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 Bigfoot Rocketship

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

SRR: What year was The Bigfoot Rocketship founded?
Todd Maduke: In the spring of 2006.

SRR: Who are the members of The Bigfoot Rocketship?
Todd Maduke: Me, guitar; Herb Sawatzky, guitar; Doug Robertson, guitar; Gerry Sobie, bass; Mike T, drums.

SRR: From which city did The Bigfoot Rocketship originate?
Todd Maduke: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

SRR: Where the idea of the band name come from?
Todd Maduke: There was a university radio CJSW show called The Interplanetary Bigfoot Rocketship hosted by my pal Andrew Henry. I always thought that’d be a cool name for a band.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Todd Maduke: I lived and worked in Korea for a few years and I met a drummer there who turned me on to instrumental surf music. We had a band together called The Drift and we did a few instrumentals but I was on mandolin in that band! When I returned to Canada, I started The BFRS.

SRR: How did you meet each other?
Todd Maduke: Herb and Doug answered my ad in the local paper. They came together, having played together in a band before, and so we ended up with 3 guitarists.

SRR: What were the influences of the band?
Todd Maduke: The Ventures, Los Straitjackets and local legends Huevos Rancheros. Herb is a very bluesy player, so that comes in a lot.

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Todd Maduke: We’ve always called it surf music and then you have to explain to people who think it’s Jan and Dean or something that there’s no singing.

SRR: When was your first gig?
Todd Maduke: I think it was late 2006 at a local rockabilly clothing store called The Swagger Shop. We played 3 sets that night!

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Todd Maduke: A guy who was at our first gig contacted us and offered to record us for free. We went to his basement studio in the spring of 2007.

SRR: Did you have a label?
Todd Maduke: No. It has been DIY from the start.

SRR: Which instrument did you used?
Todd Maduke: I had an Ibanez Artcore. It was the best I could afford and over the time I owned it I put on a Bigsby and put in TV Jones pickups. I played that on our first record. Herb had a guitar which he made that had a Telecaster pickup in the bridge spot and a vintage p-90 at the neck. Doug put his own Stratocaster together with Warmoth parts, I think. We just played what we could afford at first! Herb and I have moved on to various Gretsches since. Gerry has a few vintage Fender basses. Mike has a custom set of Ayotte drums.

SRR: Which amplifier did you use?
Todd Maduke: My amp was an SG Systems amp - 2 x 12 - big and heavy. I got it locally. A guy advertised it, without pictures, as “big old tube amp $200”. Herb has a trusty old first generation Fender Blues Deluxe and Doug played a vintage Fender Pro amp that he bought in the late 60s when he was a teenager!

SRR: Did you use a reverb tank?
Todd Maduke: Doug has a vintage Fender tank that he used on the recordings. He used it on stage some, too, but any kind of bouncy stage and that thing would just splash and splash. Herb and I just crank our amp reverbs, though I have messed around with the EHX Holy Grail pedal and sometimes just analog delay.

SRR: Was it an original or modified tank?
Todd Maduke: Original. Gerry sold it to him - Gerry’s a collector.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Todd Maduke: I’ve always had some kind of clean boost. I like the sound of a guitar turned all the way up, but then you need some extra. So you need a boost! I’ve had so many over the years. Herb has used both WahWah and RotoVibe with The BFRS. Doug goes in clean.

SRR: What type of strings did you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Todd Maduke: Doug, our rhythm guitarist, has used either flat or semi-flatwound strings since day one. Herb and I trade leads and prefer roundwounds. We like the heavy-bottom/med-top sets.

SRR: How long has The Bigfoot Rocketship been active for?
Todd Maduke: 11 years or so. Maybe 12!

SRR: Were the members in any band(s) other than The Bigfoot Rocketship?
Todd Maduke: I started The Culls with Agriculture Club founder Rick Overwater at the same time as The BFRS got going. Then when that folded, I started The Ruminants. Both are alt-country bands. Gerry and Mike were in one called The Blacktop 5 for a while. Herb and his spouse Shona have Shona Rae and The Voodoo Hand, a band that’s going strong. I put out a solo album last year.

SRR: Where can we buy and follow The Bigfoot Rocketship?
Todd Maduke: Our CD of originals is available at Kerf music and our CD of covers can be bought at shows. We also have a Bandcamp, our Facebook page is the best bet to keep track of our shows.

SRR: Thank you very much Todd for taking time to answer me today.
Todd Maduke: It was our pleasure! Keep on rockin’, Franky!

