6/2/07 - Ronnie Lake,
Sea Devils and more in NYC
The June 2d SURF-ROCK SHINDIG, from my perspective anyway, was another blast
of live surf-music and related genre energy
Thanx to everyone who came out to support the cause and God bless the 4 bands
that played their hearts and fingers out!!
Todd Martin of Venice Beach Muscle Club fame
was, as I understand, a "new" drummer for THE SEA DEVILS; he'll be
splitting his time between both bands....he did a great job in his first
appearance with the band; I think I heard they only had a handful of
rehearsals; incidentally, the band was in top-form!! Dug 'The
Perfect Storm' duds on bassist Martin....doesn't get more oceanic than that!
Twin guitarists Michael Sandlin and Andrew Wendell
simply put....twanged with a passion...dug it immensely; these guys have
got to record and release a CD!!
THE CHASERS (from Rhode Island) trekked all the way from Maine; the long
drive didn't show in the energetic (as usual!) set they performed. Someone
in the band said between songs that they "giggled all week" in anticipation of
the SHINDIG. It showed, b/c their happy vibe spilled out all over the
room. I love these guys. They will be back in SEPTEMBER. I
love the way they mix up their set...especially the rockabilly tunes which mixes
quite well with surf.
RONNIE LAKE, leather-clad and simply kicking ass. Man, RONNIE, you blew
the bamboo off the walls baby! And special thanks to TRICIA (Patti)
TARANTINO for filling in on bass...her playing was spot-on, timed perfectly with
RONNIE's intense leads. Simply, great stuff!!
First-timers DUNGAREE DOGS NYC, local band, closed out the festivities.
Kinda punk-edged surf, with some pop, and other stuff thrown in. Special
thx to THE CHASERS for lending an amp to this band, last minute. Nice
Maybe others wanna comment as well?
And also a shout-out of love and thx to Nell and Steve at OTTO's SHRUNKEN
HEAD....God bless ya