Live at Melkweg, Amsterdam - September 20th, 2014 - North Sea Surf Festival
Backing band: THE TONOMATS
SENOR SURF IN THE TOP 101 SURF ALBUMS !!
It is a honor to annouce that the TOP 101 list of surf "revival" albums of all time (1980 - today) includes SENOR SURF by Surfer Joe in position #66. This is amazing and I thank
with all my heart everyone who voted the record in their favorites. North Sea Surf Radio has really become a reference for the entire surf community to listen to new material everyday,
24/7, and together with the SurfGuitar101 forum it really maintains this genre alive!
I was already extremely happy to see 3 songs out of Senor Surf voted between the best of 2013, but now this result for the album represents a real recognition that I have done something right :-)
Announcing the first Surfer Joe tour in Mexico - November 2014
Surfer Joe is arriving in Mexico for a 10 days tour supported by the great Los Oxidados. This is going to be insane!
Mexico is living now a super moment regarding instrumental surf music, rumors say that audiences are crazy and wild, and lots of surf bands are coming out developing new and old sounds.
Touring period is NOVEMBER 6 - 16, the dates are listed here.
Next tours 2014 - 2015
See the dates for the next Surfer Joe tours: UK (December), Germany (January), Denmark/Germany (February) and now announcing... CALIFORNIA (April) and SPAIN (May).
All dates will be listed here and updated daily. If you have booking requests or questions do not hesitate to contact us!
FENDERONI DIAVOLO: SURFER JOE MEETS RALF KILAUEA
It is available now on 7" black vinyl the new EP recorded together with Ralf (from the German surf band The Kilaueas).
A fun title for a great piece of original surf music! We are talking 4 original tracks, previously un-released, recorded between October 2013 and January 2014 in Berlin.
Drippin' reverb and super traditional surf sound, you cannot miss it!
Buy the record at the Surfer Joe Music store: LINK HERE
Buy the digital at CDBaby: LINK HERE
Lorenzo Surfer Joe is truly one very active figure in modern surf music.
Basically present to any world surf music event as artist or organizer, Lorenzo has collected an experience of way more than a thousand concerts since the late 90s.
Constantly on tour in Europe and USA, Lorenzo had the honor to play on guitar or drums with several surf legends and he has shared the stage with many surf bands.
Co-organizer of the yearly Surfer Joe Summer Festival, the most important surf music event in then world (www.surferjoemusic.com).
For 3 times in the line up of the Surf Guitar 101 Convention in California.
One of the headliners of the Surf-O-Rama in Spain and the North Sea Surf Festival in Holland.
Mentioned and interviewed in movies like Reverb Junkies and Sound Of The Surf or in books about surf music's history like Surf Beat by Kent Crowley.
In August 2013 Lorenzo released his first solo album, SEÑOR SURF, which is considered one of the best traditional surf music albums of the past years.
Out of this album, the song The North Swell has been voted within the 100 best surf revival songs ever.
In April 2012 he opens in Livorno, Italy, together with the brother Luca and a friend, the Surfer Joe Diner, the only American Diner dedicated to surf music where
periodically they are hosted concerts and international events (www.surferjoe.it).
When talking about surf music with Surfer Joe you don't look for compromises: REVERB, high rhythms and great energy!
It is a concert that looks back to the origins of the genre, but shows its evolution and variety, going from the heavy Dick Dale sound to lounge and progressive atmospheres,
always keeping an eye on the melody and the quality of the arrangements.
The Antiguan Years
On December 2004 Lorenzo left Italy and moved to Antigua, in the Caribbean, where he stayed until February 2011.
In those years he formed the WADADLI RIDERS considered the first and only surf band ever from that region.
The band was a trio line-up that Lorenzo started on drums changing to guitar one year later. Wadadli Riders were a traditional surf band, with a pretty classy style and several
good original tunes next to a long list of classic covers. They produced an album in July 2009, titled Made In Antigua,
which has gone around the world and released on CD and vinyl (Surfer Joe Music / Green Cookie Records).
Surfer Joe & The Tonomats at Melkweg, Amsterdam
North Sea Surf Festival 2014
Showing here the entire set, 16 videos playlist
THE NORTH SWELL
Taken from the album "Senor Surf" (2013 Surfer Joe Music).
