Wave Invasion brought some heat to a chilly day for visitors to the Fontana Festival of Winter in Fontana, CA, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007. In a three-hour set, the boys ripped through a wide-ranging repertoire of surf instrumentals, movie and television themes, and classic instrumental rock and roll. In performance, from left, were Vince Motel, lead / rhythm guitar; Richard Fisher, bass / keyboard; Jeff Dover, drums; and Gary Sanderson, rhythm / lead guitar. The band - based in Riverside County, California - will be peforming in Los Angeles County on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, for a private Christmas party. Stay tuned for information on upcoming peformances. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Surf music, TV and movie themes and rock and classical classics echoed across the Southern California Fair on Oct. 13, 2007 when Wave Invasion made a return appearance during the weeklong event in Perris, CA. It is the fifth year the band has been invited to play at the renowned SoCal event. The band performed two one-hour sets that got the attention of hundreds of visitors and passersby to the Budweiser Entertainment Tent. The band, from left, is Vince Motel, lead / rhythm guitar; Jeff Dover, drums; Richard Fisher, bass / keyboard; and Gary Sanderson, rhythm / lead guitar. Wave Invasion next appears at the Winter Carnival in Fontana, CA on Dec. 8. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wave Invasion, one of Southern California's premiere surf instrumental bands, is making its annual appearance at the Southern California Fair in Perris, CA on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. Featured in the group, from left, are lead / rhythm guitarist Vince Motel; drummer Jeff Dover; bassist / keyboardist Richard Fisher; and rhythm / lead guitarist Gary Sanderson. Known for its eclectic set list of everything from classic surf and movie and television themes to Beethoven, Wave Invasion got the ear of the music world with its classic CD "Which Way to the Beach?" For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
There was a Wave Invasion of San Dimas, CA Wednesday evening, Sept. 12, 2007 when the instrumental surf band did a three-and-a-half hour gig for the city's Market Night on the sidewalk outside Albertson's supermarket. Glenn Ritter, a faithful follower of the band from Rialto, posed with rhythm / lead guitarist Gary Sanderson before the boys kicked off their eclectic first set. Catch Wave Invasion at the Southern California Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 in Perris, CA. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Wave Invasion rhythm / lead guitarist Gary Sanderson gets help from some up-and-coming artists during the band's four-hour performance Aug. 16, 2007 at Market Night in Glendora, CA. An army of "air guitar" players joined the band for a several numbers, including the classic surf instrumental "A Summer Place." Wave Invasion is scheduled to perform for Market Night in San Dimas, CA on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, and at the Southern California Fair in Perris, CA on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Friday, August 3, 2007
It's all instrumentals, all the time when Wave Invasion appears live and in concert at Glendora Market Night on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, and San Dimas Market Night on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. We'll also be on stage at the Southern California Fair in Perris on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. We hope you join us for some great surf music, movie and TV themes and a whole lot more. For an enlarged view of our CD "Which Way to the Beach?," click on the image. To listen to cuts from our CD, click here.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
A private house party in Anaheim Hills was the backdrop for a wild Wave Invasion gig in September 2006. Tearing it up at the end of the cul du sac are, from left, Gary Sanderson, guitar, of San Dimas, CA; Jeff Dover, drums, of Hemet, CA; Vince Motel, guitar, of Norco, CA; and Richard Fisher, bass / keyboards, of Riverside, CA. The classic surf band has played at dozens of venues along the Southern California coast, across the Inland Empire and from San Diego to San Bernardino. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Vintage guitar and percussion gear has long been one of the trademarks of Wave Invasion. It's a key element in the band's classic surf sound. In June 2007, after many years of solid service, Wave Invasion drummer Jeff Dover retired his 1965 red sparkle Ludwig drum kit to bring in this new blue 1973 Ludwig Vistalite kit, featuring a 24-inch bass, 16-inch floor tom, 12- and 13-inch rack toms, 14-inch snare and classic Zildjian cymbals. The new kit is already bringing a bigger, richer sound to the group's awesome instrumentals. For a larger view, click on the photograph.
