Band Name: AmpFibians

Genre: Surf Inspired Rock

Geographical Area: Cincinnati OH

Interview with Dave by email on 3/29/10

1. What is the current line-up of your band?

Our linup is 2 guitars, one bass and drummer with Dave Davies (Knot of Kinks) and Mancuda on guitars, Chris Damele on bass and Tom Coates pounding out the surf beat.


2. How and when did you get started with your band?

We wanted to play at a benefit honoring longtime local surf DJ Rockin Robert Hutchenson in 2008. We had enough songs for a half an hour set and the organizers were able to squeeze us in along with the other 3 bands. It was a great night of surf, and a chance for us to get our feet wet (so to speak).


3. What bands or music have influenced you most?

That's a tough question... but I'd have to say everyone from The Ventures to Jimi Hendrix to the Mermen to just about every kind of music out there.


4. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?

I want to say about 75% original and 75% covers..oh wait ..that can't be! Actually most of our songs are originals and a few covers with a twist. We probably need to learn a few more covers to keep the unsuspecting listeners happy with a familiar tune.


5. What recording have you done?

As of now we have 2 CDs...our first... Spies in Love, is a collection of songs recorded at various times and places, and our latest... It's Alive, was recorded in the basement live with out the use of studio trickery.


6. What kind of gear do you use?

I use a beloved Mosrite Combo, alternating between a couple of amps, one, a Traynor YGM-3, which sounds great and is light and the other , a mid 70's Twin Reverb which also sounds great but is not light. Mancuda uses an unusual Fender Masterbuilt guitar with a Fender Blues Deluxe amp. Chris uses a custom bass guitar and amp.  Tom the drummer uses a 50's era set of Gretsch drums which he says is the same set that can be seen on the Ventures LP......."Play Guitar with The Ventures".


7. What is your bandís favorite food/beverage?

Across the board.... we have to say swamp water and crunchy little insects.

8. How do you get gigs?

Blackmail and extortion

9. What are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your area?

I wouldn't say any more difficult than any other kind of music. I think people are hungry for something fresh, which is a plus. Once they hear it, they like it.


10. What positive attributes does your band have that sets you apart from other bands (of any genre)?

We try to push the limits when we play and are not afraid to take off with the music if the situation arises. Sometimes the music takes us with it and we have a lot of fun riding it out.  I think people appreciate our looseness.


11. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool youíve used to further your bandís musical path?

With out a doubt the ability to connect up with other bands and movers and shakers through the internet. Sites like NESMA and Surf Guitar 101 prove that surf music is alive and well. There's a lot of great bands out there and the sky's the limit on what and where a band can go with their music.


12. Whatís the most interesting performance experience youíve had?  

The most interesting performance for us would be being invited to play at the Surf Quake on the Lake in Cleveland in 2009. Tom Hinders invited us up to the Beachland Ballroom to play with the X-Chromatones, Spy-Fi and the Cocktail Preachers. It was a great night and we had a blast!

13. What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?

It's always great when someone appreciates your music and having NESMA take us in is an honor. It never hurts to be in the company of greatness and we're real excited to be part of it. We're all about promoting the surf music scene and will do anything to help the cause. I think that's what NESMA is all about.


14. Anything else?

We're all longtime musicians having played many styles throughout the years and finally saw a direction with surf music that is fresh and inspiring. The brotherhood among surf bands is strong and it's great to be part of the scene. Long Live Surf!