Previously released on the compilation "Brave New Surf" (2012 Double Crown Records).
The song reached position #83 in the North Sea Surf Radio Top 101 list of the BEST Surf Revival tracks of all times (1980 - present days)
VIDEO / AUDIO
The Boss Combo at Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2013 in Italy
The Boss Combo in New York City
The Boss Combo at Surf-O-Rama Festival in Spain
Surfer Joe live at the beach... real Fender Showman volume!
Surfer Joe in Long Beach, CA
The Boss Combo in Huntington Beach, CA
Wadadli Riders & Daddy-O Grande at Summer Jamboree 2008 in front of 8000+ people!
Daddy-O Grande (Los Straitjackets), John Blair (Jon & The Nightriders), Lorenzo Surfer Joe, Carlos Gonzales (Tequila Worms), live in Anaheim, CA.
Paul Johnson & Friends in Italy
Surfer Joe in El Segundo, California
Surfer Joe & The Tonomats, live in Berlin
Surfer Joe at Surf Guitar 101 in California
Lorenzo on stage with the Beach Boys - Biarrtiz, France (2001)
On August 1st 2013 the first Surfer Joe solo album has been released on 12" vinyl and CD.
The title of the work is SEÑOR SURF and includes 12 songs, 9 of of them previously unreleased.
INCLUDES THE TRACKS:
Macaroni Pie • El Senor Surf • Devil's Bridge • Underwater Love • Waveboard Action • The North Swell • Fire Escape Rope • Cavalcade Of Surf • Etage 8 • Twangy Drippy Twisty • Changing Things • Beach City Bop
Surfer Joe Music Vinyl & CD
Green Cookie Records CD
BUY NOW Senor Surf at the Surfer Joe Music store: LINK HERE
[+] Paul Johnson - Belairs, PJ & The Galaxies, Packards Surf music "pioneer"
My friend Lorenzo (aka "Surfer Joe") is billed as an "Ambassador of surf
music," and the title is fitting. In recent years, out of his love for this
music, he has been on a one-man crusade to bring it to the music fans of
Europe, both as a musician with his own band playing his own original tunes,
and as an empresario as well, playing host to surf bands from around the
world at the annual Surfer Joe surf music festival that he stages in his
hometown of Livorno, Italy, and managing tours for many of these bands,
taking them out to play at venues all over Italy and the rest of Europe as
And I am happy to report that with his latest CD release, "Senor Surf," his
love of the music is clearly evident in the tunes he has recorded, which
have an effervescense about them that is contagious to the listener; here is
a man having great fun with what he is doing; this is the sound of joy.
Also abundantly clear here is his masterful command of the genre. His
reverb-laden guitar licks and the clever arrangements of his tunes convey
the essence of what surf music is all about. But beyond this, the CD
testifies of the fruit of his love for the music, in that while it is so
purely faithful to the fundamentals of the form, each tune retains its own
unique personality. Lorenzo is not just rehashing familiar territory here;
he is offering his own heartfelt rendition of a music that is rooted in the
surf traditions yet vitally new and fresh in it's own way.
In keeping with Lorenzo's role as "ambassador", this is a welcome
contribution to the current surf music scene, one that should not only
please the existing body of genre fans, but win over some new ones as well.
When a musician is having such fun at what he does, it puts out the welcome
mat and invites "whosoever will" to share in that fun. That's the feeling I
get from "Senor Surf," and I suspect that I will not be alone in that
assessment. Thank you, Lorenzo, for sharing your joy with us!
[+] Ferenc Dobronyi - Pollo del Mar, Frankie & The Poolboys
Events organizer and surf music promoter
I thank Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini for sending me a pre-release copy of his new Surfer Joe solo album,
"El Senor Surf". Right off the bat, I have to say that this is one of the most authentic, 60s style albums
I have ever heard. It's a really great analog recording, and I love hearing the heavy tape compression that
brings the reverb textures, both from the guitars and the very natural room sound, to the foreground. The sound
is thick, but clean. And the songs are songs, they aren't jams or mood pieces, they have verses and choruses, are
well structured and are harmonically interesting, without straying from the rules of the genre.
Another cohesive element is the consistent vibe and tempo of the songs, always in the beach party style.
