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MODERN BRAZILIAN SURF INSTRUMENTAL BANDS
1) BÚFALOS D’ÁGUA
They are a surf instrumental band located in Londrina, Paraná 500 Km (312 miles)
from the Atlantic Ocean. In spite of this distance, this group knows how to surf and
how to play surf music! The band started in 1997. In their beginning, their sound
was influenced by punk bands such as The Vibrators, The Buzzcocks and The Clash.
However, after one year playing together, the Londrina’s surf band moved to surf
instros. They invited a saxophone player to join the group and recorded their first
album on CD titled “Ocean”, a mix of surf music and punk rock. After recording
their first CD, the Búfalos D’Água sound has changed influenced by the music of
The Ventures, Dick Dale and The Astronauts. Their second album on CD shows this
change. Issued in late 2001, the CD titled “Pacific Hell” shows a tighter band, with
a more pure surf music sound, well rehearsed, with nice guitar riffs. The current
group line up is Eduardo Victor (lead guitar), Lucas Ricardo (drums), Fábio da
Cunha (sax) and Marcelo Leite (bass).
1) CD “Ocean”, 11 instro tracks, GH001, 2000.
2) CD “Pacific Hell”, 14 instro tracks
CDs available through the band.
Web site: http://www.bufalosdagua.hpg.com.br
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This band was created in 1997, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
(located 400 km from the sea) with the purpose to play surf instros
and old rock and roll tunes. They started their career playing in local
bars and nightclubs. During the Man or Astroman? Brazilian tour (on
1998), they opened the show of this famous US surf band, in Belo
Horizonte, with a packed audience. On 1999 they did a nice
presentation during the “Psycho Attack Over BH”, a local battle of
bands festival of surf and punk bands. In 1999, the group recorded
their first CD titled "Estrume'n'tal Encontra o ET de Varginha"
recorded live with some classic surf instrumentals plus some songs
composed by the group's musicians. Their current sound is influenced
by bands like Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Cramps, Bo Diddley, Billy
Childish, Link Wray, Ventures, Jet Blacks, Man or Astro-Man?, etc.
Their line up is Fred Maia (bass), Lino Rodrigues (Guitar), Guilherme
Mendes (Guitar), and Claudio Rocha (drums).
1) CD "Estrume'n'tal Encontra o ET de Varginha", 1999 (available
through the band)
Web site: www.aobra.com.br/estrume
3) THE GASOLINES
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The band started their activities in 1993 as a trio (guitar, drums and
bass) playing rockabilly, surf instrumentals and rock and roll from
50s. After some line up changes, they recorded their first demo
album on 1996 (“Wild & Primitive”) with a very limited pressing. The
band added some percussion, to get a little bit of a Latin flavour in
their sound. Since then their repertoire is composed only of surf and
rock instrumentals with Latin and Brazilian musical influences. Their
second CD, titled “Sonido de la Frontera”(Sound of The Frontier)
issued on 1998 shows the band's new sound directions. Their third CD
titled “La Shereefa”, was issued on 2000 and shows a more rehearsed
band, with great guitar riffs and some excellent instros composed by
the group musicians. On their last (3rd) album on CD, the band
included some Spanish songs ("Gaspacho", "Hotel Loneliness" and
"Malagenã"), with clever arrangements, mixing the surf music with
the sound of the traditional Flamenco guitar sound. The Gasolines
used to tour in São Paulo and other near cities and their current line
is Alexandre Kanashiro (guitar), Fábio Barbosa (drums), Cesar Vaz
(bass) and Gustavo Barreto (drums, percussion).
1) CD “Sonido de la Frontera”, 14 all instrumental tracks, issued on
2000, with some self penned compositions plus some known
instrumentals as Jack The Ripper, Baja, Take Five, The Victor,
Rumble. Nice playing, clever arrangements, pure surf music with a
strong latin music influence.
2) CD “La Shereefa”, 14 all instrumental tracks, issued on 2001, with
strong influence of the Spanish music, mainly from Andalusia region.
The group mixed a reverberant surf music sound with the Flamenco
acoustic guitars to make a unique instrumental sound.
Both CDs are available only through the band.
