Revenge of the Surf Guitar – Martin Cilia

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1963 was a big year for instrumental guitar music, particularly surf music. “Pipeline” by The Chantays, “Wipeout” by The Surfaris, “Bombora ” by The Atlantics , “Dance On” and “Foot Tapper” by The Shadows all topped the charts.

Inspired by “that sound“, Martin Cilia, guitarist with legendary Australian surf band, The Atlantics, has taken a step into the solo spotlight with the release of “Revenge Of The Surf Guitar“. This 16 track CD is his tribute to early sixties surf guitar music.

A true labour of love, Martin wrote all tracks, played the majority of instruments and produced the project.

An avid collector of classic electric guitars and amps and always a perfectionist, Martin’s unique playing ability is complimented by the sounds of some exceptional instruments: a 1963 candy apple red Fender Stratocaster, a 63 black  Fender Jaguar, a 63 Fender Vibroverb, a 63 Fender Outboard Reverb Tank and a 63 Fender Jazz Bass.

All of these instruments just happen to be from 1963. This was not planned. It just worked out that way because they all had a unique sound that attracted me. I played the Jaguar on 95% of this CD. This is the first time I have used a Jaguar and discovered an amazing sound“.

Highly regarded surf music critic, Phil Dirt of ReverbCentral.com in Santa Cruz, California has rated it 5 stars. “This album is solid top to bottom…very fresh and powerful … Martin Cilia has produced a wonderful CD with 16 wonderful tracks … this album is very, VERY well done. Highly recommended“.

Track listing

1. 1963
2. Surf’s Up
3. Reverb Beach
4. Under the Hood
5. Return of the Surf Guitar
6. Surfabilly
7. Freakout
8. Point Danger
9. The Worm
10. Black Jaguar
11. Flight of the Surf Guitar
12. Queen Kahuna
13. Cronulla Point
14. Surfride
15. Riff A Go Go
16. Mermaid Beach