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Album Review

Wax your board, tie your baggies, rev up the ol' Woody and head for the waves — and take this twang-fest along as the soundtrack. Surfmania finds a timewarped niche in the guitar-rock culture that's right up alongside the master himself, Dick Dale, and the 12 cuts herein find the band members racing through all the intersections on the surf guitar highway, whether it's nodding to Mancini's "Peter Gunn" theme or shaking a finger in the twitchy vibrato of every fast-gun surf-twang number you've ever heard. If you're feeling in a Ventures, Shadows, Surfaris kind of mood, fling this at the CD player and get ready to ride the big one.


Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The San Francisco-based Aqua Velvets began creating their own distinctive style of original surf rock in the late '80s. The group came from the epicenter of the late '80s/early '90s new surf-rock movement, taking their inspiration from musicians like Dick Dale, the Shadows, the Ventures, Link Wray, Arthur Lyman and Ennio Morricone. Their brand of surf-rock incorporated elements of Latin and Mediterranean music, psychedelic, rockabilly and even some of the newer "lounge" music. The Aqua Velvets consisted...
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