Take Cover!!

December 15th, 2012 No comments

At long last, we’re proud to give everyone a sneak peak at the artwork for our first album, And Now the Use of Tools…

If all goes as planned, the 6-song EP will be in hand and ready to go at next week’s Holiday Ho-Daddy at Byrne’s – just in time to stuff the surf out of every stocking in town!!

Final Cover Artwork for "And Now the Use of Tools..."

 

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Skateboard Sapiens??

December 12th, 2012 No comments

The band’s favorite skateboarding sapien, Taylor Nawrocki, was in Italy for a couple months, tering up the sidewalks and blowing their gelato-addled minds with his deft bipedalism.

Check it this killer video of Taylor, who bears more than a passing resemblance to one drum-fisted Surfeci we know…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WbC5M1SQ1o

Maybe we’ll see The Ecola Virus in Part 3???

Ho-Daddy!!

November 8th, 2012 No comments

Mark your calendars, folks, because it’s official… The 2012 Holiday Ho-Daddy Benefit Show is set for Thursday, December 20th at Byrne’s Pub!

This will be our 4th annual show to raise money for the Mid-Ohio FoodBank, which helps provide more than 100,000 meals to hungry Ohioans every day.

Stay tuned for times and details, and get ready to surf it up for a great cause!

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It Came From the Garage!

October 18th, 2012 No comments

We decided to switch things up a bit before our studio session next week and moved tonight’s noise session out of The Cave and into… The Garage!

Like so many surf bands that came before us (or after, rather!), tonight found us busting out the extension cords and plugging in forty watts of fun into the nearest wall outlet that would have us. After keeping things quiet in The Cave for the past few sessions, it was awesome to hear the songs full bore again – particularly the Drumbuie, who always takes full advantage of open air to really throw some stones.

With the exception of Rumble and Dragonmen, we stuck to the six songs we’re running to tape. An impromptu Gorilla session under their belts earlier this week kept Drumbuie and LFEC especially tight – so much so that by the second song I realized I needed to get on the beat or get left behind! Overall, things sounded great, and with a little extra time in the woodshed over the next week, we should be in pretty good shape when the red light starts to blink.

It was also good to hear the song order play out as well as it did. On paper it made sense, but sometimes a setlist can have audible consequences when two songs butt against each other in unintended ways.

Nothing doing for this list, though, so we’re officially locking in the EP as:

1) The Ecola Virus
2) Panbanisha Raises the Alarm
3) Butch Cassowary and the Sundance Echidna
4) Sleepover at Camp Tsavo
5) Surf’s Up at the Cape of Good Hope
6) The Apes of Wrath

As for the title of this disasterpiece… Well, you’ll just have to wait until we get the artwork done to find that out!

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Bargain of the Century!

October 11th, 2012 No comments

Just found out that the greatest television show of all time was recently released in its glorious mammalian entirety as a DVD box set!

“Why, whatever could it be, Six-string Sapien? Do tell.”

Of course I’ll tell, Rhetorical Conversationalist, it’s Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp of course!!

For less than $20 at Amazon, you get over 600 minutes of pure simian craziness, including music videos by Link’s band, The Evolution Revolution!

If you still have no idea what I’m talking about, let’s put it this way… Imagine the original Get Smart series portrayed entirely by chimpanzees who talk! Yes, that’s right… the chimp actors are chimp-synced to actual voices for the whole show. Throw in chase scenes, corny jokes and a fully-fleshed, semi-racist rogues gallery and you’re looking at hours of gasket-blowing good times!

Still not convinced? In that case, allow me to let the opening theme song to the show do the talking for me.

Natch.

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Studio Sapiens?!?!

October 3rd, 2012 No comments

That’s right… at long last, the Mighty Mammals of Australosurfecus are making a brief migration into a studio environment for your ultimate listening pleasure!

We’ve booked a short session with local mix-meister, Dan Boyd, on October 28th to record our first EP. We’re currently planning to lay down tracks for six songs, and while we’re not 100% locked in on the list, it will definitely include both old and new Surfecus tunes as we try to showcase the broad spectrum of audible ridiculousness we’re capable of.

The timing is also to get the album done and back in time for this year’s Holiday Ho-Daddy Benefit Show, ensuring that you’ll all have something really special to throw in people’s stockings ‘n such this holiday season!

Because nothing says, “I’m somewhat fond of and/or partially obligated to you” quite like six tracks of garage surf madness!

