We hope the year is off to a good start for you all, and that you've had a chance to take stock of 2018! It was a very good year for us, with our new live album "Center of the Surf" garnering many highly positive reviews and comments, and the band playing some incredible shows, including The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Asbury Park Summer Festival in Asbury Park, NJ, The Makahiki in Indianapolis, and ending with another wonderful Christmas show at Tip Top Deluxe in Grand Rapids, MI, which has turned into a seasonal tradition by now!
We were also extremely glad to be able to be part of two other great 2018 releases: 1) the amazing "Reverb Nation: Live at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention" CD, to which we contributed two exclusive tracks, "Caravela" and "Farthest Shore" (go here to order); and 2) the brand new "Stand Up, Stand Up for P.J." tribute CD to the mighty - and mightily wonderful! - Paul Johnson, one of the pioneers of this amazing music that exerts some sort of a unbreakable grip on so many of us! Paul founded (along with Eddie Bertrand) the Belairs, commonly thought to be the first surf band ever, and then went on to play both lead and rhythm guitar with PJ & the Galaxies, the Challengers, the Good Guys, Davie Allan and the Arrows, and a slew of other surf and rock instrumental bands. He shaped this music as much as anybody, both through his highly-influential rhythm guitar playing and even more his super-creative songwriting, which always avoided cliches. He wrote MANY iconic songs, including two that are about as important as it gets in this genre: "Mr. Moto" and "Squad Car", of course. He was a massive influence on bands like the Chantays (whose biggest hit "Pipeline" would clearly not exist without "Mr. Moto") and even the Beach Boys - who at one point in the mid-'60s even asked Paul to join them, but he turned them down, intent on following his own Muse. Probably the most remarkable thing about Paul is that he returned to this music in the '80s and continued to fly its flag as enthusiastically as *anybody* - including always being willing to participate in any surf show in the SoCal area to which he was invited AND lending his support and even imprimatur to younger surf bands! He personally paid attention to them and always was sure to show his gratitude that they were carrying on this special music, despite all the odds. He truly IS a humble giant! And, fittingly, his musical children today span the globe! For all these reasons (and *many* others), we jumped at the chance to contribute a track when the producer of the CD Dan Forte (AKA Teisco Del Rey) invited us, recording PJ's fantastic song "Lanky Bones", best known in the Eddie & the Showmen version, but in our opinion sounding even better with Paul himself playing the lead with both PJ & the Galaxies and the Good Guys/The Challengers! All the proceeds of this very special comp are going to help cover Paul's medical costs as he recovers from bone marrow surgery. To order a copy for yourself, either send a check for $20 (shipping included) to Dan Forte, 211 W. Columbia St., Weatherford, TX 76086 (make it out to "Dan Forte F.B.O. Paul Johnson"), or PayPal $20 to email@example.com We hope you pick it up and pay tribute to one of the all-time great surf musicians, as well as help out a truly good person who has selflessly given much of himself through the years. (Here we are playing "Lanky Bones" in Patrick's basement soon after recording it: video)
We have a lot more to look forward to in 2019, including our first show of the year, at our home base Melody Inn in Indy, playing a ska/surf show two days after Valentine's Day, so grab your significant other and extend your romantic celebrations by enjoying some superfun live music! 2019 will also mark the band's 15th anniversary and we're working on a couple of special things to commemorate it, so stay tuned! We also have many irons in the fire for shows this year, some of which should be pretty special. So, hope to see you at some point this year - may it be a great one for you, and may the winter come to a quick end!
On October 4th, the long-running Surfabilly Freakout radio show on WEFT in Champaign, IL, devoted its entire hour to "Center of the Surf", interviewing Ivan about the album and playing several tracksfrom it. You can now hear it below as well as on our Press page. In addition, there is a brand new - and pretty great! - article on the current surf music scene written by Steve J. and published on Medium.com. It features extensive quotes by Ivan as well as our surf comrades-in-arms Ferenc Dobronyi (Frankie & the Pool Boys), Lorenzo Valdambrini (Surfer Joe), Frankie Delatorre (the Volcanics), James Bacchi (Tikiyaki 5-0; The Tikiyaki Orchestra) and Nicole Damoff (The Surfrajettes). Check 'em out, we think you'll enjoy them!
