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Experience the ‘classic’ 1991 film ‘Point Break’ in all it’s ultimate glory with a live soundtrack!
from Rocks Off…
The film, which many consider to be the greatest surf/spy/extreme sports/cop drama of all time will be screened in its entirety with an ongoing interplay between the audio from the film and the band’s live performance. Great White Caps, armed with scripts and an assortment of cues, will be bringing the audio and dialogue of the film out to the forefront to preserve the storyline, before jamming alongside its memorable sequences. It is a well rehearsed production that has yielded not only a new and unique way to experience a movie you love, but a band as well.
At these special screenings which have been performed all over the East Coast, the key is just simply having fun. They strongly encourage audience participation and the crowd are asked to yell at the screen and recite their favorite dialogue. At the end of the day these performances are happening because they love the movie so much, as band member Montag the Magnificent said, “This was a labor of love, because since my first VHS copy of this movie, to the many hung over Saturdays catching it on TV,to now having rehearsed and performed in front of this movie well over a hundred times, it never stops being fun. It’s as simple as that.”
We are totally stoked to be hitting the road next week for a lead up to the amazing Instro Summit in Durham, NC! Along the way we are going to be hitting up some sweet spots such as Richmond, VA with some amazing friends The Trillions. A few more along the way including a hit on the coast in Wilmington, NC where we can hopefully jump in the ocean for a few, and Asheville, NC where maybe we can finally find Johnny Utah’s long lost cousin. We’ll close out the week with a night at the fabulous Instro Summit to enjoy some much needed camaraderie with our fellow surf musicians and music lovers.
Before that happens though, we are going into the studio to re-record our love song to Point Break, “The 50 Year Storm” plus a new tune and maybe some other stuff just for fun. The new recording will be rendered into an excitingly packaged 7″ record and should be available over the summer some time. We will be sure to keep everyone posted about the progress.
As always, thanks for the continued support and we’ll see you on the road somewhere- Montag the Magnificent
A few little birdies are buzzing about the branches of Philly’s “Cinedelphia” film fest and our recent performance of “Point Break Comes Alive” that took place at the way-awesome PhilaMOCA last week. Check out some words and video at Philebrity dot com and be sure to leave a comment if you feel like chirpin’!
The same great album, now available on the thing that fits in your car stereo! Thanks to some very valuable feedback from our fans, we have decided to print a VERY limited run of 300 “Screech Beach!” CDs just for you! (Plenty of LPs are still available as well as many other streaming and download options too!) Next time you’re at a Great White Caps show, swing by the merch table, say hi to one of us, and grab a copy for only $10! However, if you desire instant gratification like Warchild does… you can swing over to OUR BANDCAMP PAGE and download it for whatever price you’d like, or order a CD or LP by mail!
“Screech Beach!” available on CD, VINYL, MP3, WAV, FLAC, WHACK, SAUCE, and SALT. That’s right, we pressed a copy on a grain of salt too!
It’s 8:30 am, Friday. Any normal person should be either at work or on their way there. This is true for a lot of people in the U.S. It’s also true for us, because in just a couple hours, we along with Start Making Sense will be packed in a van, driving for 8+ hours on our way to Burlington VT. Eight hours of driving is a job all in itself, but there is no amount of driving that can take away from how GREAT it feels to be going back to Burlington! Tonight we will be in the showcase lounge at Higher Ground. A slight detour from our normal appearance on the stage at Nectar’s, but definitely something to be excited about. Also, we will be making our debut at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs NY Saturday night before we wrap up the weekend with a very late brunch at either the Country Inn in Accord NY or Keegan Ales in Kingston NY.
(Disclaimer: No trip on the road is complete without great breakfast, better brunch, and even better beer.)
Also! We just confirmed that on April 10th, we will be opening up for The Reverend Horton Heat in our very own backyard at the Musikfest Cafe
at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA!
Let’s start by saying I’m excited. Why am I excited? Well, that’s what I sat down at my computer to talk about. There are so many things happening in my world right now that it seems like the inspiration won’t stop coming. I am sifting through tons of footage from tour and composing interviews with key players from the GWC camp, and it’s starting to shape up into a watchable collection of images and sounds. We just had the incredible honor of making dinner for Big Shrimp and Lady Lamprey, aka Warchild and Utah’s parents, and from that dinner I suspect another batch of great footage for the documentary. I am writing a bunch of new songs and have started singing a lot in my car so get ready to hear some fresh beach rock in the next few months. I made the first episode of my podcast “The Magnificent Record Shelf” and am working on #2, so check that out. I am super super super excited to be doing our Point Break show in Brooklyn, if you haven’t had an opportunity to see us do this yet please do, we absolutely love this show and want to share that joy with everyone! It never seems like the excitement of playing this music ever fades and that is truly an amazing feeling. When I started playing surf songs many years ago by myself, I never thought that I would end up being able to share that love with so many people, but I have and for that I am grateful. Now I have to get back to work!
