Dick Dale (King of the Surf Guitar)
Dick Dale wasn't nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar" for nothing: he pretty much invented the style single-handedly, and no matter who copied or expanded upon his blueprint, he remained the fieriest, most technically gifted musician the genre ever produced. Dale's pioneering use of Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies (learned organically through his familial heritage) was among the first in any genre of American popular music, and predated the teaching of such "exotic" scales in guitar-shredder academies by two decades. The breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique was unrivalled until it entered the repertoires of metal virtuosos like Eddie Van Halen, and his wild showmanship made an enormous impression on the young Jimi Hendrix. But those aren't the only reasons Dale was once called the father of heavy metal. Working closely with the Fender company, Dale continually pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing the thick, clearly defined tones he heard in his head, at the previously undreamed-of volumes he demanded. He also pioneered the use of portable reverb effects, creating a signature sonic texture for surf instrumentals. And, if all that weren't enough, Dale managed to redefine his instrument while essentially playing it upside-down and backwards -- he switched sides in order to play left-handed, but without re-stringing it (as Hendrix later did).
Few bands in Boston rock & roll history (or anywhere else for that matter) have lasted as long, and made as much good music, as Lyres. Led by garage rock obsessive, record collector, VOX organ king, and world-class SHOUTER Jeff "Monoman" Conolly, Lyres sport a high-energy trash-rock sound indebted to the Seeds, ? & the Mysterians, the Stooges, early British invasion (especially early Kinks), and one shot wonder band underdogs, losers, and no counts. Oblivious to alternative or indy rock trends, Lyres were among the first to marry the garage-punk ethos with true veneration for the past... and keep it that way. With a reverb drenched tremelo guitar sound that's more a call to arms, rarely has any band shown such devotion and reverence to the spirit of rock and roll without coming off as a bunch a hacks. Ya' dig?
New York's TWIN GUNS features Andrea Sicco (Oscura, Rockethouse) and "Jungle" Jim Chandler (The Cramps, The Makers). Despite being just a duo, Twin Guns has the power and chops to really bring it. Drenched in reverb, fuzz and an overdose of atmosphere, Twin Guns combine parts Jesus & Mary Chain, the Count Five/Seeds vibe, and the New York "No Wave" scene into its own dark stew.