Web site: http://gasolines.hypermart.net
4) OS NETUNOS (THE NEPTUNES)
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Composed of four musicians who were born in the 1970s, well after
the surf music boom in the early 60s, the Netunos sound is influenced
by the old (and good!) surf instros played by Dick Dale, The
Centurions, The Surfaris, The Beach Boys, etc., as well as by some
more modern surf and groups/artists as Man or Astroman?, Brian
Setzer, Dead Kennedy, Stray Cats, etc. The Netunos was created on
June 1999, but the current line up is from 2000, when the band
participated in the First Surf Battle of Bands of Minas Gerais, in the
city of Belo Horizonte and in the 6th Noise Festival of Goiania city
(the most famous local independent rock band festival) on November
2000. Their current line up is Carlão (rhythm guitar), João Paulo
(lead guitar) and Tito (bass).
1) demo cassette “1961”(recorded in 2000) and available only
through the group.
Web site: http://netunos.cjb.net
5) OS OSTRAS (THE OYSTERS)
Os Ostras (The Oysters) is a vocal/instrumental surf band created in
1994 by 3 musicians from São Paulo (Marcio Garcia, Jabá and Clayton
Martins). The trio has a good musical background, acquired through
classical guitar courses. In 1996, they recorded their first
vocal/instrumental CD titled “Os Ostras” which was well accepted by
the media. This CD included their first hit “1,2 and 3” well played on
many FM radio stations. They recorded a video clip which was #1 in
the contest Top 20 Video Clips , held by local MTV. The Ostras were
elected (by local press) as the best new musical group of 1996. In
1998, with a new band line up, they recorded their second album on
CD titled “Operação Submarina” with 5 instrumentals. Also in 1998,
the group opened some shows for Dick Dale, during his Brazilian tour.
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1) CD “Os Ostras”
2) CD “Operação Submarino”
Both CDs are sold out.
Web site: http://www.osostras.hpg.ig.com.br/index.htm
6) FRANK SIMATA
Frank Simata hail from Belo Horizonte, hundreds of miles away from
the closest beach but have clearly been soaking up some of the best
surf instrumental sounds. A four piece with dynamic guitar licks the
band sound is highly influenced by the music of Dick Dale. Ventures,
Los Straitjackets and Man or Astroman? The group was created on
1998 and since then they have had some different line ups. At
present the band musicians are: Mocotó (bass), Greg and Arroz on
guitars and Alex Turbina on drums (all nicknames). They participated
in the First Battle of the Surf Bands, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
state as well as in the VII Psychofest a musical Festival with
psychobilly, rockabilly and surf bands, held in Curitiba, Paraná state.
Web site: http://www.franksimata.hpg.ig.com.br/index.html
7 ) THE SILVAS
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This is a highly professional surf instro band. Created in Rio de
Janeiro in mid 2,000, The Silvas is a surf instrumental group
composed by some well-known pro-musicians on the Brazilian musical
scene. They are Liminha (lead guitar), João Barone (drums), Dé
(bass), Daniel Farias (rhythm guitar) and Henrique Band (sax).
Liminha is probably the most famous Brazilian Record producer and a
good bass and guitar player. He is a Ventures fan since mid 60s when
he started to play instrumentals with The Lunatics (São Paulo). João
Barone is a professional drummer. He plays along with “Paralamas do
Sucesso”, one of the most famous Brazilian rock vocal band with
many albums issued on the local market. The other three members
are also highly skilled musicians.
The Silvas used to tour in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Their
repertoire is a mix of traditional surf instrumentals (Misirlou, Wipe
Out, Batman, Impossible Mission, etc.) plus some excellent instro
tunes composed by the band musicians. In September 2,001 they
played live for one hour, on the local MTV during the “ Rock and Roll
International Day”. There are rumors that they will record an all
instrumental CD very soon. While their first album it is not issued,
the group continues touring on some famous local night clubs such as
O Canecão (in Rio), Tom Brasil (São Paulo), etc.
No The Silvas web site or e-mail for contacts are known. However it
is possible to find some references (in Portuguese language) on The
Silvas in the Internet.
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This group was created in Rio de Janeiro in early 2,000 and are
influenced by old surf/instro bands like The Ventures, The Lively
Ones, Dick Dale & Del-Tones, etc. as well as some modern bands
(Tiki Tones, The Boss Martians). They usually include in their
repertoire some surf classics from 60s as well as some own
compositions. The group used to tour in Rio de Janeiro, Sâo Paulo
and Belo Horizonte and have just finished recording their 1st album
on CD titled “ Aventuras no Céu” (Adventures In The Sky), with 16
tracks to be issued on mid 2,002 by Navena Muzik
(http://www.navenamuzik.com.brt.) Their current line ups is
DiMonstro (guitar), Voodoo (Bass) and Kid Cane (Drums).