Hey! I know you, you’re a fan of surf rock and Keanu Reeves. You’re a fan of bank robbery and reverb. You might even enjoy a healthy dose of live music along with your Patrick Swayze. If all of that is true AND you wish that the classic 1991 beach-bromance “Point Break” had something other than RATT as the soundtrack, well then you’re in luck!
In 2011, Great White Caps set to work on reimagining the score to the greatest surf/spy/extreme sports/cop drama of all time; Point Break. Approaching this longtime dream project as if scoring the movie from scratch, led to a series of scripts with light and audio cues in an attempt to try and best capture the story on the screen and its relationship with the band on the stage. They landed on an extremely unique and new way to experience, not only a movie you love, but a band as well. The interplay between audio from the film, and live performance is a carefully choreographed dance.
The passion these four musicians feel for the film they dedicated so much time to, is easily seen, when you join the audience at one of these performances. Montag the Magnificent has these words, “This was a labor of love, because since my first VHS copy of this movie, to the many hung over Saturdays catching it on TV, to now having rehearsed and performed in front of this movie well over a hundred times, it never stops being fun. It’s as simple as that.”
** Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection
Howdy! Some updates have been made to our BAND CAMP page. The most important one being the option to name your price for downloading our album Screech Beach! right to your computer. That’s right, you can literally download our entire new album, in all of its sonic glory, for FREE. Now, for those of you who wanna give back, the option is there to type in a price other than $0. I must warn you though, if you pay more than $5,000 for our new album, we WILL have to come play a private party for you, whether you like it or not!
By the time February rolls around, you may find yourself begging for summer, seeking the salty air but getting snow and rock salt instead. Well, on February 2nd, join us indoors, under the warm stage lights where we will perform our music live, in front of the classic, quintessential surf movie from the 60′s, “Endless Summer!” Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil decides that morning, you can be on the beach with us at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.
Hey folks, if you’re a fan of buying records the old fashioned, brick and mortar, steak and potatoes way, than may we direct you to our friends over at Double Decker Records. Double Decker is currently the only store front carrying our new album “Screech Beach!” so go check ‘em out!
CURRENTLY IN STOCK AT:
DOUBLE DECKER RECORDS
808 Saint John Street
Allentown, PA 18103
Our long awaited sophomore release is here, and you guessed it, it’s available on vinyl! This album is very special to us for a lot of reasons, one of them being how perfectly it captures our growth as a band. We recorded “Screech Beach” live, all in one day, the way bands used to do it. Some albums take month after month of tracking and re-recording parts to get “the perfect sound,” but with all the shows we’ve been playing, we got it done in eight hours! So, with that said, we’re very excited for everyone to hear the new album, so we’ve made it available a dozen different ways. Currently it can be bought on vinyl, with a digital download card included, or you can download the album as MP3s online. A series of links are posted below the album cover so you can find “Screech Beach” online, at any time! In addition, you can stream the entire album for free on Spotify.
Call us crazy, but we’re about to release a brand new album (on vinyl!), tour the entire country AND make a documentary about all of it!!
In order to make this happen, we started a KICKSTARTER campaign. Its live right now and we’ve got less than a month to make it happen. Help us out and in return we’ve got some cool 1-of-a-kind gifts for ya!
In celebration of our forthcoming album “Screech Beach” we will be climbing in the van and driving as fast as we can to California!
Along the way, we will have to play a few shows and maybe shower once in order to make it all the way to the Great West! Be sure to tell your friends and anyone you may know who live ANYWHERE near any of these cities, so we can properly introduce ourselves of course!
That’s right, you heard me! As I’m writing this, Montag is starting to track vocals for the few songs that need ‘em while Utah and Warchild grab some beers and food. Everyone has been telling us that our next record should capture the raw energy and volume of our live shows. We agreed!
Right now we are set up on a stage in a barn in Kempton, PA no different than we set up on a stage in front of you! We started tracking the instruments 100% live today around 12:00pm and we will be done tracking EVERYTHING by sunset. The only overdubs will be vocals and maybe some sneaky bits for fun, but what you’re gonna get is 100% real. Real volume, real people, no cut and paste. The way music used to be made!
