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What is the difference between surf music, surf rock and instro?

1 year 5 months ago - 1 year 5 months ago #310 by Gnarly Mike
This one is really easy to answer.

Surf music has to have 3 important elements.
1) clean guitar tone with reverb
2) a surf beat
3) thematically about surfing, either with singing or without
4) be from a band based on the coast (this is optional for surf purists)

Examples: Dick Dale, The Chantays, The Lively Ones, The Burnin' Sands, Marshall and the Martins, The Surfrajettes, Los Coronados, The 427s

Surf rock is a genre of music that developed in the 1980s. It features
1) reverberated clean or dirty guitar tone
2) variation from the surf beat
3) not thematically about surfing, but more frequently about things like space, aliens, horror and robots.

Examples: The B52s, Man or Astro-Man?, Daikaiju, King Ghidora, Monsters from Mars, Martin Cilia, The Tsunamibots, The Terrorsurfs, The Dead Kennedys, Genki Genki Panic, The Ventures, Blackball Bandits

1) clean , echo or reverberated guitar tone
2) variation from the surf beat
3) not thematically about surfing

Examples: The Shadows, The Kilaueas, Hypnotide, Moonbase, Duane Eddie, Link Wray, Los Grainders, Los Straitjackets

Of course many bands display elements of all of the above, and no one really cares exactly how it is defined - except for people with too much time on their hands. Also don't forget that in some cultures the words surf rock and surf music will have different meanings, but those are the official definitions, so it's up to you what you listen to and what influences your band has.
Last Edit: 1 year 5 months ago by Gnarly Mike.

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