Search for Reverb in Canada

Search for Reverb in Canada

Search for Reverb in Canada with Franky Sands.

In this section of www.surfrockradio.com Franky Sands interviews lesser-known surf bands from Canada and reveals rare nuggets of information unlikely to be published in guitar magazines. 

The Cliff Divers

The Cliff Divers

Hi! Today, I have the pleasure to chat with Dan Brody, Rick McConnell and Johnny G Mazzei, respectively drums, bass and lead guitar from The Cliff Divers 3rd wave band! Thank you guys for taking time to answer us. Let's surf and start the interview if you please. 😉

SRR: What year was The Cliff Divers founded?
Dan Brody: I think we actually started playing about eight years ago or so. We talked about it for a long time before we actually got to doing it. So circa 2009.

SRR: Who are the members of The Cliff Divers? 
Dan Brody: The band is a three piece with Johnny G Mazzei, guitar and effects; Nautiloid Rick, bass and beverage bag and me Dan Brody, drums and insults.

SRR: From which city did The Cliff Divers originate?
Dan Brody: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from? 
Dan Brody: We all loved instrumental rock in general, not just surf, and I suggested to Rick and Johnny that we should form a surf band. I could play the drums, Johnny was the guitar maestro, and Rick was willing to play bass (he has started out as a guitarist). So finally, we got to it and we had Rick's 50 birthday party as motivation to do it. 

SRR: How did you meet each other 
Dan Brody: Rick and I grew up in the same small town, Simcoe and have know each other for decades. We're both fanatical record collectors too. Johnny teaches guitar, and Rick was one of his students many years ago. I met Johnny through Rick, seeing him at shows, and seeing him play with other bands. 

SRR: What were the influences of the band?
Dan Brody: It would take too long to listen all our influences. All three of us love a lot of different music from rock to country to blues to rockabilly to punk to hard rock to metal.  Even though we are called a surf band, we have rock, country, blues, psychedelic, spaghetti western, jazz touches all through our stuff. We like to play what we call heavy surf.

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Dan Brody: I have christened us the "Blue Cheer of Surf."

SRR: When was your first gig?
Dan Brody: Our first gig was the 50th birthday party for our bass player, Rick.

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Dan Brody: No recordings but something we would want to do in the future.

SRR: Which instrument did you use?
Dan Brody: I use a small Japanese kit from the '60s. I also have a rock style Pearl kit from the 80s.
Rick McConnell: I mostly play Fender Precision Basses. I have a few but my main one for The Cliff Divers is a recent Sonic Blue Fender ’63 Vintage Reissue. Fender really hit it out of the park with this reissue model. I also like Fender Mustangs and sometimes play my 1969 Orange Competition live. The Relic finish on that one is all natural. Terrific Bass. I also collect vintage Japanese basses. I love how the Japanese in the 1960’s combined Fender and Mosrite styling in interesting and unique ways.
Johnny G Mazzei: 68 Mosrite Mark V and other 60's 70's & 80's Mosrite's, 63 Fender Jag, Sparkle Fender Japanese Jag Reissue, Gene Parsons Telecasters signed, Mahalo Surfboard Lap Steel Guitar, Various assorted Tiesco's & Japanese guitars including 2 Intermark Cipher 4 pups, Various Danelectro reissues, Various Yamaha reissues.

SRR: Which amplifier do you use?
Rick MacConnell: I use an Eden WT550 head with either a 2x10 or 1x15 RA Custom Cabinet. Rick at RAWOODS has made me several cabinets. He will build you whatever you want. Mine are Blonde Tolex with Oxblood grills loaded with Jensen’s. Highly recommended. I also have a 200W Fender Studio Bass Head with a 1x15 RAWOOD Tone Ring Cabinet. The Fender Studio Bass is from 1978 and was originally a combo but I converted it to a separate head and cabinet. Rick at RAWOOD built both cabinets . They are finished in Brown Tolex with Oxblood Grills. I just had to pick the colours, provide the measurements and install the amp and the speaker. The speaker is a vintage 15” JBL . It sounds huge but this rig stays at home mostly since it is a bit of a back breaker.
Johnny G Mazzei: 71 Fender delux w Vintage 30, late 60's early 70's non master Fender Super Reverb, early 70's drip edge Fender Princeton that I sit on when I play lap steel.

SRR: Do you use a reverb tank?
Johnny G Mazzei: Yes several; 60's Fender Tweed, 60's Fender Black, 90's USA Fender which we kick, 70's Traynor TR-2 which we kick.

SRR: Was it an original or modified tank?
Johnny G Mazzei: The 60's Black Fender Tank has an Accutronic replacement springTank. The 60's Blond has been modified to add a short spring as well as along spring and has a switch to change springs.