Stay tuned, your ticket to “Screech Beach” is right around the corner!
Hey y’all, we are here in North Carolina this week. Last night at the Cave in Chapel Hill was a total blast as always, and tonight we head to Boone and the Boone Saloon. So tell all your friends to check us out! Thanks for supporting!
We are all gearing up for a great trip to the North this weekend to play some super great towns, and we hope to see some of your smiling faces there! As always please check the tour page for updates on when we will be in your town, and to all you West coasters out there, get ready because it looks like the fall will bring a storm of Great White Caps your way, details soon…
Lots of twangin was goin on this past weekend in New Jersey AND North Carolina. First, we returned to our favorite Jersey saloon, Roxy n Dukes Roadhouse. We shared the evening with some very swell dudes, The Brigantines. You should take a second to check them out. It was Cinco de Mayo and the beers were goin round n round til we hit the stage. We blazed through some of our most high energy tunes and met lots of really nice people!
Following those good vibes was a nice long car ride to Chapel Hill, NC. We rolled up with plenty of time to feast and yeast at Carolina Brewery before heading to The Cave for the 2012 INSTRO SUMMIT! The guys and gals who attend the summit LOVE instrumental surf music so much that they nearly cleared out our CDs at the merch table! While there we were fortunate enough to catch some great bands like The Monterreys, Thee Icepicks, and The Concrete Rivals!
In the next couple months we’ve got a LOT going on. This weekend we will be making our first appearance at the greatest instrumental music gathering in the country – The Instro Summit! Later in the month we will be playing an after-party at Nectar’s in VT for the Magic Hat Heavyfest. While we’re at it, we’re throwing in a Hawaiian styled Luau in our hometown of Bethlehem, PA with Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica.
Next month, we continue to entertain beer lovers at the Harrisburg Brewers Fest! That will follow, of course, our first ever UnSteAdy FrEdDiE Surfin’ Safari at the Saint in Asbury Park. Now, all the while we are playing these great shows, we will be locked up in the basement preparing ourselves for our fourth ever performance of our live soundtrack to the movie POINT BREAK.
Make sure to keep up to speed with our tour dates page. That thing is always updating!!
What could I possibly mean by that, you say? Well, if you were at Some Kind of Jam 7 last night, you would know! Aside from sharing the stage with Muppet’s Titanium Stardust Machine, we were lucky enough to co-headline with rain and wind! That however, didn’t stop the kids from dancin and having a good time.
Big thanks to Jibberjazz productions for having us at another one of their festivals. Also, make sure to check out UNregular Radio from Boston. They were streaming our entire set live last night on the internet, and they plan on re-airing it in the near future!
Wanna see some BEE YOU TI FULL pictures from our night at Steel Stacks with The Ventures? Well, our good buddy Steven Seagull has some he would like to share on our Facebook page. Click the picture below to see more!!
Needless to say, as a surf guitar player, The Ventures have had an amazing influence on what I do. Well last night I was able to open for them with my fellow White Caps, and we get to do it again on friday. What is happening! I am so stoked!
Nowadays Fest… it came, it went, and it was a blast! It was really a treat to have bands like Maps and Atlases and Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr play in our neighborhood and for us to share the weekend with the great crowd that made it happen. Click below for the rest of the photos from that show!
Next week we have the great honor of opening for The Ventures, not once but twice! It truly is a dream come true. Also, this weekend we will be in our very own home town playing a great festival, featuring RJD2, Maps and Atlases and many more. We hope to see some of you there!
Looking forward to the next four days bringing lots of adventures in the north. We will be blowing through a few towns including Boston and Providence for the first time. I hope to see lots of you out there, smiling and dancing as always. Check back after the weekend for some musings from the road, and if you can’t wait until then just get on twitter and check out all the stupidness as it happens. Thanks folks, and remember if you see us don’t be a stranger and lets share a drink and a laugh!
Thanks go out to everyone at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA for a welcoming and really fun month-long residency. Next time you’re there, make sure to leave fat tips at the bar or with your waiter/waitress. Shoot some pool too, you’re gonna need practice for when Montag and I come back on 4/20 to wipe the tables with ya! Cheers, beers, and weirds!