We just received a fantastic review of our "Center of the Surf" CD by the long-running UK surf/instro zine Pipeline Instrumental Review!! Big thanks to Alan Taylor!! (Check out the whole thing below.) The Pipeline Editors' Playlist also has "Center of the Surf" tied for 1st place with the reissue of Jon and the Nightriders' ultra-classic 1981 live album "Live At Whisky a Go Go" and Frankie & The Pool Boys' sure-to-soon-be ultra-classic of surf music, "Spin The Bottle"! So happy to be able to share this honor with our good friends Ferenc Dobronyi and John Blair (whose new epic anthology double-CD is also on the list, at number 6 - and who, of course, also played on "Center of the Surf"!), as well as with Double Crown Records, who released ours and Frankie's CDs!
Center of the Surf now (finally!) available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Pandora (as well as CDBaby and Double Crown Records, of course). We ran into some unexpected trouble with the new digital licensing requirements, but it's all now fixed! If you haven't yet picked it up, NOW is the time! You won't be sorry, we guarantee it!
We hope you're having a wonderful summer - and listening to a lot of surf music, the best music for the summer, of course! And we also hope that our new live CD, "Center of the Surf", has been one of your favorites this summer! You may have heard about the manufacturing glitch that forced us to delay the release of the CD by two weeks, until May 8th. That glitch has unfortunately also significantly delayed the availability of the digital downloads of the album, but we're extremely excited to be able to finally announce that those are now available at CDBaby.com, and will very soon also be available on Amazon, iTunes, etc. Sorry about the delay, but still plenty of summer left to enjoy this release if you prefer to download (or stream) rather than buy CDs.
And enjoy it you WILL, if the first two formal reviews of "Center of the Surf" are anything to go by: Storm Surge of Reverb and Progarchy are complimentary to the max! (Check out their summaries towards the top of our home page.)
We're also very happy to announce that the two 'missing' tracks from our Surf Guitar 101 2017 Convention appearance ("Caravela" and "Farthest Shore") WILL be appearing on the "Reverb Nation" compilation, coming out shortly! Here's the announcement by John Blair: "Last year's SG101 Convention, as many of you know, was professionally recorded by THREE-TIME Grammy Award winning producer and engineer, Mark Linett. He mixed and produced 27 tracks by 15 bands that are represented on "Reverb Nation: Live at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention." The CD will arrive in time for this year's Convention on August 4. This CD presents some of the best contemporary instrumental surf music, with wide distribution by Entree Records, a division of Sierra Records, that hopefully will reach the ears of the non-initiated around the country and world."
Finally, we have some absolutely amazing shows coming up! But first, we should mention that we had the time of our lives at The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, FL in early June. It was a (surf!) party for the ages, with a very large and very enthusiastic audience, some of the very best modern surf bands (including Los Straitjackets, the Exotics, The Intoxicators, Black Flamingos, The Martian Denny Orchestra, and more!), and organizers that couldn't have treated us any better! Thank you to ALL at The Hukilau for a truly wonderful experience! And we have more wonderful experiences to come, in particular our first time at one of the greatest surf parties in the world: the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival on Saturday, August 18th!!! We'll be joining an out-of-this-world lineup of Satan's Pilgrims, Surfer Joe, The Coffin Daggers, Frankie & The Pool Boys, The Volcanics The Black Flamingos, Les Agamemnonz, The Sufrajettes, and many more!! Wow is about the only thing to be said in response to THAT! We also just added a show in Philadelphia (at a club with the greatest name EVER - Kung Fu Necktie!) the night before Asbury Park, with Surfer Joe and the Primitve Finks, as a bit of a warm-up. Exactly four weeks after Asbury Park we are very happy to be returning to the "Makahiki - A Night of Tiki" event in Indianapolis, on Saturday, September 15th - now significantly expanded (at the Slovenian National Home) and also featuring the Martian Denny Orchestra and the Dyes! Finally, we'll be returning to Tip Top Deluxe in Grand Rapids with the local heroes the Concussions and America's favorite Shadows-tribute band the Troubadours for a repeat of the truly wonderful show there last December! So, a lot of great stuff to look forward to!
