GO KAT GO! is thrilled to present an amazing night of surf, featuring our Canadian pals, The Men In Gray Suits!!! Plus New Jersey’s surf giants Black Flamingos and you can’t have a surf show in CT without our own Ninth Wave!!!
Saturday July 21st
Doors 9pm | Show 9:30pm
THE MEN IN GRAY SUITS
The Men In Gray Suits are an instrumental Surf/ Rock group from Montreal, Canada. After releasing their first studio album, “Panic At The Pier” in 2017 comprising of original compositions, the band undoubtedly made it’s mark in the surf music scene. Established in late 2012 they started out playing strictly covers. With influences from classic 60’s surf greats to the Neo-Surf acts of the 90’s onward, the band’s repertoire consists of a few surf standards but mostly lean towards the obscure, with the occasional frat-house hit, punk classic, smooth jazzy number, and even hypnotic, sometimes bordering on psychedelic, surf instrumentals. The lineup consists of Jim Johnson (Guitar), Mick Decosse (Guitar), Martin Oligny (Bass), Pat Vojtech (Drums), & Josh Fuhrman (saxophone). With hard hitting drums, two aggressive double picking guitars, groovin' bass lines, and smooth saxophone over-tones, The Men In Gray Suits quickly stood out as one of Montreal’s premier surf acts.
Black Flamingos is an instrumental trio from Asbury Park, NJ. Their debut full-length “Neon Boneyard” was released in May 2017 on Hi-Tide Recordings/Little Dickman Records.
The band has supported the release with a European tour, including a headlining slot on the Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Livorno, Italy, and extensive USA touring including performances with Dick Dale, The Ventures, Los Straitjackets, Agent Orange, Sublime with Rome, Messer Chups & more.
Black Flamingos will perform at The Hukilau, Surf Guitar 101 Convention, and Asbury Park Surf Music Festival 2018.
The ground swells of the 9th Wave were first witnessed in the mid 1990s when guitarist Mike Rosado began writing surf music in the Connecticut wilderness, miles from the nearest ocean. By the summer of 1997, the 9th Wave lineup included Mike Lewis on bass and Jim Nichols on drums. The trio recorded the band's debut album, Cruising for Mako, in 1998 and soon began to attract critical acclaim as Connecticut's premier surf instrumental combo, opening up for such musical luminaries as Dick Dale and the Amazing Crowns.
In 1999 Rosado and Nichols teamed up with bass player Denise Dixson to release 9th Wave's second CD, Surf Denial, and enlarge the band's touring radius throughout Southern New England and eventually down South. After a summer appearance in North Carolina at Sleazefest, Chapel Hill's preeminent Mardi Gras of music, moonshine and mayhem, the band added Go-go dancers to an already elaborate stage presentation, which has been known to include palm trees, surf boards, flamingos, tiki torches and fog-shrouded Polynesian masks.
The new millennium saw 9th Wave featured on three CD compilations in addition to being highlighted in numerous publications throughout the world. In the midst of a busy performance schedule, including two appearances at Sleazefest 2000, the band produced a third CD, Hurricane, the much-anticipated follow up to Surf Denial. Pursuing the diverse musical trajectory begun on the last album, the CD ventured through several styles of instrumental music including surf, spy, lounge, hot rod, sci-fi, exotica and western twang.
Following the Hurricane release, 9th Wave's line-up made a gradual shift from three-piece to four-piece. In the current line-up, Rosado's signature surf guitar sound is supported by the experienced bass touch of Negative Ed, a pounding surf beat from drummer Phearsome Phred Rawles, and vocals, flute, Farfisa organ, and rhythm guitar played by Sandy "Oceana" Rosado.
With another two years of Sleazefest performances, inclusion on two additional European compilation CDs, and over 50 gigs in the past calendar year, 9th Wave returned to the studio for the May 2003 release of Time Tunnel, 9th Wave's fourth full-length all-original CD, published by Beach House Records. This CD takes you on a journey to the days when hot rods ruled the streets and the surf instrumental movement provided the soundtrack. Time Tunnel ventures through several different styles of all-original instrumental surf, hot rod, spy, exotica, sci-fi, and western twang. All tunes were recorded live in the studio with one or two takes, to capture the excitement of a live performance. 9th Wave, the premier hot rod surf band, inflicted the fury of pounding surf on the east coast and beyond in support of this CD, including shows with Dick Dale and Laika & the Cosmonauts from Finland.
May 2006 saw the recording of the 5th CD, Creepsters from the Deep, released in 2007. The eclectic nature of Rosado's music writing continues with sci-fi, spy, creepy, jazzy, and hot rod surf tunes like "Zombies Attack", "Black Widow Spy-der", "TIdal Wave", and "Full Throttle". Then in November 2010, Victory at Sunset, the band’s 6th CD, was born. Released in 2011, the CD confirms the band’s commitment to modern surf music with such tracks as “Tsunami Escape Route”, “Liquid Summer”, and the title track. Exotic and eclectic tunes are represented by “Conquistador de las Olas”, “Island of the Lost Tiki”, “Desert Caravan”, and the rousing “Clown Away”. Other diverse tunes represent the genres of hot rod surf, spaghetti western, sci fi, creep, and some re-visited favorites. 2012 found 9th Wave performing for the third consecutive year at the Instro Summit in Chapel Hill NC, as well as touring Las Vegas & southern California including a performance at the prestigious Surf Guitar 101 Convention.