Here are a bunch of new videos for your viewing enjoyment from our amazing show on New Years Eve. Thanks to everyone involved and in attendance, you all made it a wonderfully memorable evening. Check em out…
Some pretty exciting things are going on around the GWC camp as we prepare for whats to come in 2012. Later this month we make our first national TV appearance on Late Night with Johnny P Show which airs on both the east and west coasts! We will announce the air time and show info as soon as that becomes available.
Also, we are extremely excited to share the stage with surf guitar legends and rock-n-roll hall-of-famers THE VENTURES in February! Truly an honor! Also in February we will make 4 appearances at our favorite PA brewpub for a Wednesday night “Beach Party in The Winter” residency at Appalachian Brewing Company! Aside from all that we have plenty of shows coming up with our friends Start Making Sense as always.
…and of course, there’s always something new for us right around the corner, so stay tubed!
Happy Holidays everyone! As the Holidays and the end of the year approach, I find myself once again feeling reminiscent as I think back to all the adventures we had this year. And of course, mighty psyched for all the adventures on the horizon! Having the opportunity to travel around with our great friends Start Making Sense has been a great joy, I mean really, what could be better than two bands of friends rolling around and playing upbeat party music?! What better way to wrap it all up than an epic double header in our very own home town of Bethlehem, PA? I am pretty sure the Steel Stacks might literally lift off the ground on NYE as we turn the Musikfest Cafe into a virtual roiling and toiling sea of bodies and booze! If you are there be sure to shout extra loud because there will be filming throughout the night and if you want your own 15 seconds of fame you’re going to have to make an ass of yourself. Well, if you are reading this I am pretty sure making an ass of your self is part of your M.O. but just a reminder to be yourself.
As I look towards the new year I am excited to continue hitting the road and making more of you “tourists” along our endless summer beach jamz! A true highlight will be opening for The Ventures! I can’t believe I will be able to warm up the stage for a group which literally created the style of music I have devoted my life to. A true honor. We will also be doing a residency in Harrisburg at the Appalachian Brewing Company in February. What does this mean for you? You will be able to catch us the first four Wednesdays in February for a midwinter’s beach jam!
Thanks again to all the people who have been supporting us throughout 2011 and lets make 2012 even better!
Hey everyone! As we enter the Holiday season, us Great White Caps start to get all festive and crazy so we got together and set up our own little Santa’s workshop and pumped out some super cool treats for our December gigs! I don’t want to give away all the secrets so come on down and find out what we’ve got hiding in our sack! You can find us in Massachusetts this coming Friday and next week we have our hometown Christmas party set up with our great friends Rumplestiltskinz and His Dumpster Full of Sound, at the Funhouse! We will both be playing Holiday specific tunes as well as our normal sets full of mayhem and cheer. In other Festivus related news our Christmas EP, featuring our soon to be smashed hit “I’m Gonna Get Drunk For Christmas!”, will be available for download very shortly and we will also be selling a “Gift Card” of the album at upcoming shows as well. O Holy freaking Night, this Feliz Navidad business is off the stocking hook!!!! Hope to see you all soon, check out our video and get some cheer!
Something extra special and festive for you all. Here is a video we just made featuring us and a bunch of our friends having a super fun party. This tune is sure to become a Holiday classic the likes haven’t been known since Nat King Cole’s heyday! Check it out here.
This weekend will commence yet another year of fantastical Halloween adventures! Saturday night we return to our favorite hometown spot The Funhouse for our annual Halloween party. This year we plan on bringing a special funky treat to all in attendance. Slap on your best costume… or bikini, and get your ass down there! We also have brand new t shirts for sale and this will be the first place they are available. Sunday we head down to our nation’s capitol where we will rub elbows with President Obama! Alright, maybe not, but we will be playing a show with our friends Start Making Sense at Sutra Lounge. Then it’s Halloween, and where will we be? Chapel Hill, NC at a frat house with Start Making Sense once again. Halloween? Frat House? Talking Heads “Burning Down the House”? Anyone else’s mind go straight to “Revenge of the Nerds”. I just hope there isn’t anyone there trying to spit fire, or else we are in trouble. We hope to see you along our trip and be sure to have a…
Greetings Tourists! Here is what is happening… Firstly, over the weekend Seaweed and I got to spend a few hours in the studio with DJ 3D aka Icebox International as he laid down some mind expansion on our “In the Soup” remix, look for it soon under the title “In the Soup (Surfin Gojira Dub) GWC vs Sonic Maximizer vs Icebox International”. It is sure to set you amidst a cloud of smoke and water! A huge thanks again to 3D for lending himself to our track, here is a pic of the man at work…
Coming up you can see us at our favorite hometown spot, The Funhouse on October 29, where we are planning a few Halloween surprises. On the 30th we head to Washington DC and on the 31st we will be in Chapel Hill, NC. Sure to be a great Halloween weekend and we hope to see many of you along the way. Full show info is available on the “Tour” page. Stay Tubed!