We leave you with another video edited together by Patrick, this one accompanying "Tribal Fury" from "Center of the Surf". Enjoy and have a great rest of your summer - hopefully with "Center of the Surf" as its soundtrack! And hope to see you in Asbury Park, Philadelphia, Indianapolis or Grand Rapids in the next few months!
We are extremely excited to announce the release of "Center of the Surf" (Double Crown Records), our second live album, this one recorded at the 10th Surf Guitar 101 Convention at the Alpine Village in Torrance, CA on August 5th, 2017. It was recorded and mixed by Mark Linett, triple-Grammy-winning producer and audio engineer who has worked with a long list of legendary artists, among them the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, Los Lobos, Jane's Addiction, and Los Straitjackets. (See here for the full accounting of his many accomplishments). The tracklist is focused on the songs from our most recent studio album, "Ancient Winds", and we were also joined for the final three tracks of the set by the legendary surf guitarist and surf music historian John Blair (Jon & the Nightriders) on second rhythm guitar, as well as Jonpaul Balak (Insect Surfers, the Tikiyaki Orchestra, Tikiyaki Five-O, DJ at Fiberglass Jungle on Luxuria Music) on second bass guitar, making for an epic six-person line-up and a sound that can only be described as extraordinary in its scope! The cover and the CD package were designed by Stephen Blickenstaff, the well-known artist behind dozens of album covers (and many other artistic endeavors), including most famously "Bad Music for Bad People" by the Cramps.
Check out this brand new video, once again ably edited by Patrick, accompanying the live version of "Leviathan" from the "Center of the Surf" CD: https://youtu.be/UfOm_3UBKCw
The CD will be available for mail-order from Double Crown Records on April 24th, but we will have it available at our two CD-release shows next weekend, at Melody Inn in Indianapolis on Friday, 4/20, and the Player's Pub in Bloomington, IN on Saturday, 4/21 (as well as Southgate Revival in Cincinnati on Saturday, 5/5). We hope you can join us for these all-surf shows - see more details here.
Finally, we're also thrilled to announce that the compilation album of the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention will be released by Sierra Records in July, and it will include two exclusive tracks by us, recorded at the convention but only available on this compilation. All the tracks on the compilation were again recorded and mixed by Mark Linett. Stay tuned for more info about this exciting release.
We hope you pick up and enjoy "Center of the Surf" and that we see you at one of our many upcoming shows in the next six months, whether in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, or Florida and New Jersey! Have a wonderful Spring and Summer!
We hope your new year is off to a great start! Ours certainly is! We've got a lot of exciting news to share, some of which you may have already seen on Facebook if you've 'liked' us there (and if you haven't, why haven't you?? :) ).
First, we're extremely excited to announce that we will be releasing a new live CD in late April! It was recorded at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention in Torrence, CA by Mark Linett, the three-time Grammy-winning producer and engineer who has worked with the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Los Lobos, Frank Zappa, and many others. Mark also mixed the album, which will feature John Blair and Jonpaul Balak guesting on three songs and a tracklist focused on the "Ancient Winds" album. We feel like we really captured lightning in the bottle with this set and cannot wait to make it available to you all!
Second, there is also a compilation album in the works featuring live recordings of the bands that played the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention! More info on this to follow, but this is going to be one amazing album!
