Wow! If one could sum up this disc in one word that’d be it. While their previous releases were all excellent, this takes things up a whole new level. The songs, the guitars, the twang, the production, the songwriting, the cover art (by the legendary Merinuk), and heck, they even throw in a tasteful cover of a lesser-known Ramones tune. Honestly, there is really not much more to look for in a modern surf/instro release - this has got it all! Heck, one of the tracks gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do the Wasaga Twist - the record is not just fun, but it teaches you something! The CD version includes 4 additional bonus tracks (which aren’t throwaways - they are just as solid as the regular LP tracks). Definitely one of the top releases of 2020!
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This MAY, Missing Fink records will release the ultimate Spooky soundtrack, "An Evening with Vincent Price" for his 110th birthday .... and the Wasagas are on it with so my other super cool bands! 3D cover art with 3D glasses and so much more.
On Dance Party the Wasagas pull off that difficult combination of great songs without sounding like they thought too hard about them. This album is full of bright tones, cartoonishly upbeat attitude, and whole-hearted rock & roll energy, but also fantastic ear-grabbing, memorable riffs in just about every song. While their sound doesn't scream 60's SoCal, the songwriting spirit feels comfortably contained in that era, and I think they're comfortable enough with themselves as a band that authenticity wasn't a priority as much as the energy they impart. This has been a big year for Mark Malibu, putting together a christmas benefit compilation, a great radio show, a fun pro-mask music video, and the Wasagas best album yet.
Storm Surge of Reverb has ranked "Crash Monster Beach" as #36 in best surf LPs in the last decade. What an honor.
We're so very pleased to annouce that our song "Wasaga Showdown" has been licensed for the Season 6 finally of the Good Witch TV series. "The Good Witch" is the most successful franchise in the Hallmark network's history with well over 2 million viewers each week.
Slam Reviews says "Dance Party a Go Go" is a winner. Top-shelf baby and one that will have you hitting the repeat. Highly recommended!!!
I'm happy to announce that Mark Malibu & the Wasagas - Dance Party a Go-Go is available DIGITAL ONLY on bandcamp.... Neon Yellow vinyl and CD, Fall 2020.... thanks to the fine people at Sharawaji Records.
Using the song "Monster on the Loose" we created a short PSA on the importance of social distancing during this pandemic. The video was watched thousands of times and shares hundreds of places.
Watch the video HERE
A 6 color print in Mens and Ladies styles on 100% ultra cotton high quality Gildan t-shirts. Also available in red 3/4 sleeve shirts for Men only. Stunning artwork by comic art legend, Darren Merinuk.
Official launch date: SUNDAY March 1st ..... 1 pm EST (eastern standard time) on Surf Rock Radio.
The show will air each SUNDAY: 1 pm EST..... That's 6 pm in the UK,... 7pm for all the folks in Germany who buy my LPs and... 10 am California Surf time.
Find it HERE
A cool new Mark Malibu & the Wasagas item is the Limited Edition "Macumba Surf" fanzine/CD from Palmeras & Puros in Spain. Super cool surf music from around the world. Super cool artwork from greats like Wasagas graphic artist, Darren Merinuk.
Test pressings are approved, the vinyl is delivered... and I'm happy to annouce that Mark Malibu & the Wasagas - Return of the Wasagas will be available on AQUA vinyl, thanks to the fine people at Sharawaji Records.
Mark Malibu & the Wasagas first full length video is now LIVE! Enjoy these never seen before photos from 1981 taken by my friend and neighbour Mike Rogge.
Watch it HERE
We are now on Spotify, Apple Music and about 120 other streaming services. Don't ask me which ones because I don't know. If we are NOT on the streaming service you use, wait a bit as some of them are still processing what ever it is they process. Thanks Sharawaji Records and SURF UP !
The Wasagas SUPER TALENTED bass player Sharny Nicoloff gets some recognition... being one of the great ladies of SURF on the "Where's the Singer - The “Women of Surf Show" on North Sea Surf Radio ... We know how AWESOME she is !!!!
Thanks Clint Beachwood !!!
Excellent news, the new LP - "Wasagas Crash Monster Beach" enters the Surf Rock Radio charts at #1 .... and the lead off single "Offshore" is #1 on the singles charts.
The Wasagas feature prominently in the beginning ..... Documenting the multi-faceted hardcore punk scene of Canada's largest city. The book is packed with unseen photographs, original flyers, detailed information and raw memories from those who were there.
Bandmates Sharny and Wavy Davy "tied the knot" at the last Surf Cruise in Brockville Ontario. Performing the honors was none other than Mark Malibu. Maid of honor, Blue Suede Sue and the Best Monkey was Bongo 'a Go-Go !
I was very honored to be asked to contribute to a song on the Hang-Ten Hangmen's new LP. I play a tasty guitar solo on a cool number called "BEER CAN".
BUY this album now. You will thank me later. It is excellent.
The band rolled in to Imprint Music studios this summer to lay down another selection of original songs. Full lenth LP out this fall.
Wasaga Run / Dawn Patrol
We pressed an extremely limited number of discs so hurry before they are gone!
7", 45 RPM, Picture Disc, Mono
I was a teenage doorman at Toronto's first all ages Punk Club. It was also the place the Wasagas played so many of their shows during the early 80s. Nothing but trouble. Buy the book...
Wishing all our friends an excellent Holiday Season and looking forward to a productive New Year.
‘Alone And Gone’ is a book based around the photographs of Simon and Nick White. This period (1978 – 1983) is widely credited as being the ‘Post Punk’ years. Bands such as The Rheostatics, The Vital Sines, Breeding Ground, Kinetic Ideals, The Sturm Group, The Dave Howard Singers, Youth Youth Youth, Rent Boys and your lovable WASAGAS all released their home produced basement recordings on cassette tape, which was the cheaper alternative to vinyl.
It seems that Nick Smash's book about Toronto's Post Punk days is now SOLD OUT.
After entering the charts at #2, the LP Return of the Wasagas has reached #1 in its second week in rotation. As well the single Surfin a Go Go hit #2 in the singles chart and the band hit #2 band popularity chart. Crazy man, Crazy !
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WOW Episode 60 of the SURFPHONY OF DERSTRUCTION 2000 is a full 2 hour interview about the Wasagas wild past and present. Have a listen to the strangest band history in Surf Music ever !!!
Another positive review from this respected Surf Music Blog...
...this is a damn fine instro record. Their sound is modern trad -- not sounding terribly close to a 60's California record but with a melodic focus and not too many gimmicks.
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Our first review from Shakin' Katz - Slam reviews
From the opening intro to the final track this is one refreshing and fun ride that maintains a stout groove.Highlights include: "Surfin' A Go-Go" , " Boogie Board ", " Spaghetti Summer" and "Ain't Gunna Crash"
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