40 years ago a stroppy young punk Nick Smash (the guy on the right), decided to switch his fanzine operation to cassette tapes . The guy on the left was in a band called Mark Malibu And The Wasagas and they are one of the bands on this tape. Luckily all three of us are still going strong...40 years later and doing pretty much the same thing!
Hellbent for Speed T-shirts now available.... design by the legendary Darren Merinuk are now up for sale on the Wasagas website. Mens and Ladies fit - High Quality Gildan cotton Ts .... Priced low - $20.00 to counter the shipping which is still cheaper than most bands. Get them before they sell out like our other designs. I never reprint.
Mark Malibu & The Wasagas - Hip... Shake... Go Go Baby 7" EP (Sharawaji) * * * * * Guitarist Mark Malibu and his band, the Wasagas, are back with this 2022 release - a 4-song EP containing all original compositions, and pressed on clear vinyl. Unfortunately, they only made 50 a re-press it'll likely be sold out by the time this goes to press. However, if ailable as a digital download or streaming. Like their other releases, legendary Darren Merinuk. Okay, let's get to the music! The title cut t, danceable beat while a twangy guitar plays the lead melody over the have set the teen dance halls on fire back in the 60's. 1 also love the so fun and original! Next they take a trip to France (or French Canada) s a great 60's vibe to it and some incredible organ work - you could also over the top. Flipping the platter over, you get two more songs - "Super Minx” and “Castaway Cove”. The former has organ and fuzz guitar leading the way, while the latter tropical vibe (www sharawaji.com)
Finally!!!! The long wait is over
No costume No Candy is here !
30 tracks of spooky Halloween songs on green or Orange vinyl!
With Cover art by Stephen Blickenstaff
Mastered By Dave Klein
Get it HERE:
Another FAB review from Ryan Hagerty and Jennifer Hagerty at Pi records. This time they check out Wasagas “Beach Party A Go Go” cd
The always impressive by Otitis Media Records brings you a DOUBLE vinyl LP Compilation with some of the craziest colors and combinations Ive ever seen... Featuring 33 Surf/Instro bands from ALL over the world! including Mark Malibu & The Wasagas. Get it HERE
Another FAB review from Ryan Hagerty and Jennifer Hagerty at Pi records. This time they check out "Return of the Wasagas" on AQUA translucent vinyl.
Jaimie Vernon’s Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia features updated biographies and discographies for 2,978 unique Canadian artist profiles from Bryan Adams to Celine Dion to the Wasagas
Our second Surf/Rockabilly/Punk collection on Sharawaji Records raising funds for Pintree Stables Cat Sanctuary is #1 in the charts. Thanks for all of you that buy, listen and/or request it.
Here's a nice review of Mark Malibu & the Wasagas CD "Crash Monster Beach" on Sharawaji Records ... it's a quick watch so check it out. Special mentions to Bob Shade and his Hallmark Guitars as well as super cool art by Darren Merinuk. Thanks Ryan Hagerty and Jennifer Hagerty at Pi records for each and every kind word.
A revealing chat with Ryan from Pi Records, Winner of Storm Surge of Reverb’s 2021 Gremmy for Best Surf Community Effort and Video Music Magazine specializing in independent Surf music, Rockabilly and Punk rock. WATCH HERE:
Video created using footage from the 1931 Toronto Santa Christmas Parade.
Surfing Kitty X-mas has raised $2500 for the Pinetree Stables Cat Sanctuary in Grand Bahamas. Special thanks to Everyone who supported the cause and the bands,
Mark Malibu & the Wasagas, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, The Young Barons, The Terrorsurfs, Urban Surf Kings, The Green Reflectors, The Surf Raiders, The Mitochondriacs, The Breakers, Hang Ten Gallon Hats, Night Chill, The Surf Hermits, The Shakedown Combo, Jim And The Sea Dragons, Magnatech, Underwater Bosses, Kobanes, Voodoo Surf Tribe, Danger Death Ray 3, Girl Over Planet, Frank Randazzo, Sharawaji Records, and Mojito Mastering.
Doors at 9pm, tickets online at or at the door ... Singles now available: https://www.showclix.com/event/MarkMalibuLP
This is another whopper - 52 pages of interviews, features and reviews, as well as a 25-song CD featuring "Mark Malibu & The Wasagas - Pointbreak 115" from the upcoming EP on Missing Fink Records.
The Wasagas have recorded a jingle for Harmon's Non-Alc Craft Beer. It's currently being used in their Sober October challenge campaign. #soberoctober
The evolution of Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer is worth paying attention to. Check out their Lunchbox Lagered Ale.
Finally an indoor show and its at Lee's Palace with Hot Apollo and George Westerholm and the Wildcats. Doors at 9 PM.... Bands at 9:30 PM
Capacity limited to 100 humans. Get your tickets at www.showclix.com
Hallmark Guitars releases a winner with the cream of the crop artists in surf and rockabilly!! All original songs written about the cars of the late legendary car Kustomizer George Barris, lends to this super unique release. It also comes with a rad color booklet with the cd!
Wasagas are honoured to be included on the compilation with Deke Dickerson, R.J. Ronquillo, Bob Spalding (of the Ventures) and many others.
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.
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!
Buy the magazine HERE
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 !
Check out the LP HERE
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.
READ THE REVIEW HERE
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"
READ THE REVIEW HERE