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Dragging Knuckles

August 24th, 2012 No comments

After a long hiatus, the three of us descended into The Cave tonight for a much-needed night of knocking the dust and rust off, bending new wire and stretching new calfskin. These come-back sessions usually start out baboon ugly as we force our hand to play catch-up with the songs we hear in our collective ear, and this one was no different.

This session had additional comedic effect due to our exceptionally low volume. As most of you know, there has been a recent addition to the Surf Bass family, and since this mini-sapien occupies the uppermost catacombs of The Cave we obliged to keep things beneath a dull roar.

For me, this meant plugging into a piece of equipment that has been around since the start of the band – the infamous Kustom KLA-10 practice amp! Let’s just say this – If you’ve never heard rusty, treble-heavy surf guitar through the solid-state glory of a 5″ speak with no reverb, consider yourself fortunate!

As always, surf life begins with Rumble, which we promptly turned into a coffeehouse classic by happily copping to our reduced audible intensity. From there we started working through all our originals, which immediately prompted a string of our best it’s-been-way-too-damn-long idioms, such as:

Who wrote these songs?!
Wait a minute… Isn’t that in A? No?
Wow, I completely missed the on-ramp to that solo.

And my perennial favorite… We only have ourselves to blame!

True to form, though, within a couple songs the rust loosens up, the fingers remember and the songs come back to life. Even our more recent additions to the line-up like Piltdown and Pangea sounded solid – Even a crazy little practice amp from the 80s can’t make that first chord of Pangea sound bad!

After a quick hydro-break we dove back in with some writing. LFEC has had a bass riff lodged in his cerebellum for much too long and was able to lay it out for us. Very cool, with a great vibe, and inkeeping with his hatred of even numbers the main riff covers 9 bars!

It came into the world as a straightforward rockin’ kind of thing. Drumbuie started bumping in and around the bassline and throwing out several different feels, and it’s always a treat to hear what his Congolese mind comes up with.

What really surprised us was a noodly little countermelody my dragging knuckles stumbled into that immediately threw the whole endeavor into a very spy-movie feel. It was one of those great musical moments where something unexpected fits right in and solidifies all the elements on the fringe of a riff that our minds don’t see but our ears can’t help but recognize. Drumbuie’s eyes light up, LFEC starts smiling and we know we’re onto something.

Things really locked in when, on a whim, I threw some crazy fuzz onto the guitar that took the vibe the last 10 yards. I’ve been wanting to write a fuzz song for a while now, and have also wanted to get a nice spy-infused song into our catalog – two birds, one stone much?

To cap off the night, we also discussed moving our madness to a temporary, microphone-laden locality to audibly document things in a permanent, shareable and listenable form and evolving into… Studio Sapiens!

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Astro-Analog!

August 16th, 2012 No comments

Just placed a pre-order for the new 7″ vinyl from Man or Astro-Man, Analog Series Vol. 1, which is due to be released in the next week or two!

Linkage: http://www.chunklet.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=104

First new songs from our favorite future surfers in years, and after seeing the band live last year we couldn’t be more fired up. And it sounds like there are several more 7″ pressings in the works, leading up to a full-length album, which is even better.

Chunklet has them for $7.95 plus shipping, so all you hipster homonids with a turntable in your cave need to get on it. As the Kiswahili say… Haraka haraka, chop chop!

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Shirtacular!

July 28th, 2012 No comments

Can’t decide what to wear this weekend? Well throw those ol’ animal hides back on the cave floor and step out onto the beach wearing THE OFFICIAL T-SHIRTS OF YOUR FAVORITE PALEO-SURF BAND!

http://www.skreened.com/australosurfecus

That’s right, you fashionable primates… We’ve joined up with Skreened, a Columbus-based retailer, to offer several of our favorite designs on the color and size of your choice!

Responsibly sourced, primate approved, and it looks like Skreened is offering free shipping on all orders this weekend. We’ll also be loading in more designs as the mood strikes us, and there’s even talk of a limited edition design for this year’s Holiday Ho-Daddy show…

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Kamanawanasurfa

June 12th, 2012 No comments

While we acknowledge Dick Dale as the father of surf music, today we celebrate the great-great-granddaddy of surf itself – it’s King Kamehameha Day! While he was known for storming the beach at Waikiki in a very different fashion, his unification of Hawaii and defense of its indigenous culture against European influence helped keep Hawaii in a surfing state of mind.

So crawl out from under the Naha stone you’ve been living under, throw on a grass skirt and hula it up!

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