Urban Surf Kings

Urban Surf Kings

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Canada's East Coast instro-nuts, URBAN SURF KINGS, play surf music, 1960’s style. Think the beach blasts of Dick Dale, the leather jacket rumble of Link Wray, and the biker fuzz of B-movie heroes Davie Allan & the Arrows. "One of the best Surf Instrumental bands on the planet" Raucous Records UK

Biography

Canada's East Coast instro-nuts, URBAN SURF KINGS, play surf music, 1960’s style. Think the beach blasts of Dick Dale, the leather jacket rumble of Link Wray, and the biker fuzz of B-movie heroes Davie Allan & the Arrows.

The 13 year old trio features Rev Hank on surf guitar, Crash Flagg on surf bass, and Inky on traps. That’s right, no singer, but not to worry…there’s always plenty of dancing on and off the stage: the swim, the frug, the watusi, the twist…

URBAN SURF KINGS have 9 releases to date, including their latest spaghetti western themed CD, “Bang Howdy Partner”. They even released a 45rpm titled “el Toro!” a while back to capture their surf sound on vinyl (the way it should be!)

Fall 2008 will see the release of the new USK 7 inch ep, “Learn to Ski”. We decided that being from the Great White North, we should be releasing an "authentic" snow recording?! Not to mentioned CDs are so 1990's.

With a fan base that extends around the world (including North & South America, Europe, Asia & Australia), Urban Surf Kings may be the busiest surf band in Canada.

Awards & Nominations:

Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2008)- nomination for Best Instrumental CD (Bang Howdy Partner)
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (2008) - nomination for Best Group or Duo, and Best Instrumental CD (Bang Howdy Partner)
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (2007) – nomination for best instrumental recording (Live in Hell)
Music Nova Scotia Awards (2006) – Award for best Aboriginal Group
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (2006) – nomination for best instrumental recording (Live in Hell)
Indian Summer Music Awards (2006) – nomination for best instrumental recording (Live in Hell)
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2004) - nomination for best instrumental recording (Surf vs. the Flying Saucers)
Genie Awards (1999) – nomination for best original score (Beefcake)
Atlantic Film Festival (1999) – award for best music composition (Beefcake)

2007-2008 Highlights

Aug: Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2008)- nomination for Best Instrumental CD (Bang Howdy Partner)

July: Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (2008) - nomination for Best Group or Duo, and Best Instrumental CD (Bang Howdy Partner)

July: USK invited to showcase at the Aboriginal People's Choice Awards & Manito Ahbee Music Fest, Winnipeg, MB

May/June: Bang Howdy Partner charts across Canada on Campus & Community Radio Charts

May: USK put on annual Guitar-Fest (IV) at the Seahorse Tavern

May: This week's Chart Sizzler Award goes to a bit of an underdog, as Urban Surf Kings' Bang Howdy Partner beats out perennial Canadian campus radio favourite Young And Sexy for the top debut. Bang Howdy Partner hits the chart at #17, while Young And Sexy's Arc arrives at #20.

Apr: USK record several tracks for upcoming Earth Surfing compilation for California's Rickshaw Records

April: Bang Howdy Partner receives 5 star review from renowned surf media Reverb Central

April: Bang Howdy Partner CD released, fastest selling USK release to date, distributed world-wide.

Feb/March: USK work with legendary California surf guru Phil Dirt to master new CD.

Dec: USK record 4 song ep (unreleased) with Hayward Parrot (Rush, BTO) at St Cecilia Studios

Nov: Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (2007) – nomination for best instrumental recording (Live in Hell)

Discography

USK Releases:

Bang Howdy Partner (April 2008, full length CD)
Live in Hell (Nov 2005, OmOm, Italy, full length CD)
Snowman Rumble (2004, CDep)
Surf vs the Flying Saucers (2004, full length CD)
Get Instro-Mental! with the Urban Surf Kings (2000, full length CD)
Urban Surf Kings Play el Toro! & Other Favourites (1999, 4 song 7 inch, out of print)
The Man From S.U.R.F. (1997, CDep, out of print)
Surfin' Santa (1996, cassette ep, out of print)
Looking Sharp (1996, cassette ep, out of print)

Compilations:

Seasonal Favorites vol. 2 (2007, Double Crown Records, USA, compilation CD)
Seasonal Favorites vol. 1 (2006, Double Crown Records, USA, compilation CD)
Wild Sazanami Beat vol 3 (2006, Sazanami, Japan, comp CD)
Beyond the Sea (2005, Cordelia Records, UK, comp CD)
NESMA Live (2005, USA)
Evil Fuzz: Davie Allan Tribute (2005, OmOm, Italy, tribute CD)
Hair (2004, OmOm, Italy, comp CD)
Charlie Does Surf: tribute to the Clash (2004, Rickshaw Records, USA, comp CD)
Lemme Take You to the Beach: Frank Zappa tribute (2004, Cordelia Records, UK, tribute CD)
Solid Gold Hits (2004, Double Crown Records, USA, comp CD)
The Continental Magazine #10 (2004, USA)
Locos Instrumentals! (2003, Isotonic Records, Mexico, compilation CD)
Jesus Christ Surferstar (2003, OmOm, Italy, compilation CD)
American Graffiti Revisited (2002, OmOm, Italy)
The Continental Magazine #9 (2001, USA)
Better Than an Average Weekend (2001, Deep Eddy Records, USA)
The Continental Magazine #8 (2000, USA)
Swivlin' Wahine (2000, Scully Records, USA)
Up Periscope (1998, Stardust Music, Canada)
Loud Noise from the Valley (1997, Canada)

Upcoming Releases (subject to change):

Learn to Ski! (Fall 2008, 7 inch ep)
Earth Surfing (Fall 2008, Rickshaw Records, USA, compilation CD)

Film & TV:

Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story (2006, documentary, dir: Brian L Gillogly)
The Teeth Beneath (2005, skateboard/horror flick)
Weird Sex and Snowshoes (2004)
The Young Astronomer (2004, dir: Thom Fitzgerald)
15/Love (2004/05/06, YTV tv series)
Making of the Snow Walker (2004, City TV documentary)
The Event (2003, dir: Thom Fitzgerald)
This Boy (2002, dir: Amy Burke)
Powerski International Promo videos (2002)
Sickness and Health (2001, dir: Ben Wannamaker)
Board Stories (2001, Hawaii, tv series)
Beefcake (1999, dir: Thom Fitzgerald): won Atlantic Film Festival Award for best score, and nominated for 2000 Genie award for best Canadian score

Set List

Music to do the twist, frug and watusi to!
Original and instro-faves.
Fun for all ages.