Meet The Surf Zombies: We play fast crazy fun surf instrumentals. We have four full length records out with our latest "It's a....THING!" just released. We love to play live and seem to be on a roll. Our first gig was opening for Dick Dale and we have rocked numerous festivals,car shows and night clubs since. Past festivals include Iowa Summer of the Arts, Friday'Loo in Waterloo, 319Fest, CR Amphitheatre Fest, Tourquefest, Sand in the City Fest, Gregory J's Flying Eyeball Re-union, Barbeque Round-up, Tanager Place Car Show, Iowa Rock N Roll Hall of Fame concert and Floodstock.
Trevor Trieber is the newest Surf Zombie bassman. His songwriting has added serious power to the new Surf Zombie sound the kids are all talking about. He also plays in The Blendours and is a super rock showman and a serious musician.
Tyler Russell is the beat maker. He is a solid musician and arranger. Originally from the Quad Cities. The Surf Zombies have featured the best drummers in Eastern Iowa and Tyler has topped them all! At his audition, he came in with the songs written our in standard drum notation and knew every beat and fill. He has blown our minds ever since. The parts Tyler writes are simply great and it's amazing to play onstage with him.
Ian Williams handles the Jazzmaster role. His songwriting is totally stepping up the expectations for future Surf Zombies music. His playing style spans indie rock to clean sunny shimmering wammy bar chords and melodies and also captures the essence of 60's garage rock. Ian is a professional audio engineer and he really likes old tape recorders. He also is a professional guitar tech and plays in a great indie rock band called The Wheelers.
I am the guy who generates hype for the band and plays guitar. They call me Brook Hoover. I spend my days plotting my agenda in a dark dungeon. Someone has to do it. I also write a lot of tunes and book shows and make set lists. The studio we record in is in my basement and it is a fun relaxed place to lay down tracks. We have a nice collection of 50's and 60's tube amps down there so it's a good place to hang out. I use a mid 60's Deluxe Reverb amp live and play a Jaguar. Surf Zombies shows make me nervous, but we have stuck with it for about 8 years and it's getting easier and more fun all the time. I too am a studio operator guy and am a reasonably popular guitar teacher. I am still in shock I earn a living fiddling around with guitars and amps.
I played instrumentals from a young age and always had a soft spot for the surf sound. My buddies and I were rehearsing when we were about 14 a weird uncle tested one of our guitars and played the slide down and EGBGEGBGEGBGEGBG riff of "Pipeline" over and over then he wandered off with a crazed look in his eye and were were hooked for life.
Something about surf instrumentals seemed very distant, exotic and alluring to us. It's a happy sounds, but can be pretty heavy and menacing. We also learned "Wipe Out" and played it for our 9th grade talent assembly the whole school screamed like Beatlemania and it's been downhill ever since. I have been out punk rockin in the Midwest since the 70's. We re-discovered our landlocked surf roots a few years back and it's been a thrilling hellride ever since.
We know it's a niche sound, but people are finding us and enjoying us more and more. We sell downloads and cds to people all over the world and this style is getting more popular all the time. I think of it as a reaction against the overly rigid computer based music people are bombarded with day in and day out. Little kids totally get it.
Surf instrumentals can be light and happy, medium tempo, slow and creepy or super fast and heavy. We take a lot of time when writing and arranging our songs, but once we get the sound the way we like it, it's well worth the work. It's the most challenging band we've ever been in. It's easy to screw up with this style especially with no vocalist as a focus point. Our first cd was done a few years back in Iowa City , our 2nd CD is "Something Weird" followed by "Lust for Rust. We'd like to thank everyone for coming to our shows and sharing the fun of this exciting form of music!