Many surf bands will try and do an album of songs that sound like other touch-stone hits from the era- maybe
one is a little like "Endless Summer" and another like "Miserlou". But the songs on El Senor Surf follow
Lorenzo's mind set, always suggesting the twist party that starts right after the luau ends, the beach bonfire
is lit and the rum begins to flow.
Lorenzo is very lucky to have a drummer like Dick Dodd, a guitarist like Art Fischer and a composer like
Paul Johnson all living inside his head. It could be said that Lorenzo is a one man Challengers Band, his own surf supergroup.
[+] John Blair - The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, 1961-1965
Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini's new CD, "Senor Surf", adds an exclamation point to his title of International Surf Music Ambassador.
Whether you like to dance with wild abandon or just soak in the sounds of double-picked, reverbed guitars,
this record will put your feet on the floor and a smile on your face. Although this CD is mostly a solo endeavor,
well-known and respected surf music pioneer Paul Johnson makes a surprise appearance on one track. It's all a fun
listen and helps underscore how truly international this form of music has become in the 21st century.
[+] Niels Jansen - founder North Sea Surf Festival
Listening to this record and looking at the cover you would swear this was some long lost gem from the early
60's. It's actually from 2013 but the production values on this record sound more pure and traditional than
on a lot of surf records from the actual 60's. This album is packed with highly memorable and timeless surf music
classics and is a must hear for any instrumental and surf music enthousiast. The ambassador of surf music has once
again lived up to his name.
I got an advance digital copy of this CD from Lorenzo a little while ago, and have been enjoying it (though haven't had a whole lot of time to
listen to music for the past month or two, too much going on). Just thought I'd write up a few quick comments. This is definitely one for the
lovers of trad surf music! (I think it'll especially appeal to the fans of the Thunderchiefs/the Sir Finks, there's a shared foundation and
vision between them.) Lorenzo obviously has a VERY deep understanding of all things surf, but especially trad surf, and that's completely evident
here. This album sounds to me like a head-on collision of the Astronauts and the Lively Ones, with some minor side collisions Smile of the bands
like the Sentinals and some other more Latino/r&b/'soul!'-sounding surf bands like Jim Waller & the Deltas, etc. The album was recorded at the
Circo Perroti Studios in Gijon, Spain (the same studio where Los Twang! Marvels recorded "Jungle of Twang"), who are absolute masters of the
trad sound, and completely nail it on this CD. As a result, there's a heavy Del-Fi vibe through it all.
This album is the natural follow-up to the Wadadli Riders' "Made In Antigua" CD, with Lorenzo playing all guitars and all drums, while bass
is handled by another player (Diego Fuenteseca in this case), and Lorenzo also doing (nearly) all the songwriting. We all know that Lorenzo is a
SUPERB surf drummer, but it's pretty amazing how good his guitar playing is given it's not his first instrument (though I must admit that I would
have enjoyed hearing a bit more variety in terms of guitar tones - he's got a really nice, authentic surf tone - a Jaguar, I'm guessing - and sticks
to it the entire album).
Some of the songs I enjoyed the most: the album opens with 'Macaroni Pie', a Lively-Ones-doing-Freddie-King-sounding blues-rocker that's got some
grease and groove and attitude to it. 'El Senor Surf' is happy surf and a real reflection of Lorenzo's always-upbeat and optimistic personality -
he IS Senor Surf! Nice melody and an excellent bridge! It also reminds me a bit of the Sir Finks & the Thunderchiefs. 'Underwater Love' sounds like
the surf version of some melancholy '60s bachelor-pad lounge music, with forays into latin exotica. 'The North Swell' is the recording Lorenzo did
in Antigua that I included on Double Crown's "Brave New Surf" compilation, and I still think it's absolutely brilliant - still my favorite thing
that Lorenzo's done. Modern trad surf doesn't get much better than this! 'Fire Escape Rope' (LOVE that title - I wonder if there's a story behind it?)
is a dark and delicate piece that reminds me of the Bambi Molesters and the Kilaueas (for whom Lorenzo's has often played drums, of course).
'Etage 8' is probably the biggest surprise of the album: a completely unique and very interesting and compelling piece of music, with a marching beat
(think more subdued 'Mar Gaya' beat) with a Spanish-sounding melody and all sorts of really creative counterpoint and harmony lines against the lead.
