Surf / Instro
Geographical Area: Central MA / Boston
Interview with: Bob Conroy by email on
Band formed: 2009
NESMA member since: 2010
1. What is the current line-up of your band?
Bob Conroy – Guitar
Tom Wood – Guitar
Ken Holland – Bass
Brian Bourgault – Drums, Theremin
2. How and
when did you get started with your band?
We have all been playing in various bands for a long time. Tom, Brian and I got
together two years ago to record some stuff just for fun. We started off doing
blues and gradually started doing originals. Since we have all been huge Surf
fans we evolved in that direction. Brian has been an avid collector of
Surf music in vinyl and CD’s for most of his life and has been a long
time supporter of the live
Surf music scene. I was inspired to write by a
Laika and the Cosmonauts live show. Tom is a jazz/fusion fan so some of that
may creep in, who knows? We are only limited by our imaginations. We added Ken
on bass when we started doing live shows. Whatever we do will have lots of
reverb and whammy bar
3. What bands or music have
influenced you most?
The Ventures – that classic surf sound,
Dick Dale – for his ferocity. For me personally
– Laika and the Cosmonauts.
What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or
We do all original music.
5. What recording have you done?
We just completed our first CD of original instrumentals. You can hear our
entire new CD on our MySpace
6. What kind of gear do you use?
Guitars: DiPinto Galaxie 4,
Fender Telecaster (with Bigsby!)
Amps: Fender Blues Deville, Rivera
Bass: Fender Jazz w/ Flat-wounds, SANS Bass Pre-amp,
Carvin Power Amp, 4-10 cab.
Drums: Sonor kit with a DW Craviatto snare
is your band’s favorite food/beverage?
SpyTones heartily endorse Sam Adams beer.
How do you get gigs?
Networking with other bands. Getting contacts through the internet. Cold calling
are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your area?
Many of the clubs/cafés etc. in our area tend to stick to certain genres – like
classic rock or folk music. It’s a bit hard to find places where people ‘get’
what we’re doing.
10. What positive attributes does your band have that sets you apart from
other bands (of any genre)?
Our music is immediately identifiable as Surf music and that’s what we want. But
we’d like to think we add a little something original in there somewhere. Our
motto is ‘changing the world one surf tune at a time’. We are professional and
easy-going. We have a great time playing and I hope that comes across in our
What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool you’ve used
to further your band’s musical path?
Networking by band members.
12. What’s the most interesting
performance experience you’ve had?
We’ve had a few. We opened for
Bill Kirchen last summer and that was an incredible audience. Very
attentive and enthusiastic. And we played a Surf night at Otto’s last September
that was just a really fun gig. We had a blast playing and
Unsteady Freddie was very
cool – we like what he’s doing and how he does it.
13. What do you hope
to get out of being a NESMA member?
Getting to know other musicians and bands – we love the variety of Surf music
out there. We have already met a number of bands, doing some gig sharing where
14. Anything else?
We love this music and we are
having so much fun, it’s just unbelievable.
Support independent music
and buy a copy of our CD! Email Bob at