SRR: Can we know about which tube you used?
Johnny G Mazzei: My repair guy Keith selects all my tubes.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar? 
Johnny G Mazzei: Fulltone Tape Echo, Dr. Scientist Reverberator, Jonny Rock The Pink Pit, Electro-Harmonix Lester G Deluxe Rotary Speaker, Boss VB-2 Vibrato, Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ pedal, Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ pedal, Fulltone  Supa-Trem2 (yellow), JangleBox compressor, JangleBox J-Gate, Zvex Hand-Painted Jonny Octave, Devi Ever OK fuzz, Dr Z Drive Overdrive , Jonny Rock Dyna Boost, Xotic EP Booster pedal, Goodrich 120 Volume Pedal.
Rick McConnell: The Eden has a built in Compressor but If I am using a house rig I will use my Diamond compression pedal. Made in Canada Eh!

SRR: What type of strings did you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Johnny G Mazzei: I use Ernie Ball Beefies on every guitar 11-54, Lap Steel C6 set from Al Brisco @ Steel Guitar Canada.
Rick MacConnell: I have the Fender round wounds that came with the Bass on my ’63 VRI Precision. I don’t know the size but I would guess the E is a 100. I like them so haven’t changed them.  My other Precisions have Thomastik  Infield Jazz flat wounds (100 70 56 43)  on them that I order from none other than Carol Kaye herself. I also use her picks. My Mustangs  have La Bella flat wounds on them. They are a custom set that La Bella makes specifically for Mustangs and are strung through the body . They are (104 82 60 43). For round wounds I like R Cocos and Rotosound strings.

SRR: How long has The Cliff Divers been active for?
Dan Brody: Eight years or so.

SRR: Were the members in any band(s) during or after The Cliff Divers?
Dan Brody: Rick the bass player is in The Absolute Whores. Johnny plays in a band called Whoa Nellie. I had a punk band at one time called Bruiser Brody.

SRR: Where can we listen and follow The Cliff Divers?
Dan Brody: We have a Facebook page. The gigs are listed there. Also few videos are available on Youtube.

SRR: Thank you very much guys for taking time to answer me today.
Dan Brody: No problem, Franky! Thanks for checking us out!

-Franky 
"Search for Reverb in Canada" blog on Surf Rock Radio
Thank for reading and listening 
ChEeRs!

The Calrizians

The Calrizians

Hi! Today, I have the pleasure to chat with Ben Jewer, lead guitar from The Calrizians 3rd wave band! Thank you Ben for taking time to answer us. Let's surf and start the interview if you please. 😉

SRR: What year was The Calrizians founded?
Ben Jewer: 2006.

SRR: Who are the members of The Calrizians?
Ben Jewer: We currently have: Oscar, bass; Tom, keyboards; Drew, drums and myself on guitar.

SRR: From which city did The Calrizians originate?
Ben Jewer: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Ben Jewer: It was me. Someone asked me to throw something together for an art show event. I've loved playing surf since I was a kid so I decided to get some friends together & play some ventures, Dick Dale, Shadowy Men etc. We had so much fun with it we decided to keep it going. 

SRR: How did you meet each other?
Ben Jewer: Oscar & I worked together at Future Bakery on Bloor st. in the 90s & I had always intended to play music with him. We met Tom 5 years later through an ad. Drew used to be in another band we shared our old rehearsal space with. Our former drummer Jason recently passed away. He is tremendously missed. We are really lucky to have Drew with us now though. We've had the good fortune to play with some other really great people over the years, but it's currently just the 4 of us.

SRR: What were the influences of the band? 
Ben Jewer: Well, we have always loved the older surf stuff (Ventures, Astronauts, Shadows etc) as well as Man or Astroman, Shadowy Men etc, but we do delve into several other genres. We borrow from bands like Booker T & the MGs, Black Sabbath & Dewey Cox to name a few. I could list piles of others, but I don't want to take up too many pages. I love Brian Connelly of Shadowy Men, Atomic 7 etc, the Sadies, Nokie Edwards, Takeshi Terauchi,  Lee Hazelwood, Steve Cropper, Don Rich, East Bay Ray... Again, I could go on all day.

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Ben Jewer: Well, we were originally called a "surf band" as we played surf covers & a few "surfy" originals. I believe as we started to incorporate some other styles of instrumental music & started doing some goofy covers & mashups we were described as a "party band". I don't know. I guess we just like to keep it loose & have fun with it. 

SRR: When was your first gig?
Ben Jewer: That was the Dundas West Arts Building art show in May 2006.