That song is credited to Gerhard Seinholz, but I have no idea who that is. It actually reminds me of some of the crazier stuff done by the Spanish
'60s instro band Los Relampagos. Wild! The album ends with a recording done in Italy with Lorenzo and few of his Italian friends backing Paul Johnson
on Paul's own 'Beach City Bop' - otherwise known as 'Small Fry', as recorded by the Challengers. Paul unleashes some guitar fireworks on multiple
lengthy solos, and it's a great way to bring things to close.
All in all, a real fun album and another fine accomplishment for Lorenzo! How can one guy do this much??? It's amazing.
[+] Jeff Hanson "Big Tiki Dude" - Surf Guitar 101 Convention, USA
I've heard the album a few time and I hope my enthusiasm for this record is felt. I really think that it is on par with a few of the great trad surf releases of the 90s and 2000s.
Surely a must have release for any true surf fan. I'll admit that I am a fan of the off the beaten path, when it comes to instro, but trad surf, when it's done amazingly well,
or even perfect (if I can dare to say it), it gets me all amped up, and reminds me why surf when done right, can be so awesome! Congrats Lorenzo and all involved.
Some people saying that surf music is simple. Some others don't like that it's instrumental. But that's why all of us love surf music. And surf music IS Senor Surf.
When I first listen about this new Lorenzo's solo release, I thought I knew what I was expecting to hear. You see, I'm following him since Wadadli Riders and then with
his Boss Combo. So when he sends me the tracks I put it on my player immediately. And then everything starts to make sense. From the first seconds of Macaroni Pie I listen
some excellent surf tunes. And then I was getting deeper on his surf sounds. Underwater Love, The North Swell, drums and guitar on Cavalcade Of Surf, the smooth way of Changing
Things and the final hit was Beach City Bop with Paul Johnson. Pure, classic surf music with his personal touch, simple and clear, with amazing guitar riffs and danceable tunes.
And all recorded 100% ANALOG (recording, mixing, mastering) at Circo Perrotti Studio in Gijon, Spain. Produced by Lorenzo Valdambrini and Jorge Explosion.
What more can anyone ask for? This is what surf music is all about. SENOR SURF! Records like this one, takes surf music one step forward.
There are always records or CDs, that give you right away the impression of: "That's awesome"! (absolute hammer - German impression)
I am thinking about "go surfin' with the Cruncher", "Halibut Beach" by the Halibuts, "Don't fear the Reverb" by Slacktone, "Reverb Explosion" by the El Caminos,
"Ridin' the First Wave" by the Bitch Boys, "Fiberglass Rocket" by Jon & The Nightriders or "Swimmin' In The Reverb" by the Woodies. I start playing the record and the tracks
come out like fired from a machinegun... Bam Bam bam bam Bam!
I felt the same with the LP / CD of Lorenzo Valdambrini aka Surfer Joe. I had been in the lucky position to listen to few tunes in the tour van.
Lorenzo put the CD in the player when the Insect Surfers picked me up in Berlin. We had a little ride though the city to a record store and finally went to the
soundcheck at Bassy Club. So enough time to get a first impression of the new album.
12 tracks (as it was usual for LPs in the past), 10 of them originals, are representing a very varied repertoire.
Only the last track "Beach City Bop" (composition of Paul Johnson, who re-recorded this song with friends including Lorenzo) does not fit that well the harmonic
atmosphere of the record. My favorites are El Senor Surf, Devil's Bridge, Waveboard Action, North Swell and Changing Things.
For me definitely THE Surf release of the year and a MUST HAVE for every collector, no matter if on vinyl as LP or CD! (I purchased both).
Nachdem das neue Werk von "Surfer Joe" Lorenzo Vadambrini nun schon Dank der Expresslieferung seit einigen Tagen angekommen ist und ich es schon ausgiebig gespielt habe, ist es Zeit für ein kleines Review.
Klein deshalb, weil es zu dem Album eigentlich nicht soooo viel zu sagen gibt, denn es fällt nicht wirklich aus dem Rahmen, denn es bietet wirklich authentische Surfmusik der 60er Jahre, aus der sogenannten
"First Wave" des instrumental surf.
