Laramie Dean pines for surf music’s golden age, when tremolo and reverb guitar ruled the airwaves, and when everything seemed to come straight out of a James Bond movie.
The former Agent Orange tour ax man (and Dick Dale disciple) might owe a lot to the legendary surf guitarist, but he says he also owes the likes of East Bay Ray of the Dead Kennedys, whose surf-inspired guitar was the driving force behind his own brand of surf-punk today.
Dean will be closing the first leg of his summer tour at Tricky Falls on Saturday, July 6, with his band Dean & Dale, which is comprised of him, Jimmy Dale (Dick Dale’s son) on drums and Trevor Lucca on bass. Los Satanicos and Long Beach band Hardship Anchors will open.
Q. Hey Laramie so how is Dick Dale doing?
Dick is doing great! He’s gonna be on a big U.S. tour at the same time we are on tour! He is heading to the Northeast, and we are going Southeast and back. Our tour is just short of 30 days. I talk to him almost every week. He has some health issues still, but keeps on going!
Q. I see that you call yourselves Dean & Dale now. Is this a new development to the earlier act you guys toured with a couple years ago?
Not reallly, except that I wanted to get Jimmy’s name out there more. Someone asked on Facebook when the next Dean/Dale tour was coming through, and I liked the sound of it.
Q. You must love playing the Tiki Bar circuit!
Played plenty of tiki bars! Had part one of my three-part record release parties at the world famous Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale! Then the next night with the Misfits! The third show was in Miami at Churchill’s. South Florida has been great to me, gave me the courage to take my shows across the U.S.A. The 400-plus shows I played with Agent Orange did a lot for me.
Q. Did you grow up around surf music?
No, my parents went to Woodstock – they were hippies. I got into surf guitar from James Bond movies, and “Repo Man”! Then Rhino Records opened in Albany, N.Y., in 1991 and I got exposed to the real surf!
Q. Are there any contemporary surf punk guitarists you would love to also collaborate with? Or do a side project with?
East Bay Ray! All my old ’90s instros sound like DK-inspired.
Q. What do you think has and remains the allure of the subculture connected to surf music?
Well, when it’s done right, it’s powerful and cinematic. For me, it’s best live. It’s hard to capture that energy in an album. Since the early ’90s I’ve listened to some great bands. But the King is Dick Dale. Period.
Dick & Dale
Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso
Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.
$10, all ages
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