Third, we already have many live appearances scheduled for this year, including two high-profile ones: First, The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the second-largest exotica & tiki festival in the US, on June 7th & 8th, where we'll be playing with Los Straitjackets, Martian Denny Orchestra, The Exotics, and many others! This is a full-on three-day party, and we're thrilled to be part of it for the first time! Second, on August 18th we will play the incredible Asbury Park Surf Music Festival in New Jersey, held on the beach! Vincent Minervino has been working very hard for the past several years to turn this into one of the greatest surf music festivals in the world, with an attendance of 1000+ last year! And we'll be playing with an unbelievable list of surf bands, including our friends Satan's Pilgrims, Surfer Joe, Frankie & the Pool Boys, the Coffin Daggers and Vincent's own fantastic band Black Flamingos! This is going to be a surf party for the ages!
Prior to these two epic shows, we're very happy to have a chance to play a handful of shows much closer to home in April and May, including the live CD release show at our home-away-from-home, Melody Inn in Indy, on April 20th, followed by shows in Bloomington, IN, Cincinnati, OH (actually Newport, KY) and even Kalamazoo, MI! We have some other shows in the works at the moment, so please keep an eye on our Gigs page and like us on Facebook, if you haven't yet, to get all the up-to-date info.
Finally, Ivan's former band the Space Cossacks have just announced that they will be reuniting (for only the third time since 2000) to play the Surfer Joe Festival in Livorno, Italy on June 23rd, followed by a short European tour. For more details, please visit their Facebook page.
2018 is shaping up to be one of the record books! We hope to see many of you at our upcoming shows! Stay tuned for more info about the live CD and the upcoming comp.
Wishing you a wonderful year ahead, and hope we all get through the winter unscathed - just six more weeks!
We have finally added information on purchasing the new Ancient Winds LP and the Stephen-Blickenstaff-designed Ancient Winds t-shirt to our Buy page. If you haven't yet picked up either, please consider doing so ASAP - there are NOT many blue translucent LPs or t-shirts left at this point!
We had an amazing time at the 10th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention, and are very grateful to all those that came to see us! Our set at Saturday's main event was a real scorcher and we were truly fortunate that it was captured 'on tape' by the triple-Grammy-winning producer Mark Linett (The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many, many more)! We are now working on releasing this recording (also to be mixed by Linett) next year - stay tuned for more info on that.
Finally, we'll be playing one more show this year - Saturday, December 9th at Tip Top Deluxe in Grand Rapids with our good friends the Concussions! Ivan's and Dane's Shadows tribute band (with Ivan Sr. on rhythm guitar) the Troubadours will also be playing that show! We really hope you can join us for that.
We have a couple of other exciting announcements in the pipeline that we can't wait to share with you, so please keep an eye on this page! Until then, enjoy the Fall!
We hope you've been having a wonderful summer (or, if you're in the southern hemisphere, a nice winter) so far. We have some exciting news to report! Two years after the release of the Ancient Winds CD, the album is about to be released in the LP form! This is our first vinyl release - but hopefully not last. There will be a limited number of LPs on translucent blue vinyl, too. The LP was made possible by Chris Foresman and Multipurpose Records, to who we are VERY grateful! Big thanks also to Ferenc Dobronyi for redesigning the album artwork for the LP; Tom Borthwick for mastering the album for vinyl, and Sean Berry and Double Crown Records for their cooperation with the whole venture!
Along with the new LP, we have a brand new Ancient Winds t-shirt, once again designed by the one-and-only, the super-talented Stephen Blickenstaff whom we our honored to have as friend!
Both of these will be available this weekend at the 10th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention, where we will be playing TWO sets, with no overlap between them: our usual high-energy set on Saturday, at the main event at the Alpine Village in Torrance, CA; and our trad-surf/mellow/exotica set on Sunday at Surf Dog's in Huntington Beach, CA. This will be our third appearance at the SG101 convention (the first two being in '08 and '12), and we are thrilled to be returning and playing with some of the greatest surf bands of the past 20 years, including the Kilaueas from Germany, the El Caminos from Japan, as well as our friends the Exotics, Insect Surfers, Atomic Mosquitos, the Mystery Men, and many many more! See [here for more details](https://www.facebook.com/SG101Convention/). We hope to see many of you out there!