1) E.P. (vinyl) ''VII Encontro Anual-Luz de Naves Intergaláticas'', 6
2) CD “ Aventura no Céu” (to be issued on 2002), 16 tracks.
Web site: http://gosurfgo.gnutella.com.br
9) LOS COCHABAMBAS
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In spite of their Spanish name (Los Cochabambas) they are a Brazilian
surf instrumental group from Florianópolis, Santa Catarina state.
They started playing as a trio in the mid 90's. In 1995, they recorded
a demo tape as Los Chick Magnets with instro covers by Dick Dale and
Trashmen. In May 1999 they recorded their first demo tape (titled
“Máquinas Quentes”) as Los Cochabambas with 10 instrumentals
(eight songs composed by the group musicians and only two covers).
On 2001, the Migué Records, issued a vinyl EP with 4 instros taken
from their cassette “Máquinas Quentes”. The Cochabambas sound is
influenced by the raw guitar sound of Link Wray. The group line up
has changed recently and is now composed by Rodrigo Daniel Kothe
(lead guitar), Eduardo Henrique Fogaça Vicar (rhythm guitar),
Leonardo Kothe (bass) Manolo (drums).At present, they are one the
best instrumental surf bands of Brazil.
1) cassette tape “Máquinas Quentes”, 10 instros.
2) EP “Máquinas Quentes”, 4 instros (taken from their demo cassete
of the same name)
All recordings available only through the group.
Web site: http://www.cochabambas.com
10) ORESTES PREZZA
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They are a surf instrumental band from Campinas, 120 Km
(80 miles) from São Paulo. The group started playing in
1998 and since then their sound is highly influenced by
Dick Dale, The Ventures, Ramones and Cramps. In 1999,
their lead guitar player left the band and they become
more known after opening the Man or Astroman? show in
Americana city. At the end of 1999, they recorded their
first album on CD-R. The Orestes Prezza sound is unusual.
They use a Trombone player, which is a not usual
instrument for any surf music band. Their current line up
is Carlão (bass), Melinha (rhythm guitar), Reginaldo (lead
guitar) and Stenio (drums) and Pereira (Trombone).
Orestes Prezza continue touring in São Paulo, Belo
Horizonte, Campinas and other main Brazilian cities and
on April 2002 they participated in the II Battle Of The Surf
Bands, in Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Their second all instro
album on CD-R was issued on April 2002, and can be
ordered via the band's e-mail.
1) CD-R “Orestes Prezza”, out of catalog, 1999
2) CD-R “Trombones, Maracas e Duas Guitarras
Fumegantes”, Ordinary Records, 2002
Web site: www.orestesprezza.hpg.com.br
e-mail : email@example.com
11) THE TIGHTROPE
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They are a group of veterans musicians from the 60s who
decided to play together after 35 years. On 1962 Benny
Silva (lead guitar) and João Rinaldo (rhythm guitar)
founded the instrumental band The Leaders, who used to
play the ball room circuit. The group disbanded in mid
sixties because the young musicians went to College, and
followed non musical careers. However, the founders kept
their guitars and thirty years after, in their spare time,
started to playing together in the week ends, just for fun.
After rehearsing a good instrumental surf repertoire they
invited a young drums player to join the group and started
to play again in some bars and colleges of São Paulo city.
In 2000, a bass player joined The Tightrope and their
sound became more tight. Their current line up is Benny
Silva (lead guitar), João Rinaldi (rhythm guitar) . They
have just issued their first all instro album, with nice
covers of The Cruel Sea, Gandy Dancer, I Can See Clearly
Now, Pipeline, Appalaches, Cry for A Shadow, Surfer Girl,
Atlantis, Go Go Slow, Mr.Moto, Shinding, Lies and Exodus.
The band continues touring in São Paulo.
1) CD-R “Surf Music – Big Wave” (issued in March 2002 and
available through the band's e-mail)
Web site: www.tightrope.hpg.com.br
12) XEVI 50
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The group Xevi 50 has a repertoire based on surf music
with minor influences of rock and roll and psychobilly plus
movie and TV themes and some self penned compositions.
The band started in 1999 in Florianópolis city and
attracted the media attention due to the way they
perform, on a Chevy 1950 car which at the same time is
the band’s transport and stage for their presentations.
Current line up is Sil (on guitar), Célio (on drums) and Sid
(on acoustic bass), the trio have toured in many Brazilian
cities such as Porto Alegre, São Paulo, and Curitiba, and
have good media exposure (local MTV and surf
1) CD-R “Xevi 50”, available through the band.
Web site: http://www.xevi50.hpg.com.br
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