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

The Thing From Outer Space

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

SRR: What year was The Thing From Outer Space founded?
Mike Sheehan: We started the band, February 2015.

SRR: Who are the members of The Thing From Outer Space?
Mike Sheehan: Duke Sedan, guitar; Doug "Raygun" Tasker, guitar; Chris "Area 51" Arenburg, bass; Mike "Mars Attacks" Sheehan, drums.

SRR: From which city did The Thing From Outer Space originate?
Mike Sheehan: London, Ontario, Canada.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Mike Sheehan: It was pretty much a group decision. We started out playing surf and rockabilly and quickly found out we had more enjoyment from the surf side of the music.

SRR: How did you meet each other?
Mike Sheehan: Duke and I knew each other from a previous band, we had a mutual friend in Chris and we found Doug through the internet.

SRR: What were the influences of the band?
Mike Sheehan: Everything from classic to new surf, rockabilly and punk.

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Mike Sheehan: Surf Rock.

SRR: When was your first gig?
Mike Sheehan: April 2015. At a bar in London called the Wortley Roadhouse.

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Mike Sheehan: 2016, released October of that year.

SRR: Did you have a label?
Mike Sheehan: No.

SRR: Which instrument did you used?
Mike Sheehan: Mapex drums, Paiste cymbals, Fender Jazzmasters and Stratocasters, Thunderbird bass.

SRR: Which amplifier did you use?
Mike Sheehan: Everyone uses Fender.

SRR: Did you use a reverb tank?
Mike Sheehan: No.

SRR: Can we know about which tube you used?
Mike Sheehan: Stock.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Mike Sheehan: Just reverb from the amps.

SRR: Where can we buy and follow The Thing From Outer Space?
Mike Sheehan: We have a Facebook page, Instagram page and Bandcamp. Also a Youtube channel.

SRR: Thank you very much Mike for taking time to answer me today.
Mike Sheehan: Thank you, it was our pleasure.

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

Les Jaguars

Hi! Today, I have the pleasure to chat with Arthur Cossette, lead guitar from Les Jaguars 1st wave band! Thank you Arthur for taking time to answer us. Let's surf and start the interview if you please. 😉

SRR: What year was Les Jaguars founded?
Arthur Cossette: 1963.

SRR: Who are the members of Les Jaguars?
Arthur Cossette: Me, lead guitar; Gilles and his brother Raynold  Morissette, guitar, drums et Doris Thibeault, bass.

SRR: From which city did Les Jaguars originate?
Arthur Cossette: Arvida, Quebec, Canada.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Arthur Cossette: We were playing dance hall music, which was often instrumental.

SRR: How did you meet each other?
Arthur Cossette: They heard of me and then they called me. I was already playing in a band called Les Vampires.

SRR: What are your influences?
Arthur Cossette: Colin Kids, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Santo and Johnny, Merle Travis...

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Arthur Cossette: Musicians were not classified back then. Electric guitar music if you want.

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Arthur Cossette: 1963.

SRR: Did you have a label?
Arthur Cossette: Tournesol.

SRR: Which instrument did you used?
Arthur Cossette: Fender Jaguar, Gretsch 6120.

SRR: Which amplifier did you use?
Arthur Cossette: Fender.

SRR: Did you use a reverb tank?
Arthur Cossette: Echochord.

SRR: Was it an original or modified tank?
Arthur Cossette: Original.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Arthur Cossette: None. Only the Echochord.

SRR: What type of strings did you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Arthur Cossette: Half-Round Daddario, light top heavy bottom.

SRR: How long has Les Jaguars been active for?
Arthur Cossette: 2 years.

SRR: Was there any reunion?
Arthur Cossette: Only once for one show in 1985.

SRR: Were the members in any band(s) after Les Jaguars?
Arthur Cossette: Personally I've been hired by a Montreal band Les Sinners, then I played for Robert Charlebois and after La Revolution Francaise.

SRR: Where can we buy and follow Les Jaguars?
Arthur Cossette: In some specialized stores.

SRR: Where can we listen and follow your actual band?
Arthur Cossette: I am guitar player for Lyse and the Hot Kitchen we are on Facebook and Bandcamp, also I am preparing a personal showcase who's going to be shown to public for the first time at Festival Pop de Montreal next September 15 2017.

SRR: Thank you very much Arthur for taking time to answer me today.
Arthur Cossette: Thank.

