7/1/06 - TarantinosNYC,
Sea Devils in NYC
Monthly meeting of
Unsteady Freddie's Surf Shindig Club
For this club, you don't pay dues in dollar amounts, you just
join by showing up the first Saturday of each month. There is
the President, Sargeant-at-Arms and Historian, Unsteady Freddie,
who holds court each month at Otto's Shrunken Head and Tiki Bar.
The subjects discussed are, Surf Rock, of course. It was nice to
see 3/4ths of 9th Wave,
Mike Rosado, Sandy Brooks, Negative Ed, Mrs. Negative Ed, UF,
Patty, Dan, Mike S., others I forgot names of.
Last nights meeting was the freakin' firecracker on the Fourth
of July. There were four bands and first let me say I am sorry
that I had to miss the Sea Devils at the end of the night. My
loss I guess.
I caught the last 20 minutes of The TarantinosNYC. This was the
first time I have seen them and it wont be the last. Was the
song Bullwinkle Part II, I can't remember because it was like
driving a convertible with a ponytail and starting to nod on
smack. Gracious people them Tarantinos and I'd love to play a
show with them.
The Supertones. Sorry no cape and tights, but they were still
Super none the less. Of course Wingnut's Theme is what I came
The Isotopes. Are they like from the progeny of the Love
Canal/Three Mile Island enviromental disasters? It must be a
genetic mutation because they are really two bands. The first, a
nerdy surf band with a tastefull traditional sound. The second
is the hard-hitting all-out Thorium-fueled instro band
soundtrack for the go-go Lab Technician-ettes. (Note to self,
got to find really hot women to dance on stage when my band
plays just like the Isotopes do.) You can tell they put a lot of
work into their music and show. I enjoyed the show and have the
T-shirt to prove it.
So at about 2 something a.m. I had to get back on my Vintage
Japanese Twin Two-Smoke Motorcycle and head back the the less
eviromentally compromised Jersey suburbs. Once again I'm sorry I
missed the Sea Devils. Remember though the reason this "club"
meets the first Saturday is not for this (See enclosed pic.),
but to further the the art and science (as it applies to the
Isotopes) of Surf Rock here in the environmental wastelands of
the East Coast. Last nights action point: More go-go dancers!
- Bill M. of The Fin-Dicators
I have been remiss in posting my comments about last
weekend's Unsteady Freddie Surf Rock Shindig at Otto's Shrunken
Head Tiki Bar in NYC. I certainly enjoyed the show!
First up - the TarnatinosNYC. I missed the first tunes, but was
impressed by the stage presence and professionalism of the band,
as always. Every time I
see them they sound stronger. Patty takes center stage and plays
a mean "lead bass" - reminds me of Sean from the Atomic
Mosquitos, or Tony from SPF-4, all bass players who don't hide
in the back! Also loved the classic piano riffs played on
keyboard during Miserlou. You almost never hear anyone do those
standard riffs on this tune (including myself!), but it was
swell. Also, Patty & Paul are some of the most supportive NESMA
members - they attend MANY shows to see & support other bands.
Next up - The Supertones, in a somewhat rare live appearance.
These guys have many recordings out over the years, being around
as they have been since 1988. It's a treat to see them live, and
they had the new addition of a tenor sax. I look forward to
future incarnations of some of the sax parts - how about giving
the lady a few leads? She can really play. I understand a new
Supertones recording is in the works - look for that soon.
The big surprise of the night for me was The Isotopes, all the
way from Rochester NY. They were the only band on the bill I had
never seen live before. I knew about their geek-chemist schtick
from their website, and videos and music posted there, but was
not prepared for the onslaught of very professional-sounding,
VERY entertaining full stage show & musical experience they
provided! First, they dress & act the part of scientists gone
made. Four guys in the band, plus computer dude controlling (I
think) lights and sound effects from a laptop (including amusing
and sometimes lewd pre-recorded comments between tunes). Also
stage props, like a bubbling cauldron of something radioactive,
lights, etc. Then for selected numbers, 2 dancers joined them on
stage, first in lab coats and geek-glasses, then in hot outfits,
with well-choreographed dance moves (I understand they perform
with up to 4 dancers at a time - see video clips on their
Then, of course, there's the music. You might think they were
all show, but NO. The music was great. They proved their roots
early on with Perfidia - done very trad-style, and sounded
GREAT! Then they went on to a bunch of other stuff, including
new original tunes such as Mr. Sparkle and Biclops. Harder and
faster as the set progressed, but always very musical. I'm sure
they could play any style they want - VERY impressive. I
certainly hope we can entice The Isotopes out of Rochester more
often, or else I'm just going to have to make some road trips...
If you can see these guys - DO IT.
Finally, it was getting late and I had a 3 hour trip back home
to CT still staring me in the face. I was only able to catch a
few tunes of The Sea Devils from
Brooklyn - hope to catch them again soon at another NYC venue.
Thanks to Unsteady Freddie for another wonderful show. Even on a
holiday weekend (there were a lot of fireworks displays
scheduled that Sat. night - but the real fireworks were at
Otto's!), there was a good crowd of surf music enthusiasts, as
usual for the first Sat. of the month Surf Rock Shindigs at
Otto's. Try to get to the August 5th show for another all-NESMA
night with The Clams, The Howlin' Thurstons, The Outpatients,
and Ronnie Lake (all the way from MN).
Sandy, 9th Wave & NESMA