Insofern ist "Senor Surf" natürlich doch etwas Besonderes, denn ich habe selten neuere Kompositionen (10 der 12 Titel sind von Lorenzo selbst geschrieben) so klassisch klingen gehört.
Beim Hören fühlt man sich tatsächlich 50 Jahre zurückkatapultiert nach Kalifornien, irgendwo an den Strand, den Wellen und den Surfern zuschauen oder mit Woodie auf irgendeiner Strandstraße...
Klingt nach Klischee und hört sich auch genauso an, und das ist auch gut so. ;-)
Das Ganze ist hervorragend produziert und ein musikalischer Hochgenuss; genau das Richtige für uns alte Männer, um bei einem Bier bei Sonnenuntergang an alte Zeiten zu denken.
Wer neben dem ganzen neumodischen Surf-Zeug auch klassischen 60s instrumenal surf mag, ist jedenfalls mit "Senor Surf" von Surfer Joe perfekt bedient...
I really like the sound of this record, I listen to The Ventures, Dick Dale & so... much more of the 60's surf music. This record measures up to that great surf music of that time in history.
If you listen and enjoy good surf music pick up a copy of this great recording from Surfer Joe!
What a remarkable record! Senor Surf, by Surfer Joe, is definitely one for the books. Except for the last cut, when we are treated to a cool tune by Paul Johnson & Friends,
Senor Surf is performed by two men, Surfer Joe (Lorenzo Valdambrini) on guitars and drums, and Diego M. Fuenteseca on bass.
The thing that stands out the most, and makes Senor Surf an exemplary album, is Surfer Joe's remarkable talent. Man, oh man, can this guy play. Many of us who flog away
on more than one instument are fair to middling with each one. Surfer Joe is extraordinary on whatever he touches. You have got to hear him for youself.
Surfer Joe: Senor Surf Senor Surf is a twelve-track all instrumental album. Nine of the tracks are previously unreleased. It's available as a 12" vinyl LP or on CD.
The LP has six cuts on each side, just like in the old days. On the cover of Surfer Joe's LP it says, "International Surf Music Ambassador." He's all of that and more.
Surfer Joe is a cool guy, too. A premier booker and promoter, he works tirelessly for the advancement of the surf music community.
Do yourself a favor and get your hands on Senor Surf. It's a great album. And while you're listening to it, be sure to check out Surfer Joe's kick-ass playing.
I'd give my old Chevy and a sizable hunk of cash to have that man's talent.
Anyone who claims to be a big surf fan knows who Surfer Joe is and rightfully so. He is the "International Surf Music Ambassador". From putting on festivals
to helping set tours up to bookings to hosting a radio show and he is also a musician .The man has sat in with many top surf bands and also formed the Wadadli
Riders (2005-2011), his current band is The Boss Combo.So that brings us to Surfer Joe's first solo album "Senor Surf".
This puppy washes ashore with 12 pretty fine tracks of traditional surf that actually sound like they were done in the early 60's. Of the 10 originals
here a few of them date back a couple of years and one "The North Swell" was released previously on Double Crown's "Brave New Surf" compilation in 2011.
Highlights include: "Macaroni Pie", "Waveboard Action", "Twangy Drippy Twisty" and "El Senor Surf".
This is one killer surf album no matter how you look at it and if your a surf fan it is a must have.If your not into surf this is a great introduction.
Definitely one of the better surf albums to come down the pike in the last couple of years and that's saying something. Recommended.
What a remarkable record! Senor Surf, by Surfer Joe, is definitely one for the books. Except for the last cut, when we are treated to a cool tune by Paul Johnson &
Friends, Senor Surf is performed by two men, Surfer Joe (Lorenzo Valdambrini) on guitars and drums, and Diego M. Fuenteseca on bass.
The thing that stands out the most, and makes Senor Surf an exemplary album, is Surfer Joe's remarkable talent. Man, oh man, can this guy play.
Many of us who flog away on more than one instrument are fair to middling with each one. Surfer Joe is extraordinary on whatever he touches.
You have got to hear him for youself.
