Dick Dale (Guitar Legend)

Rocks Off Presents

Dick Dale (Guitar Legend)

Dead Heavens

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

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Tickets available at the door, $25 CASH ONLY.


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Dick Dale (Guitar Legend)
Dick Dale (Guitar Legend)
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).
Dead Heavens
Dead Heavens
“It’s a strange world and Dead Heavens are strangely strange and magnetically abnormal.
“They are prophets, seers and sages, warped angels of the ages, princes among pretenders.
“Recorded at Paul Kostabi’s famed Thunderdome Studios in Piermont just outside of New York, ‘Whatever Witch You Are’ finds Dead Heavens out there on the sonic borderline, pummeled forwards by the unforgiving rhythm section of Nathan Aguilar’s bass and Drew Thomas’ drums, with the psychotic psychedelia licked into place by the dual guitar leads of Walter Schreifels and Paul Kostabi embracing a scenario where sanity is a brighter shade of welcome madness.
“Yes, welcome”.

- BP Fallon, NYC 2017
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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