Wave Invasion bassist / keyboardist Richard Fisher was first introduced to surf music and rock-and-roll as a lad in Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada when he heard his big sister's 45 rpm of Buddy Knox's "Party Doll" in 1957. He's been hooked ever since. So, 50-years-later, when the National Hockey League's renowned Stanley Cup - the pride of Canada - made a visit to Southern California, it was only fitting that Wave Invasion's CD "Which Way to the Beach?" meet Lord Stanley's Cup for the first time. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The Internet's TradeBit listened to Wave Invasion's "Which Way to the Beach?" and liked what it heard. Under the surfing guitar instrumental rock genre, it described the band's sound as seeming "like it's a gentle day at the beach, but it soon comes at you like a giant Tsunami of sound . . . Non traditional surf songs done in a surf style . . . They have an ear-catching sound that is dynamic and infectious."
Guitarist Vince Motel, pictured, is behind many of the band's driving leads. "Not content to play the standard Surf repertoire, Wave Invasion has created their own sound and their own genre," TradeBit said. "They really don't fit into any of the standard music categories and audiences love the twists and turns they throw into every arrangement, to say nothing of the power and intensity of their performances. 'You never know what they'll play next' is often heard at one of their concerts." For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Friday, June 22, 2007
When Don Wilson, guitarist for the revered '60s instrumental band The Ventures, ("Walk Don't Run," "Surf Rider," "Perfidia") needed a Gibson Chet Atkins nylon string solid body guitar for a June 2007 appearance at Casino Morongo in Cabazon, CA, he called on Wave Invasion's Vince Motel for help. On only a couple days' notice, Vince found the guitar The Ventures was seeking and the rest - as they say - is surf music history. An appreciative Wilson thanked Vince several times from the stage during The Ventures' awesome show. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
. . . But there's a story behind the story. As Wave Invasion guitarist Vince Motel tells it: "Because as CEO of Guitars and Audio Stuff I'm a dealer for Wilson Bros. Ventures Guitars, I have a working relationship with Don Wilson and his son Tim - who own the company in Seattle.
"The week before the show Tim called and invited me to their show at Morongo Casino. Then on Tuesday before the show I got a call from Don asking if I had or could get a Gibson Chet Atkins nylon string solid body guitar that they could use for the show on Friday night. He said they couldn't find theirs. It later turned up with Bob Bogle in Oregon.
"I told Don I didn't have one but I'd check around. One showed up on Craig's List the next day and I bought it from the owner in Culver City, CA. I put in a fresh battery and made sure the guitar was working.
"I called Don and told him I had it. He was excited to hear that since there's a section in their show where Gerry McGee plays several songs with it. The next day I took it to the show in time for the sound check and they used it onstage that night for three songs - including 'Classical Gas.'" For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Wave Invasion not only features classic surf songs, but also guitars, amplifiers and drums fitting the genre - as evidenced by its set-up during a Summer 2006 appearance at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, CA. The authentic sound of surf guitars echoed through the streets of Surf City, USA on a Sunday afternoon. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
"Enio Morricone's magical "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" is all decked out in an Indian beat and plenty of Italian drama. This is an original arrangement that stands up well against the pack. The rhythmic beat and solid power, and the thundering bass lines combine to create a fine version," said Phil Dirt, internationally-known surf music expert about Wave Invasion's version of the classic movie theme. Gary Sanderson (pictured), who switches between rhythm and leads, provides the song's driving rhythm line in live performances. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Wave Invasion drummer Jeff Dover provided the driving beat behind the band's recording of "Bangalore" on "Which Way to the Beach?" Here's what Phil Dirt, surf music's premiere afficionado and reviewer, had to say about this cut:
"The Blazers' shredder 'Bangalore' gets tribal drums and lots of texture. A solid cover with lots of drive and panache. The rippin' glissandoes provide extra fire." For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Britain's New Gandy Dancer magazine had some nice things to say about Wave Invasion's "Which Way to the Beach?" in a review published in September 2005: "Very strong U.S. surf band here on some rollicking originals and powerhouse covers of the likes of Eleanor Rigby and a particularly excellent Good Bad & the Ugly. Great sound much of which must be down to the authentic equipment they use . . . Next album will include a James Bond Medley; cowboy theme medley Ghost Riders on the Storm and a surf version of Procul Harem's Conquistador but for now we highly suggest you have a listen to this cracking well worked set. 4 Stars (Davey)"
Here's what reviewer Robert Silverstein had to say about Wave Invasion in the March 2005 edition of 20th Century Guitar magazine: "Veteran guitarist Vince Motel puts his collection to the test on the first album with his band Wave Invasion. The back CD panel of 'Which Way To The Beach?' lists an array of vintage guitars used by Motel including his candy apple red 1962 Fender Jazzmaster guitar . . . Motel & Co. are masters of the vintage studio sound and the cool effects they use to get it like the strange sounding Hiwatt Echo Theremin. A round of sure-fire Motel originals mix tastefully with covers of Danny Elfman ("The Simpsons"), Randy Bachman ("Undone"), Max Steiner ("A Summer Place"), Ennio Morricone ("The Good The Bad And The Ugly") and The Beatles ("Eleanor Rigby"). Taking the guitar instrumental sound forward, Motel makes these songs his own on a five star surf-rock set."