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Ben Jewer: It was 2006 I believe. we've recorded a number of times, but never officially released anything. By the time we got to the mastering stage I was always dissatisfied with the material. We've got a genuine bonafide album coming out next month though. For real this time.

SRR: Did you have a label?
Ben Jewer: No.

SRR: Which instrument do you use?
Ben Jewer: I play a Gretsch 6122jr, a Fender Stratocaster & a Fender Telecaster. Oscar plays a Jaguar bass & occasionally an old Musicmaster. Drew use a small Gretsch kit and Tom plays a Korg CX3 through a Leslie 145 (or a Motion sound at smaller gigs) & a Nord.

SRR: Which amplifier did you use?
Ben Jewer: I've used Fender Vibrolux reverbs, Deluxe reverbs & Twins in this band, but I currently just have a blackface Pro reverb and a silverface Super reverb.

SRR: Did you use a reverb tank?
Ben Jewer: Not external .

SRR: Can we know about which tube you use?
Ben Jewer: Usually winged C's or nos RCA black plate power tubes if I can still find them, whatever for pre-amp tubes.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Ben Jewer: A mild Overdrive G2D Creamtone, a Demeter compulator compressor, an old Boss DM2 delay, and a tuner.

SRR: What type of strings did you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Ben Jewer: D'addario NYXL 11-52.

SRR: How long has The Calrizians been active for?
Ben Jewer: 11 years.

SRR: Were the members in any band(s) after they left the band?
Ben Jewer: An old drummer of ours, James plays with the Blue Demons & the Champions of Justice.

SRR: Where can we buy and follow The Calrizians?
Ben Jewer: Facebook for now I guess. We might have a couple of old ones on SoundCloud. Our album will be officially released Dec 1 2017. I'm sure download & other contact info will be posted on our Facebook page.

SRR: Thank you very much Ben for taking time to answer me today.
Ben Jewer: It's been a pleasure, thank you.

-Franky 
"Search for Reverb in Canada" blog on Surf Rock Radio
Thank for reading and listening 
ChEeRs!

 

The Hang Ten Gallon Hats

The Hang Ten Gallon Hats

Hi! Today, I have the pleasure to chat with Buck Slater, lead guitar from The Hang Ten Gallon Hats 3rd wave band! Thank you Buck for taking time to answer us. Let's surf and start the interview if you please. 😉

SRR: What year was The Hang Ten Gallon Hats founded?
Buck Slater: We started in the spring of 2015.

SRR: Who are the members of The Hang Ten Gallon Hats?
Buck Slater: I’m on guitar; Laird Haggard, drums and The Bull is on bass.

SRR: From which city did The Hang Ten Gallon Hats originate?
Buck Slater: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Buck Slater: It had been brewing for some time - I’ve been a fan of surf/guitar instrumental music for over 25 years. It all started in my mid-teens with The Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet’s Kids in the Hall interludes and their album ‘Savvy Showstoppers’. Later, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and a compilation called ‘Surf Monsters’ sparked an interest to dig deeper into the genre. Fast-forward many years and I was regularly going to see Atomic 7 and Ancient Chinese Secret play their dinner shows at the Cadillac Lounge and started to think it might be cool to do something like that.

SRR: How did you meet each other?
Buck Slater: We met in 1995 while at the University of Waterloo and played together in an indie rock band. We’ve been playing together in various forms ever since. The early seeds of the actual band started around 5 years ago when I was fooling around with Photoshop and made a poster for a fictional band with cowboy and surf images and came up with a band name for the poster: ‘The Hang Ten Gallon Hats’. A couple of years later I showed this poster to Laird and we were like ‘we should start a surf band, we already have a name’.

SRR: What are the influences of the band?
Buck Slater: My main influence is Brian Connelly and the work of his bands (Shadowy Men, Atomic 7, Ancient Chinese Secret). The Sadies, Los Straitjackets and The Fathoms are also high on the list. And, while not a surf guitarist, Matt Murphy (Super Friendz, Flashing Lights) has been an influence as well. Laird and Bull are new surf fans and their main influences come from 60s garage and other rock genres.

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Buck Slater: We’re trying to mix surf with classic country/spaghetti western. I also hear hints of indie rock slipping in there from time to time.

SRR: When was your first gig?
Buck Slater: At the Ein-Stein pub in Toronto, March 2016.

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Buck Slater: We don’t have a recording yet, but we have a bunch of original songs we’re hoping to put to tape in the near future.

