
we've provided a soundtrack to a video
"Backyard Bike Builders". We've done some video performances that continue to be
aired - on various cable stations. Some others have used our music in video
6. What kind of gear do you use?
Fender Jazzmaster guitar(s), red sunburst; Fender reverb tank (reissue), 1970
Fender twin amp.
bass - Fender P-Bass Lyte, customized electronics w/ Seymour Duncan pickups,
paint by M. Rosado, Dick Dale autographed headstock, flat wound strings; #2
bass - Fender Mark Hoppus Sig. model bass (Seymour Duncan pickup, stock) w/ flat
wound strings; Amp - Ampeg VT-22 (100 W tube guitar amp w/ reverb, same as V-4)
into Music Man RH-115 cabinet.
Farfisa 1973(?) mini compact organ or VIP 233 (she has one from 1968 and one
from 1969); Fender Jaguar guitar red sunburst (reissue); Deford silver flute
(she prefers her Yamaha silver flute, but after one-too-many times having the
flute knocked over at shows, she saves it for recording); guitar & organ amp
(two channels) - Fender twin reverb 1998 reissue; Fender reverb tank (reissue);
Jupiter alto saxophone
Yamaha Drum kit (1980’s black Touring Series) 4 or 5 piece – 7” X 14"
chrome metal snare or 14" wood Tama snare, 14” & 13” toms, 16” floor, 22" bass
drum; Cymbals - Zildjian 20" Ping Ride cymbal, Zildjian 18" medium crash, 16”
light crash, one pr. Zildjian 14" Hi-hats and Vic Firth 7-7A wood tip sticks.
liquid portions range from PBR’s to micro brews, frequent Jagermeister (ice
cold) shots straight or mixed with Goldschlager, or tiki mixed cocktails such as
Zombies, Blue Tiki Waves, anything with Malibu, and so on.
9. What are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your
difficulty seems to be always changing, because the “live music scene” is in
constant flux. It seems the club owners who do not offer a diversity of music
are the most difficult to work with (like bars that only use 80s rock cover
bands for example) and the “how many people can you bring” question becomes more
of an issue. Other difficulties continue to plague bands of any type that
play mostly original music, competing with DJs (programmed music) or the
commercial music scene. Sometimes being an instrumental band can be an issue,
for those who feel music has to have vocals to be entertaining. We have about a
half dozen vocal tunes (a couple are even original!) we can throw in as
necessary/desired to bring the crowd along for the rest of the tunes.
Another attribute is that Oceana is a great player of many different instruments and is a classically trained musician who, in addition to 9th Wave, The Acoustic Surf Tones, go-go dancing with The Clams and her day job, is an orchestral flutist. In 2000, I had ideas for some flute tracks on our Hurricane CD. The flute is rarely used in surf-instrumentals, but Sandy added some tracks to Hurricane and the rest is history...
band's working attitude and tightness, our website (www.9thwavesurf.com),
our North East Surf Music Alliance members and supporters.
12. What’s the most interesting performance experience you’ve had?
Sleazefest (national, annual band festival in Chapel Hill NC) on the main stage - Negative Ed blew a flame (using 151% rum) that almost killed/burned some people
Opening for Dick Dale at Toad's Place 2003 - opening slot for about 300+ people; sold 35 copies of new release Time Tunnel
Torrington Motorcycle Association - in club house - steel protective cage for the band, with bikers throwing beer cans at us - full service bar. Indoor facilities consisted of indoor motorcycle parking, tattoo parlor, gift shop run by a guy named "Spider" (they supplied us all with very cool sweatshirts). We were told we were "true" and our music carried the spirit of the biker (picture the road warrior from the movie "Beyond the Thunderdome")
Losing the brakes on the band van in New York City’s Buckner’s Expressway (I-278) - we actually missed playing that show and had to send 5 people packing off to a sketchy South Bronx train station to get home since the tow truck wouldn't tow us all home in the van!
Burlington VT January 2003 (18 degrees below zero) Surf Night - packed with people wearing Hawaiian shirts!
And - the many surf nights with members and our good friends of the North East Surf Music Alliance and supporters
What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?
think of ourselves as ambassadors of surf – instrumental music, and we really
like meeting other bands on the road and talking with all the great people who
come out to support surf music. We take all of our show seriously and give it
our best no matter what, acting and dealing with issues in a professional
manner. Starting back around 1999 during our annual Sleazefest pre-show pool
parties to the present time, hosting pre-show dinner parties, we still continue
to host and enjoy sipping refreshments with fruit garnishes and drink umbrellas.
For our performances - stage shows, we’ll wear flamed shirts or Hawaiian prints
and often bring tiki torch lamps, which definitely adds to the festive
atmosphere. But the Aloha spirit isn’t just a gimmick; it’s a way of life (yes,
I do own 130+ Hawaiian shirts). We run our own record label; Beach House
Records; we get out to see other bands' surf shows; we continue the tradition at
home with tiki-god ceramic cocktail glasses, a collection of tiki mask-carvings,
surf show posters and photos of our guest and friends. Our door is always open
to bands that are on the road in our area, whether we’ve opened for them or not.
Live it, feel it and play it.