Thursday, December 30, 2010
2010 update! 200 days on the road! Another 50,000 miles on the van! Got to headline 23 sh0ws!
From Los Angeles to Seatlle, down to San Diego, over to Ft. Laduderdale, up tp Atlanta, and back through El Paso and Tucson! Gotta thank all the great promoters, and friends that made this possible! Great band memebers too! Korey Kingston, Jeff Bennett, the Mattson 2, Trevor Lucca and Jimmy Dale! 2011 is starting out great, doing NYE with Agent Orange in Cocoa Beach, and staying out with them through January 16th. Come see me, and pick up my latest 7". Speaking of, gotta thank my great friends Greg and Mike of the Reigning Monarchs! Down load our split single on iTunes, and buy the vinyl too!!! Ok, see you at the show! -LD
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Laramie Dean plays a ‘Hella’ Surf Riot
By Maribel Santoyo
Very few in history can boast about a “Grade A” caliber apprenticeship. Plato. Aristotle, maybe—and a few others that just elude the memory right now. But with absolute certainty, Laramie Dean can. He was, after all, indoctrinated by the “King of Surf Guitar” Dick Dale.
If at this point you’re wondering who “this Laramie Dean character is”, you’re forgiven. But if you must ask who Dick Dale is, we might have to backhand-smack you and explain how he essentially pioneered and popularized “surf guitar” in the 1960’s, turned it into a cult genre, and made excessive guitar reverb the “cool” effect it is today. Reverb is, frankly, always welcome anyway.
See, years before Quentin Tarantino put Dick Dale’s surf hit “Misirlou” back onto the hipster radar with his 1995 cult film Pulp Fiction, a very young Laramie Dean was still holed up in his room learning the staccato chords to an elementary version of “Pipeline” by The Chantays.
And, much like most other New Yorkers then, the then aspiring guitarist said he was still relatively oblivious to the sunny, west coast sounds of surf rock, surf punk, or any other member of the “surfus genus” gene pool until he incorporated it into his own performance repertoire. That is, when the guitarist got his claws on some new music.
“I knew some guys who were working with Rhino records, original owners, friends of those guys…. first thing I was exposed to was a Link Wray tape, some Ventures, and surf guitar comps,” said the surf guitarist from L.A.
After a little over a decade, Dean has shared the stage with just about every notable punk act to include Agent Orange, the Queers, Fishbone, the Misfits, and Anti-Flag, to name a few. But it was when he began collaborating with Joe “Queer” of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire punk group The Queers (of “Noodle Brain” fame) that he and Joe (Queer) decided to take a drive to Portland, Maine to catch Dick Dale at a show, he said. After paying a second visit to Dale’s ranch with his wife, Dean finally befriended the maestro and the rest is history.
After 100 shows under the scrutiny of the legend himself, Laramie Dean put together an LP titled “Surf Riot” with probably a similar, furious inspiration that possessed Jack Keraouc to pound out “On The Road” on a roll of telegraph paper in a few days.
“I wrote it in my friend’s room over a Friday and a Saturday… right after touring with Dick Dale, sorta like he used to do when he was touring with the Deltones,” he said.
And if the hairs on the back of your neck aren’t standing on end by the end of a Laramie Dean set, then maybe you should seek meaning elsewhere. But his surf punk reinterpretation of classic tracks like “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “Pipeline” will make the show at Badland Billiards next Saturday, Oct. 9 more than worth it. Important to note is that Dick Dale’s son Jimmy, who’s been playing drums with his dad since he was, as Dean puts it, “a little freakin baby,” will be playing, too. Local openers The Slicks, The Rusty Bishops, and Pushback! come on first.
Shoot some pool, crack open a Pabst Blue Ribbon before the show you hipster you, and have a grand old time “79915 Style”.
What: Laramie Dean
Where: Badlands Billiards, 7792 Franklin Dr
When? Oct 9, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Ok! Made it home from another tour!
11 cities form Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Alburquerque, NM. Had a blast with Trevor and Jimmy! Here is a picture of us at one of my favorite diners, the Owl Cafe in " Owlburquerque " NM!
