Bikini Beach Band’s unusual take on Surf guitar music (they call it ‘Surf-Noir’) has its roots in the late 50’s/early 60’s bands like The Ventures and The Shadows in that they mix classic surf and rock and roll numbers such as Wipe Out and Miserlou with contemporary pop songs such as Blue Monday and Toxic with expert musicianship and great sense of showmanship.
Bikini Beach Band’s unusual take on Surf guitar music (they call it ‘Surf-Noir’) has its roots in the late 50’s/early 60’s bands like The Ventures and The Shadows in that they mix classic surf and rock and roll numbers such as Wipe Out and Miserlou with contemporary pop songs such as Blue Monday and Toxic with expert musicianship and great sense of showmanship. A combination of wild costumes, great set moves and fantastic Rock and Roll absolutely deadpan. This never fails to fascinate and entertain audiences who always end up smiling, dancing and singing along.
Two duelling guitars, bass and drums: the set up is simple and classic. And while relocating contemporary songs to the timeless era of Twang conjures a retro vibe (think Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, Ventures or Shadows), the Bikini Beach Band’s choice of material and sheer musical audacity and wit elevates this deceptively simple formula into something fresh, exciting, and above all, entertaining. Who else could mash Radiohead’s Creep up with Richie Valens’ La Bamba, call it La Creepa, and make it both danceable and funny. On-stage, the boys themselves remain silent and resolutely deadpan at all times – much to everyone’s delight.
While supporting Pulp (by special request) in their heyday, Jarvis Cocker admitted he preferred The Beach’s version of Babies to Pulp’s own. Likewise, the Arctic Monkeys have yet to hear a more rockin’ take on Dancefloor, and La Roux’s Elly Jackson was witnessed ”dancing her socks off” to the BBB’s Bulletproof as the boys rocked her party recently. Of course, the ‘flaming Copacabana’ or Hawaiian themed costumes (always with fezzes and Elvis ‘Vegas’ shades) and the co-ordinated dance moves supply the vital element of showbiz. And the show is occasionally complemented by the gorgeous, exotic and metrosexual Hula Honeys, whose grass-skirted shimmying is as beguiling as it is superbly choreographed.
Having moved up through the exotic, easy-listening scene (Club Indigo, Blow-Up), today’s glamorous kitsch extravaganzas like Guilty Pleasures embrace the BBB’s joyous spin on pop classics, while trashy, boozy, Burlesque-themed rock ‘n’ roll shindigs like East London’s Gypsy Hotel thrive on the band’s ‘Noir’ side. The Bikini Beach Band swings both ways.
Firm festival favourites (Big Chill, Bestival, Glastonbury, Latitude, Lovebox, Lost Vagueness, Solfest) the boys cast a ray of sunshine – whatever the weather.
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‘Londons’ Kings of Surf-Noir’
“I want their autographs!”
Noel Gallagher reviewing Some Might Say on GLR
‘One of the highlights of the Big Chill weekend’
‘Don’t you just love stumbling across a gem? Finding by chance a gig so brilliant you wonder if you’ll ever enjoy other music in quite the same way again? If, like me, your answer is yes, gems are quite nice to stumble upon, then may I suggest you seek out the fabulous Bikini Beach Band, an East-London based guitar led surf band’
‘Who needs words when you have this much style? ‘
‘They were the definition of perfection. A kickass way to end the festival.’
Kimberley Willis music-news.com