SRR: Which instrument do you use?
Buck Slater: I play a Gretsch White Falcon 6136T with stock pickups. I also have a late 90s American Strat with Lollar Blackface pickups, recently modified with a neck-bridge blend pot by Ben from The Calrizians. The Bull plays a Rickenbacker 4300 series bass. Laird plays a 3-piece kit, using an 18” floor tom for a kick and a Ludwig Acrolite snare.

SRR: Which amplifier do you use?
Buck Slater: I’m playing through an old solid-state Fender Deluxe 112. I’ve been using pedals to thicken my tone and make it sound more tube-y. It actually sounds surprisingly good, though would love to pick up a tube amp with a reverb tank one of these days.

SRR: Do you use a reverb tank?
Buck Slater: No.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Buck Slater: Diamond Compressor, Fat-Boost 3, Supa-Trem, Boss SD-1, Boss DM-2w, Line 6 DL-4 and a Holy Grail Reverb.

SRR: What type of strings do you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Buck Slater: I use roundwounds, 11-49.

SRR: Where can we buy and follow The Hang Ten Gallon Hats?
Buck Slater: You can follow us on Facebook.

SRR: Thank you very much Buck for taking time to answer me today.
Buck Slater: Thank you very much for talking to us!

-Franky 
"Search for Reverb in Canada" blog on Surf Rock Radio
Thank for reading and listening 
ChEeRs!

The Aquamaniacs

The Aquamaniacs

Hi! Today, I have the pleasure to chat with Jean-Marc Singaram, lead guitar from The Aquamaniacs 3rd wave band! Thank you Jean-Mark for taking time to answer us. Let's surf and start the interview if you please. 😉

SRR: What year was The Aquamaniacs founded?
Jean-Marc Singaram: We formed in early 2014.

SRR: Who are the members of The Aquamaniacs?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Me, guitar; Jay Cutaia, guitar; Chris Chown, bass; Peter Baumann, drums.

SRR: From which city did The Aquamaniacs originate?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Jay had the idea to form the band as a side project, but it seems to have taken on a life of its own. He had been exposed to surf music from members of his family, so i'm thinking that it was lurking in his subconscious waiting for the right time.

SRR: How did you meet each other?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Jay and I were both in a covers band playing in bars and he suggested forming a surf rock band to keep us busy. So it all started with that. Both Chris and Peter answered adverts "Bassist/drummer wanted" and to be honest we are so fortunate to have found them as they both outstanding musicians.

SRR: What are the influences of the band?
Jean-Marc Singaram: When you look at our setlist it truly is a mixture of old and new surf as well as originals of course, for example: The Ventures, Dick Dale, The Atlantics. But then we really like the more modern surf bands too like The Bambi Molesters, The Coffin Daggers, The Ghastly Ones and Daikaiju.

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Jean-Marc Singaram: We have always described ourselves as a Surf Rock band. The best compliment was that someone described us a cool, retro sounding band.

SRR: When was your first gig?
Jean-Marc Singaram: We played in my back yard in 2014.

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Jean-Marc Singaram: We recorded some demos early on in 2014, but our first original tunes were recorded in April 2017.

SRR: Did you have a label?
Jean-Marc Singaram: No, but always open to offers.

SRR: Which instrument do you use?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Jay and I both use Fender Stratocasters. Chris has a number of basses, recently he has been using a Fender P-bass, sometimes a Fender Jazz bass, it always changes. The interesting thing about Peter is that he designs and makes his own snare drum but also has a collection of antique snare drums, so between Chris and Peter it's always a surprise as to what they will be bringing on any given day.

SRR: Which amplifier do you use?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Jay and I both use Fender Blues Deluxe Reissues.

SRR: Do you use a reverb tank?
Jean-Marc Singaram: No.

SRR: Can we know about which tube you used?
Jean-Marc Singaram: I still have stock tubes in my amp, Jay upgraded to TAD tubes in his amplifier.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Jay uses a compressor, a few different overdrives, chorus, and tremolo. I uses a Mooer Hustle Drive overdrive,  Boost/Distortion but I only use boost part, a tremolo and a Flashback Delay.

SRR: What type of strings do you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Jean-Marc Singaram: Jay uses Roundwounds Dean Markley Nickel Helix 10-52. I uses D'addario 9-42 and 10-46, I have two strats with different sets of strings on.

SRR: Where can we buy and follow The Aquamaniacs?
Jean-Marc Singaram: we are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our latest tunes are on Soundcloud, and there are another 4 songs completed waiting to be recorded.

SRR: Thank you very much Jean-Marc for taking time to answer me today.
Jean-Marc Singaram: You are welcome! It was a real pleasure. Speak to you soon. A bientot!

-Franky 
"Search for Reverb in Canada" blog on Surf Rock Radio
Thank for reading and listening 
ChEeRs!

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