There are songs that were written still at the time when Lorenzo Surfer Joe was in Antigua. After the release of "Made in Antigua" on July 2009, Wadadli Riders started
working on new material that has never been released, but that has been played live on stage. Going towards the new recordings, Wadadli Riders did suddenly split and
since then Surfer Joe has been extremely busy with the new line up of the BOSS COMBO. The amount of concerts that the new band has done in the past 2 years is impressive
for a surf band, and in addition to this Lorenzo has participated to various tours on drums (John Blair Band, Paul Johnson & Friends,
Frankie & The Poolboys, Kilaueas, Surfadelics, Insect Surfers & more) and managed other bands and tours.
The Boss Combo is a power-surf band, with their own sound and style that take advantage of the composition of Luca (Lorenzo's brother), Lorenzo's stage presence and
the great rhythm section of Tommi (bass) and Togno (drums). Lorenzo Surfer Joe with his own songwriting is definitely more traditional, so he felt natural to complete
something that was started already some years ago.
This album represents Lorenzo's taste in surf music, a mix between 60s "first wave" material, new ideas and strong melodies. He wanted to put on tape his concept of
surf music evolved from jazz and rock 'n' roll, maintaining the key features of the genre and its basic simplicity. These melodies are not complicated pieces of music,
but rather an easy listening and remembering group of energetic surf tunes.
In modern surf music business Lorenzo Valdambrini (aka Surfer Joe) represents a strong reality, playing and organizing events worldwide.
He dedicates his life to surf music with a positive attitude and a great energy, always ready for new experiences and ideas while keeping an eye on the tradition of the genre which involves the most typical reverb drenched guitar sounds and pushing drum beats inspired by jazz and rock 'n' roll.
After the years spent in the Caribbean and the many performances as Wadadli Riders - also releasing in 2009 the album "Made In Antigua" and an EP titled "Rev Hank Meets Wadadli Riders" produced together with Reverb Ranch (Canada) in 2010 - Surfer Joe came back to Europe in 2011 and formed a new group, the Boss Combo, to carry on his work and produce new music.
Concentrating on the touring and delivering a power-surf style, the band did more than 100 concerts in the first year!
"Senor Surf" is the first solo release of Surfer Joe. It collects pieces from some years back and finally glues them together,
but also presents brand new compositions that reveal the devotion to the classic surf sound of the 60s revisited with a fascinating style. "Senor Surf"
flies from California to Italy, passing by enchanted Caribbean beaches and visiting remote European locations.
This is the world of Surfer Joe, made of simple melodies, groovy arrangements, twanging notes, stories to tell and surf music.
We hope you will enjoy listening to this album as much as we enjoyed recording it!
Ok, when you listen to Senor Surf you are in the 60s!
But hey, this is NOT a vintage effect per se, it is just the way it has been recorded. Let me explain.
I have chosen to work with Jorge Explosion at Circo Perrotti, one of the coolest analog recording studios
on the planet and certainly one of the most experienced. An experience born from being a musician, trying, testing equipment, making mistakes, experimenting, and most of all... listening.
Instead of "inventing" techniques and watching a computer screen we decided to listen to the music we were doing, if we were liking it or not. Taking this choice
means to go the old way, to "trust" the person you are working with, letting him do his job while putting a bit of his own taste into the product. Jorge is not just
a studio technician, he does not handle the knobs and faders, but he understands what you are doing and brings it to a productive way, giving life to it. This is why
Jorge Explosion is listed as co-producer of this album. We together have "produced" this sound.
Now coming to the "vintage" sounding fact... well, I used a Jazzmaster or Jaguar guitar into a Fender Reverb tank and a brownface amp. That's it. All recorded in
analog on tape, edited and mastered in analog. What would you expect? All microphones are the right ones to pick the perfect acoustic drums sound (a 60s Ludwig kit) which means
- like it or not - "old" equipment from Neumann to AKG. The bass guitar goes straight into a nice Ampeg Combo. And no additional effects on the takes, only a fun mix
of echo units, reverbs and compressors in the mixing process.
I am very proud of the result. I know someone will not like it, but this is the sound of the instruments I used, it is all very natural. All the rest depends on my hands and the ability
or making, or not, mistakes. Everything is recorded direct, drums have no metronome not to keep the tempo quantized and maintaining it alive.
Anyway, this is Senor Surf and I am glad I had the chance to live this experience!