Surf rock and their derivatives
Surf music is a subgenre of rock music associated with surf culture, particularly as found in Orange County and other areas of Southern California. It was especially popular from 1962 to 1964 in two major forms. The first is instrumental surf, distinguished by reverb-drenched electric guitars played to evoke the sound of crashing waves, largely pioneered by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones. The second is vocal surf, which took the original surf sound and added vocal harmonies backed by basic Chuck Berry rhythms, a movement led by the Beach Boys. The surf rock sound was dominated by electric guitars played through spring reverb and using the vibrato arm on their guitar to bend the pitch of notes downward. Surf music was one of the early adopters of the electric bass, and often used an electric organ or an electric piano featured as backing harmony. At the height of its popularity, surf music rivaled girl groups and Motown for top American popular music trends. Surf music is sometimes referred to interchangeably with the California Sound. Many notable surf bands have been equally noted for both instrumental and vocal surf music, so surf music is generally considered as a single genre despite the variety of these styles. During the later stages of the surf music craze, many groups started to leave surfing behind and write songs about cars and girls; this was later known as hot rod rock.
So if this music is so relevant to that so called California sound, why doesn’t exist anymore? In this modern age of new fusion music, where musicians always recall some retro music for combination of some modern stuff, you have to ask a question why this California sound is always forgot. But with new directions, everything could change. For instance, a band called 26 Red Tred is a good example for reviving this sound. They don’t look like The Beach Boys, but the soul of the band can be heard in their songs. That’s because music became so evolved that derivatives od California sound can be heard in other genres. Like in the early ’90s there was a southern California punk rising that focused on the original sound developed by the likes of The Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Misfits. Some of the bands that started this change back to a more streetpunk 1977 style were Cell Block 5, The Exploding Fuck Dolls, The Stitches, U.S. Bombs, Schleprock, Agent 51, FISHHEAD, and John Cougar Concentration Camp. This new style would later influence bands like The Generators, The Briggs, Time Again, Die Hunns, and also re-fueled reunions of old school bands like Youth Brigade, The Descendents, Screaming Bloody Marys (Dr Dream) and even some Black Flag performances.