The King of the surf guitar is dead. He was a strange and in many ways dislikeable character. But he transformed electric guitar playing - marrying the brand new Fender Stratocaster to a spring reverb box and super-powered amplifiers and using techniques derived from the Arabian lute. Even late in life, the power of his playing was extraordinary. We were first blown away by that opening roar of Miserlou sitting in the cinema watching Pulp Fiction in 1995 - and it changed our lives.
And a heckin' good time was had by all. Thanks again SurfaRosa. That place combines friendliness with competence in delightful harmony. And the audience feels it. Thanks also to Surface of the Sun for opening for us with some slinky '70s sounds rarely heard in Cape Town. We'll be back at the Sound Studio next week to try out some new moves. Watch this space.
Scientists have uncovered an ancient connection between surf guitar and heavy metal...including a bunch of hitherto unknown classic Norwegian surf acts like The Burzums, The Mayhems, and The Darkthrones. What do you think of this sinister link between the happiest music of Summer, and those cave-dwelling heavy metal goblins?
People don't always recognise that to get great bands that people are mad to see, you need loads of venues that put on crap bands. It's really a numbers game. Authorities in many cities favour the residents who are bothered by the noise because there's no economically viable music scene. Meanwhile, the reason there's no economically viable music scene is that young bands don't have anywhere to become good. Places like Britain and Ontario Canada have realised that if you make it easy for live music, it rapidly becomes a valuable economic sector that creates a mass of support jobs. Meanwhile, in places like Sydney Australia, cops shut down venues while shaking their heads and wondering where the vibrant music scene went.
We in Krakatoa refuse to support local music. We go and see bands because they kick ass and it's crazy good fun. Saturday was no exception. The Durban bands were knock-outs. The Stand-out was Hadeda - a two-piece psych-rock outfit with a candy-apple red Fender Jaguar busting out bass and guitar octaves at the same time, and a drummer who hammered away like an Orangutan. Not a flip-flop to be seen. I dunno what's going on in Durban, but *something* is happening there. We bumped into André from Medicine Boy - probably the best new-era psychedelic band in South Africa. And The Thirty Eights - our brothers in surf-guitar - impressed the hell out of a bunch of Californians we roped in from an international TV production. I hope there'll be a bunch more of these daytime braai and dynamite music events at Surfa Rosa in the future. So don't support local music. Support your life in Cape Town by going to shows and having a ball.
We've got plans for the weekend... Gonna head to Surfa Rosa at midday (maybe stopping briefly at Lefties for RIBZ) to check out surf guitar comrades The Thirty Eights and a line up of Captonian and Durban bands (they'll be the ones in flip-flops holding bunny-chows... we assume). We hope to see you there in that great Tiki themed venue where we'll be soakin' up the craft beer and maybe a Mai-tai or two. (sharing as an image, because FB doesn't like to share events)
Get in that weekend mood (long weekend in South Africa) by taking in some Hawaiian steel guitar music. *Putting the YT link in the first comment* to try prevent FB from hiding it from you. Put it on in the background and feel the Polynesian sounds flow through you. This Hawaiian style of playing American guitars with a steel bar set off a craze throughout the coloniser country that led directly to the blues slide guitar phenomenon. And it's still alive and well today. And the very first guitars with electric pickups were lap guitars for playing Hawaiian style.