Hey friends, I wanted to take a moment to inform everyone of some news.
GWC are unfortunately hanging up our instruments of surf destruction…
Now that you’ve had a moment to let that sink in, fear not because we would never leave you without an opportunity to come and party with us a time or two. We will be performing our live soundtrack to Point Break at the awesome Brooklyn Bowl on this coming Monday 1/20. We have poured our heart and soul into scoring this amazing “bromantic dramedy” and this will be its final performance. Maybe.
As well, we will be doing a huge blowout party at our home, The Funhouse in Bethlehem. That’s where it all began and it feels only right to wrap it up back at the beginning. I personally hope that we will play every song we have ever played which I am fairly sure is close to a staggering 75 tunes.
Now, there is no way I can feel comfortable saying that the four of us will never play another show again. But we really don’t know if or when that will be, so if you have the opportunity to come and party with us, please do!
We love you all and that is no joke!!
-Montag The Magnificent and GWC
In a few days we hit the road, in search of rust, heat, concrete and anything that doesn’t resemble sand and waves. Why? The midwest needs beach rock too! That’s why! Click the map below for the complete list of dates. See you soon!
It’s here… the first ever ROCKS OFF FILM FESTIVAL, and GWC are invading the Highline Ballroom this Saturday with the movie Point Break in favor of this awesome gift to us all!
“Point Break Comes Alive! It’s the classic film Point Break but with a live band onstage who created an all original surf rock soundtrack. Cuz lets face it – the original soundtrack has not aged well and how could the quintessential surf / action movie not have a surf soundtrack?!” - Jake (ROCKS OFF #1 SECRET AGENT)
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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