Laramie: Well, I got my first guitar from my buddy in school. He won it
on the Boardwalk in Jersey. I gave him my comic book money for it!
My first riff, is still my opening song today, " Surf Wolf". At the time
I called it " Spy Punk" . Had no idea what surf was.
Tx Punk: I know when I saw you Live you mentioned a couple of the songs were written before you even knew what Surf music was. How and when did you find out about said genre?
Laramie: Well, I started playing my song at, yep, music stores, driving clerks crazy! Typical! But, one guy, said, " that sounds kinda like surf guitar. I was actually insulted! Growing up in upstate NY, I had no idea what surf was, except ' Fast Times at Ridgemont High". I imagined everyone walking around, saying " DUDE " and whatnot! Later, Rhino Records opened up in Albany NY, and I got exposed to the real stuff.
Laramie: Man, thats hard. I started working for Dick Dale in 2004, just drove 3000 miles, straight to his ranch, and told him I wanted to learn from him. I got hired. From there, I've toured alot. I'll tell ya a funny one, about going to see ' The Grudge " with Dick. It was on my first tour with him. I found out he loves to go to the movies. So, he lets me pick. I love horror movies, and Sam Rami, so naturally, I'm stoked to see this, and with Dick Dale no less!
I did not know that Dick is terrified of horror pics! As we enter the theatre, he announces " I'm Dick Dale! Anyone here see Pulp Fiction?!?!"
I was like, whats up? Well, he gets a crowd around him, and its Halloween, so everyones giving him candy and stuff. Hes talking. Turns out, this is how he gets comfortable before a scary movie!.Because during the movie, he starts calling peoples names! The girsl are like " its ok Dick! " I was dying! Super funny! He told me, I couldnt pick out the movies anymore! The next night, I saw ' Shaun of the Dead " by myself!
Tx Punk: You've also played many exotic countries. Do you have a favorite place that you've toured?
Well, everyone and their mother brags about going to Europe. Its actually way easier to tour there. It's like doing a regional tour. If you can tour across the US, thats a major accomplishment.
Laramie: Dont get me wrong, I was, and am super stoked to go there. Did over 40 days with Agent Orange. Covered Europe, and the UK. I gotta say, that the shows there are super high energy, and merch does awesome. We went all over. In Madrid, we had trouble finding the club, so I saw a guy with a guitar on his back, and yelled out the window " guiatr-o!!!" and he stopped! HE actually got mad! That cracked us up! I tried the same thing in Czechoslovakia, and it worked!
Oh, and everyone speaks English, except the French pretend not to understand.
Laramie: thats tuff. I gotta say, after 400 plus with Agent Orange, I have to say
" Living In Darkness " !!!
Tx Punk: What's your favorite Surf album?
Laramie: Again, Dick Dales, " Surfers Choice "
Tx Punk: Are there any new releases on the horizon?
Laramie: totally, got the tunes ready to go. Been 4 years since " Surf Riot " came out. Its sold really well. 3 pressings. Its out of print now. Only on iTunes.
Recording fall 2011. Want it out early 2012.
Tx Punk: It seems like the Surf rock community is very tightly knit, where one band will have members of the other frequently in their line up. Isn't it a little bit like Punk Rock, since both are also a cult following style genre?
Laramie: Yeah, except no one other than Dick Dale, and the Ventures have made it to the professional level. What I mean by that is, they have sustainable careers. They dont have day jobs, or trust funds!
Laramie: Well, I've worked with the two most influential acts out there. Thats tuff!
There are a lot of artists that I would love to tour/work with for sure.
I love touring with Punk bands, the energy rules, the crowd gets what I do. I could see touring with some " bigger " punk shows, and my sound being a great addition to the bill.
Tx Punk: Any advice for upstart musicians?
Laramie: Never give up. Even if you have to get a day job, still work on your goals, dont be afraid to ask other bands/artists for help/advice. I never stop asking, never stop learning.
Tx Punk: Any final comments?
Laramie: Lets do this!
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