The Derangers

Rank #1 US Rockland, MA Instrumental / Surf / Spaghetti Western


Sounds Like: Ennio Morricone, Quentin Tarantino SOUNDTRACK, David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti, Dick Dale, The Ventures

Bio: The WESTERNMENTAL SOUND!! NEW CD release, "Derangers: The Legend of Daphne Blue" releases March 1 2014 on Deep Eddy Records! http://www.deepeddy.net/artists/derangers/
One hot Saturday afternoon in 1988, blues guitarist Drew Townson, then freshly relocated from Dallas to Boston, was laying on the... See Full Bio

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    The Legend of Daphne Blue... Released on Mar 1, 2014


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    May 4

    Cambridge, MA, US | 8:00pm

    Cambridge, MA, US
    Sun May 04 8:00pm


    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the twangin' TexMex sounds of The Derangers and Los Texicanos, both together on one bill!

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    May 29

    Rochester, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Rochester, NY, US
    Thu May 29 8:00pm


    Derangers CD Release Party! Drew comes back to Roch with his band and a couple of special guests! Hi-Riser and old pal Todd Bradley will open the night. This is going to be fun!

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    May 30

    Canandaigua, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Canandaigua, NY, US
    Fri May 30 8:00pm


    Kick off your summer at the lake with a surf music beach party! V-Pub goes all Tiki Bar with an all-instrumental double bill featuring Rochester's Roarshark and Boston's Derangers! Get ready to go-go dance and drink tropical cocktails with umbrellas on them! Surf's Up Baby!

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Q: Hey guys, saw your show at Johnny D's the other week and loved it! Just curious - is Monkey Island a reference to the game?
A: Wow, thanks - glad you liked us. We're playing next on Sat 27th during the day on the USS Salem in Quincy. Come see us if you can! I wrote and recorded Monkey Island in 1995. The idea of the track came from watching cheesy old 1940s and 50s movies on TV as a kid. There were always low-budget King Kong-like Jungle movies - like Tarzan, you know? Movies where there was an expedition in to the heart of darkness with a Great White Hunter and scary natives and lost temples and crocks and the never ending sound-effects background track of chattering monkeys and whooping birds, along with the foreboding music. It was rumbling volcanos - quicksand - bamboo huts - shrunken heads - vines - and barely getting out alive. Danger was around every bend of the piranha-infested river. The music in those always had a jungle beat - but it was a Hollywood-interpretation of a jungle beat - . like what Gene Krupa would have called a jungle rhythm. Pound those floor-toms! And the minor key harmonic structure to sound exotic and foreign. So that's what I was going for. And the name Monkey Island just sounded like it could be the name of one of those movies. All the monkey sounds were made with guitar. There you go - more than you ever wanted to know about Monkey Island!

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