Surfing with the Volcaniks

Listen to our “surfumentary” here!

The Volcaniks gave us a fascinating insight into the history of surf music. Andrew, Mike and Matt came into chat about their up coming Ep and told us all about what is really a little known and under-represented genre in the Australian music scene.

The Mornington Peninsula based four-piece love to to get out into the surf themselves. Mike told us how many surfers care for protecting clean oceans. No one wants to swim in  raw sewage!

We learned that Leo Fender invented the reverb pedal which added a “wet” sound to the genre in the 50s. Surf music also paved the way for “garage” style music. Mike controversially said that The Beatles killed off surf music in the 60s, with the  introduction of vocals and beat bands.

Surf music is all about the “shredding” sound of waves and water. It can also sound a bit “psycho”  with its reverb sound, which is why Tarantino chose the sound for his films.

We heard about some of the important names of the genre, including Dick Dale, who brought a Middle Eastern sound with minor scales into the music, as well as The Atlantics and Martin Cilia in Australia.

Mike said that when The Volcanics play live, people aren’t used to hearing the sound of surf music, and it usually takes a while before the audience understands it. I can vouch for this band…it’s impossible to sit still as one of their gigs! You just have get up and dance!

The Volcanics will be playing live at Luwow on Smith Street, with the Hills’ institution, Wild Turkey, on 21st September. You can also catch them at the Great Britain in Richmond on October 6th.

Go there and dance!


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