Monday, June 18, 2007
Phil Dirt, one of surf music's preeminent historians and reviewers, gave Wave Invasion's latest CD "Which Way to the Beach?" a four-star rating on his popular web site Reverbcentral.com In part, he wrote: "Wave Invasion came out of the ashes of Surf Beat," referring to the SoCal surf roots of Wave Invasion lead guitarist Vince Motel and drummer Jeff Dover. "The originals are mostly solid, and the covers often fresh and inventive."
Phil Dirt's Picks from the CD: Elevated Operator, The Simpsons, Undun, Formosa Rectangle, Arkansas Wetsuit, Surf Bound, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Beaches and Hodads, Eleanor Rigby, Port Vue, Bangalore, Surf's Upper
Saturday, June 16, 2007
If you're in search of Wave Invasion's latest CD, "Which Way to the Beach?," you're only a few clicks away. Featuring eight original tunes - along with surf classics such as "Surfbound" and "Bangalore" and over-the-edge versions of monster tunes such as "The Simpsons" and "Eleanor Rigby" - the album is jam-packed with hard driving instrumentals. It's available for download on several sites around the Internet. Click on any of these links, and you're on your way to full immersion into the Wave Invasion experience:
Friday, June 15, 2007
Two venues. Two intrumental styles. Two awesome videos. It's Wave Invasion, live and in concert. Click here for "Eleanor Rigby" at Martini Blues in Huntington Beach, CA in February 2007. Click here for "The James Bond Medley" at Market Night in San Dimas, CA in May 2007. Please, hold your applause. It's only a movie.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Wave Invasion was invited to open for the classic rock band The Answer at the Oak Tree Festival hosted by St. Dorothy's Catholic Church in Glendora, CA in May 2007. Our old school surf instrumental sound brought many in the crowd to their feet as the band ripped through a solid one-and-a-half hour set. Wave Invasion, from left, is Richard Fisher, bass and keyboard, of Riverside, CA; Jeff Dover, drums, Hemet, CA; Vince Motel, guitar, Norco, CA; and Gary Sanderson, guitar, San Dimas, CA. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
A narrow band of sidewalk near a fountain outside Albertson's supermarket worked just fine as the performance stage for Wave Invasion at Market Night in San Dimas, CA in May 2007. The band's three-hour instrumental set drew a crowd as hundreds of visitors walked along vendor's row. Wave Invasion's set included an extended James Bond Medley, captured on video and viewable by clicking here. Small, inflatable guitars handed out by the band were a huge hit with kids in the audience. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Wave Invasion tore it up at the Southern California Fair in Perris, CA in October 2006 - under the warm glow of Bud Light. There was nothing "lite" about the band's set, however, that ranged from classic surf instrumentals to television and movie themes and beyond. Its eclectic set list has made the band a favorite at shows, festivals and street fairs across Southern California. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.
For the third consecutive year, Wave Invasion made an appearance at Huntington Beach, CA's Martini Blues nightclub in February 2007 during competition for the Orange County Music Awards. Included in its 30-minute instrumental set was a surf version of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," for which the band has received wide acclaim. Wave Invasion's YouTube video of the song has received a four-star rating.
Wave Invasion blazed through a non-stop hour-and-a-half set of instrumental surf music at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino, CA over Memorial Day Weekend in May 2007. Wave Invasion, from left, is Vince Motel, guitar, from Norco, CA; Jeff Dover, drums, Hemet, CA; Richard Fisher, bass and keyboard, Riverside, CA; and Gary Sanderson, guitar, San Dimas, CA. For an enlarged view, click on the photograph.