Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake pay tribute to the classic surf and rock n roll instrumentals of the 1960’s and the more introspective music of the 1970’s surf films and update the genre for today’s more credible, discerning and extreme, modern surfer with their new album Modern Surf Classics out January 27 on Reis’ own Swami Records. 13 original, modern surf compositions create this tidal wave of booming tom toms, skronking saxophones and a chaotic surge of guitars. Recorded in January 2013 underneath Crystal Pier in the Pacific Beach part of San Diego, CA with the expertise of Ben Moore and an outfitted VW Van as a mobile recording unit.
The band consists of John Reis (Hot Snakes, Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Night Marchers) on guitar and other stringed instruments backed by the muscular, psych punk of Minneapolis’ The Blind Shake (Goner, Castle Face).
Today, the band has shared a new track, “Sea Saw” with Noisey,
2/12 — San Francisco, CA — Bottom of the Hill
2/13 — Los Angeles, CA — The Satellite
2/14 — Long Beach, CA — Alex’s Bar
2/15 — San Diego, CA — Casbah
2/19 — Minneapolis, MN — Turf Club
2/20 — Milwaukee, WI — Shank Hall
2/21 — Chicago, IL — Empty Bottle
2/25 — Brooklyn, NY — St. Vitus
2/26 — New York, NY — Mercury Lounge
2/27 — Washington, DC — Rock & Roll Hotel
2/28 — Philadelphia, PA — Underground Arts: Black Box