We were just featured on a great radio show check out the podcast here. Please check it out, it’s chock full of great garage rock and all wrapped up with the title track off of Sting of Death! Thanks Tom!
This weekend we hit the road once again for a variety of killer shows. All in PA and all quite different, here’s the rundown… Friday night we get on down at John and Peter’s in New Hope, PA with our friends The Almighty Terribles. I have early memories of this place, walking by with my parents as a child and staring at all the motorcycles lined up for a block in each way. Saturday you can find us playing to a bunch of beer swilling hop enthusiasts at the Appalachian Brewing Company’s Beer Fest in Harrisburg, PA featuring a whole slew of regional brews and live surf rock by yours truly! Finally, Sunday we perform our live score to Point Break at the School of Rock in Downingtown, PA. Our previous attempt was taken down by the fifty year storm but this time nothing will stop us from bringing this event to the eager folks down there. Check out a fan video from a previous performance here. Full info for all of our events on the Tour page, stay tubed for more good times.
This week in the world of Great White Caps we have some exciting things going on. First up on Friday night we will be in NYC at Sullivan Hall with our good friends Start Making Sense! Sure to be a great time had by all. Then on Saturday we will be making a very special performance at the first day of The Quicksilver Pro Surf Competition in Long Beach, NY guerilla style. We will be set up on a friends deck which overlooks the competition. With the amount of destruction caused by Hurricane Irene, including my freshly broken surfboard BOOOOO, we will bring some serious fun with us to lift spirits and help dry some flooded carpets as well. Tonight, Tom Morey, the creator of The Morey Boogie left me a comment on our youtube video for The Morey Boogie, wow what a great honor. Thanks for all the support everyone. Full show details are found on the “tour” page. Stay tubed!!!
Well folks, the 50 year storm is approaching, so we are putting off our performance of Point Break at Downingtown School of Rock, for a few weeks. The new date will be Sunday September 18. Details are the same, just check the tour dates page! As everyone flees the coast, Montag and Manatee Mark head straight for it! If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price.
Hey all, it’s time for a brief update from the depths. Next weekend, we will be making our third attempt at a live soundtrack to our favorite film of all time, Point Break. This time at the Paul Green School of Rock in Downingtown, PA. we have had great success so far and can’t wait to bring this event to more and more people. Full details on the tour page. But first, we will be in the studio on Tuesday working on two things. Keep tubed in for a super dubbed out remix of our reggae/surf smash “In the Soup”. Montag and Utah will be spending the earlier part of the day exploring the far reaches of our minds with The Sonic Maximizer, our producer extraordinaire! Then we will be joined by the rest of the gang for the recording of our very first original Winter Holiday smash hit, “I’m Gonna Get Drunk For Christmas”. Sure to get Grandma shaking around the punch bowl of eggnog this Holiday season! I think we may sell this one tucked into a 12 month calendar of Great White Caps ridiculousness, what do you think? Would you buy one? Steven Seagull, we may have a new job for you! Thanks for all the support everyone, as Summer winds down we are getting geared up for a Fall full of fun and adventure. Stay tubed!
Activities abound! Coming up this week we play a blazing set at Musikfest Plaza Tropical in Bethlehem, PA. from 6-7pm. Check the tour page for other upcoming events. We just spent a few days in the studio recording some “special occasion” tunes and will soon return to work on our next lp, which I am tentatively calling “Shred the Gnar!!” Pick up your copy of our debut now! Links on the music page.
On the night of June 3, 2011 Great White Caps will unveil their soundtrack to the epic bank robbery/surf/sky-diving/crime drama Point Break. A labor of love indeed. Performed live in front of the movie at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. Alehouse, yes that means you can drink a beer or 5 while you enjoy your favorite surf rock band and watch your favorite actors wax poetic on the trials and tribulations of being a surfing FBI agent. Purchase tickets soon, they are going quickly!
Time: 7:00pm.Age restrictions: All Ages.Address:2628 Gerritsen Ave.Excited to be hanging with Jesse Mosher and his new Brooklyn pad and sharing the night with our good friends Matte Black AND The Coffin Daggers. Last time we saw Jesse, we played his Rock Loft in San Fran… now relocated to BKN, we must help break the place in!