Finally, we're also very excited to announce that we will be playing at the great Radio Radio venue in Indianapolis on Friday, September 1st for the very first time ever! Our Indiana fans will be able to buy both the LP and the t-shirts in person at this show. This will also likely be our last show for the year, so make sure you don't miss it!
(For those unable to make any of these shows, stay tuned for the instructions on how to order the LP and/or the t-shirt by mail.)
Have a great rest of the summer, and we hope you like both the LP and the t-shirt!
We're extremely happy to announce that the Madeira will be playing two shows for the 10th Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention - August 5th in Torrance, CA, and August 6th in Huntington Beach, CA, along with some of the greatest surf bands in the world today, The Kilaueas, The EXOTICS, Insect Surfers, The Huntington Cads, The El Caminos, Atomic Mosquitos, The Mystery Men?, and many, many more! We will be playing entirely different setlists at the two shows, no overlap whatsoever, so make sure you catch both! Check out our Shows page for all the details. BIG thanks to Jeff Hanson aka Big Tiki Dude for putting together another incredible convention (now extended to the entire weekend, for the first time ever!) and for inviting us - we cannot wait! (This will be our third convention, after playing the first one in '08 and then again in '12. It's a true pleasure to be returning once again.)
But we haven't forgotten about our Indiana and Ohio fans - we've got Bloomington and Indy shows with the mighty Coffin Daggers from NYC coming up in less than three weeks, and we are also excited to return to Cincinnati in May. We'll also be playing Radio Radio at the Fountain Square in Indianapolis for the first time in September! (Again, check out our Shows page for all the details.)
Due to unceasing efforts of an Aussie fan of the Madeira by the name of Garry Roach, our song "The Argonaut" (co-written with Jim Skiathitis, lead guitarist of the legendary Aussie surf band The Atlantics) will be aired on Australian radio on Friday, April 14th, 5.00-7:00 PM Sydney time, on "Cosmic Cowboy Cafe" hosted by Eddie White! (streaming live www.2rrr.org.au) Every show Eddie the DJ plays something completely different from its country format - and you can't get much more different than "The Argonaut"! Tune in, check it out, and spread the word!
Finally, Ivan and Dane will once again be touring with the Blair-Pongracic Band, playing across the Eastern seaboard of the US for the first time this June! Joining again with John Blair, the legendary surf guitarist, surf music historian and leader of the highly influential Jon & the Nightriders, and Jeremy DeHart of North Carolina's greatest surf band the Aqualads on bass, they will play a setlist filled with classic surf songs by Jon & the Nightriders, the Madeira, the Space Cossacks and a few surprises. They previously played the 2015 Surfer Joe Surf Festival in Italy (after which the festival organizer Lorenzo Valdambrini declared "It is without any doubt that the highlight of the festival was the Blair-Pongracic Band"), followed by a tour of Spain, and then a handful of shows in California last summer (after their show at Winters Tavern in Pacifica, Jello Biafra, the iconic frontman of Dead Kennedys and long-time surf music aficionado, declared it the best surf music show he had ever seen). Don't miss them if they come anywhere near you!
June 16 (Fr) - Atlanta, GA - Star Bar w/ The Mystery Men? and The Surge June 17 (Sa) - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor w/ Aqualads & Phatlynx June 18 (Su) - Carrboro, NC - The Station w/ Phatlynx and El Mirage June 19 (Mo) - Washington, DC - Hill country BBQ/DC w/ Atomic Mosquitos June 20 (Tu) - Long Branch, NJ - The Brighton Bar w/ The Coffin Daggers and Blue Wave Theory June 21 (We) - Brooklyn, NY - Lucky 13 Saloon w/ The Coffin Daggers June 22 (Th) - Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog w/ Surfer Rex & The Kahuna Kings June 23 (Fr) - Cincinnati, OH - Urban Artifact w/ The AmpFibians and Grateful Surf June 24 (Sa) - Indianapolis, IN - Melody Inn w/ The Katatonics and Thee Aquaholics
Have a wonderful Spring and Summer, and we hope to see you somewhere along the line!