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

The Reverb Syndicate

Hi! Today, I have the pleasure to chat with Jeff Welch and Mike Bradford, bass and lead guitar from The Reverb Syndicate 3rd wave band! Thank you Jeff and Mike for taking time to answer us. Let's surf and start the interview if you please. 😉

SRR: What year was The Reverb Syndicate founded?
Jeff Welch: The band was founded in 2006, or 1966. We’re never quite sure.

SRR: Who are the members of The Reverb Syndicate?
Jeff Welch: Originally me on bass; Mike Bradford, lead guitar and whatever other instrument takes his fancy and James Rossiter, rhythm guitar; Mike Rifkin, drums who both retired. Now Michael Sheridan on drums and percussion.

SRR: From which city did The Reverb Syndicate originate?
Jeff Welch: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Jeff Welch: The instro idea was Bradford’s brainchild. He wanted to start spy-themed instro band. I thought it sounded like a fun project but would that it likely wouldn’t go very far. Handful of shows max. That was 10+ years, four albums, two over-seas tours and countless Canadian and USA headlining shows later.

SRR: How did you meet each other?
Jeff Welch: The band was basically formed when I drunkenly approached Mike Bradford at a show we were both attending.  My previous music project had just folded and was looking to get a new thing started.  I had known Bradford for many years through the music scene and had had always got along reasonably well with him. At that point it was more important to be in a band with someone I liked than the style of music.  The rest of the founding members were hand-picked from our mutual musical contacts. 

SRR: What were the influences of the band?
Jeff Welch: Our early influences were bands like The Ventures, The Shadows, The Atlantics, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. The style of old spy-movies and basically the 60’s in the general. As the years went on, we found elements like spaghetti westerns, 80’s home computing and even Devo creeping into our sound.

SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Jeff Welch: We are Ottawa's or perhaps Canada's only surf/spy.spaghetti western/go-go/ band.

SRR: When was your first gig?
Jeff Welch: Spring of 2006 at Irene’s Pub in Ottawa. This would be our home base for many a year.

SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Jeff Welch: Later that year of 2006.

SRR: Did you have a label?
Jeff Welch: Nope. We are proudly self-funded and self-produced. 

SRR: Which instrument did you used?
Mike Bradford: A lefty Fender Jazzmaster reissue from the mid-90's and a lefty Burns Marquee also from the mid-90's, depending on whether we feel like sounding super-clean or a bit twangy. Our keyboard is a Commodore 64 breadbin with 6581 SID chip, one of the early models. Makes some fantastic bleeps and bloops which occasionally fit with what we're trying to do!
Jeff Welch: I use a Burns Jazz bass reissue from the early 90’s and a my back-up is a Eastwood H-Flyer.

SRR: Which amplifier did you use?
Mike Bradford: A Traynor YGL-3 that someone crudely hacked apart to turn into a head, with a Workhorse speaker cabinet I borrowed long term from my high school in 1994.
Jeff Welch: Various Ampeg amps including a B200R, a Micro VR for recording and a Portaflex 350 for staqe shows.

SRR: Did you use a reverb tank?
Mike Bradford: No. The YGL-3 has a gorgeous reverb that goes on for days. I rarely turn it past 4, but 10 is great for those Astronauts sounds.

SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Mike Bradford: Very minimal effects. Lately a Roland Space Echo has been a great source of amusement though!

SRR: What type of strings did you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Jeff Welch: I think we all went through a flatwound phase during the Mondo-Cacti spaghetti-western phase of the band.

SRR: How long has The Reverb Syndicate been active for?
Jeff Welch: Never stopped since 2006.

SRR: Were the members in any band(s) after The Reverb Syndicate?
Jeff Welch: Our original drummer Mike Rifkin has turned family man but he still buts out music under his own name from time to time.

SRR: Where can we buy and follow The Reverb Syndicate?
Jeff Welch: The Reverb Syndicate can be found on all the popular streaming sites and for purchase on iTunes and through CDbaby. You can find us online and on Facebook and Twitter. Its pretty easy to find us. Google is your friend. While we are currently in the writing phase for our fifth album, we will playing in Ottawa at the Surf & Turf Festival this November at the House of Targ. So if you are into the live rock and roll thing.

SRR: Thank you very much Jeff and Mike for taking time to answer me today.
Jeff Welch: No problem. Thanks for including us in your search for Canadian Reverb. There are so many good bands out there, both historically and the current wave of bands.

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

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