These guys were a blast to travel with! We drove straight from Los Angeles to Gainsville FL for our first show. Thanks to everyone that helped out.
We are heading back out to make up some dates that I had to push back to October. El Paso TX and Tucson, AZ!
Looking forward to it!
Also, I started playing with a new surf band in Los Angeles! We are called the Finksville 5!
Playing with Norman and Ryan from the Ghastly Ones, Dan Moses from the Dynotones, and
Danny Mangana, formely of Big Sandy! Our first show is this Saturday
with the Woggles from Atlanta GA!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Ok! Been super crazy here at DE*FI industries! Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to re-schedule some dates from last week. My apologies to the promoters and clubs.
The great new is, I am making the last 12 days of this tour insane with some new surf punks on tour with me! The first guy to come on board was a real deal California surf punk by the name of Trevor Lucca! He is an 18 year old surfer from Long Beach that will be playing bass for me! Great kid! His first concert was a Dick Dale show! Speaking of the King, the next guy to help me out with this tour last minute is Dick's son Jimmy! He has been playing drums with his dad, on stage, since he was a little freakin baby! Jimmy is an amazing musician, entertainer, and I am honored that he is doing this!
Check out the Dick Dale billboard in Long Beach! The whole world is Dicks!
Ok, spread the word, I need tenor sax or trumpet at each gig! I am serious! Email me :
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
9 city west coast tour completed! 2,700 miles and alot of laughs!
Great band of guys I had on this tour.
Jeff Bennett, sax
Jonathon Mattson, keys and a drum solo!
Jarrod Mattson, bass
Korey Kingston, drums and a keyboard solo!
Thanks to all the promoters and friends that made this happen!
Leaving August 21st for the next tour, Cali to Florida and back!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Got more dates coming, and if you have any requests, hit me up at the site,
Thursday, May 27, 2010
yours truly with the Reigning Monarchs will be at :
The Cat Club! Saturday July 10th on the Sunset Strip!
This is Slim Jim Phantoms place ( of the Stray Cats!)
and it is a blast to play there again! Gonna crush it !!!
More details to follow!!!
I need more of these exclamation marks!!!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Here is a review from the Weekly Volcano :
"Agent Orange formed in Orange County in 1979, blending the guitar influences of Dick Dale with the aggression of the Ramones. On Saturday night at Hell's Kitchen Laramie Dean joined the band as they tore through an hour of earsplitting surf rock, both old and new. It was great to hear pretty much all of the gems off of Living in Darkness. "
Friday, May 14, 2010
Got the first location for my release party(s) with the Reigning Monarchs!
Our new split will be available July 9th at the Doll Hut in Anaheim!
Will have a show here in Los Angeles on July 10th. Location to be named
Also, got some new dates for my solo tour coming in. San Francisco, Redding, Portland Or,
El Paso Texas, Ft. Lauderdale Fl, Jacksonville Fl, and more coming soon!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Heading out from SoCal to the Mid-west, down south and back.
Started booking my solo tour for the summer, so keep checking for more dates.
New split single with the Reigning Monarchs will be done VERY soon! Booking
release party this week!
Ok, more news coming soon,
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Been waiting a long time to get my site updated!!! Special thanks to John Rivas for the great
You can now hear, and buy music and merch here. I can do alot of updates myself now too!
Really excited about it!
If you want to get in touch with John, contact me and I'll get you his info!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Been a whole year since I blogged!
Ok, we moved to Los Angeles last December!
Did US, Canada and a massive 40 plus day tour of Europe with
Agent Orange! another year of over 100 shows!
Sold out of the 1st pressing and ONLY cd copies of Surf Riot!
Started playing here in LA with some great guys. Did a couple
of local shows that went well. Gonna have a new record out
Now, I am driving back to Florida, doing some re-union shows with
my old band there, and doing a big east coast/mid-west tour with
my BFF's AO!
Thank you, my friends!
Well, started the new year with another tour with AO. Got some pics up!
Having a blast out here, best tour yet by far. Dave Klein is killing it on drums!
Mike and Perry are crushing it every night too.
Ok, if you have any photos from our shows, please send em to: