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Surf music is a lively and iconic genre that emerged in the early 1960s, primarily in Southern California, and is closely associated with the popularisation of surfing culture. It’s characterised by its distinctive blend of rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues, evoking the carefree and adventurous spirit of surfing and beach life.
At the heart of surf music is the twangy and reverb-soaked sound of electric guitars, often played with a distinctive picking style. This guitar-driven approach gives surf music its signature sound, creating a sense of urgency and excitement that mirrors the thrill of riding the waves.
The genre is instrumental in nature, with minimal lyrics and vocals, allowing the music itself to convey the excitement and energy of the surf culture. Iconic surf bands like The Beach Boys, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, and The Ventures popularised the genre and became synonymous with the surf music movement.
Surf music’s upbeat and infectious melodies, often featuring catchy riffs and rolling drum rhythms, have made it a timeless genre that continues to influence and inspire musicians to this day. It captured the imagination of a generation and left an indelible mark on popular culture, with surf culture and music continuing to be celebrated worldwide, from classic hits like “Surfin’ USA” to modern interpretations of the genre by bands like The Black Lips and Allah-Las.