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February 2014

Blue Wave Theory revisited


Name: Blue Wave Theory

Genre: Surf & Instrumental Rock (formerly listed as Progressive Surf)

Geographical Area: NY / NJ / PA (formerly NY / NJ)

Interview with: Steve by email on 1/15/14

Last Interview date: 7/30/08

Band formed: 2007

NESMA member since: 2008

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

Steve Rabeler -  guitar
Kevin Stamper - bass
Rob Wolleben - drums
In addition, guitarist Bob Trimble (from The Sea Turtles) sometimes joins us for recordings and live shows.

2. Has your line-up changed since your last interview? If so, how?

Rob Wolleben is the 3rd drummer to play  with Blue Wave Theory since our inception in 2007. Rob joined the band in 2011.

2a. Did the change in line-up affect your sound or the direction the band was moving in?
Every new member's style modifies a band's sound to a certain degree.


3. Since your last interview has your music taken on new or  different directions? If so, how?
One major change is that we play less progressive surf than we did in the early days.


4. What NESMA bands have you had an opportunity to perform with, or share a show with?

We've performed with several NESMA bands:  TarantinosNYC, Strange But Surf, 9th Wave, Mister Neutron, Octomen, El Muchacho, Chillers, Coffin Daggers, Atomic Mosquitos, SPF-4, Sea Turtles, Supertones, Bongo Surf, Atom Bumz, Clams, Diamondheads, Reverb Galaxy, Tsunami of Sound, and Aquatudes.



5. What bands of any genre have you played with or networked with?

We've shared the stage with Dick Dale (twice), West Samoa Surfer League (surf from Germany), Bossa Nova Beatnicks (beat music), Andy Pratt (rock singer/songwriter), Inner City Surfers (rock from Toronto), The Missing Keys (blues/jazz/rock), Monko (alternative pop), Keith Kenny (singer/songwriter), The Brownies, Sideshow Prophets (rock/R&B/punk), The Hypersonics (rock/instro), Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion (horror surf rock), Lost Art, John Magill, Texas Leggs (rock/blues/experimental), JJ Culpepper (one-man band), Christopher Davis-Shannon (blues), and others!


6. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
About 70% originals and 30% covers are performed at our live shows. The vast majority of our recordings are originals, although we have recorded 3 covers.

6a. Has this changed since your last interview?

No - about the same as always.

7. What recording have you done since your last interview?
We've recorded and released 2 CD's:  "Blue Wave Theory" in 2009 and "Superstorm" in 2013. Both CD's were released on our own "Hectic Eclectic Records" label. Both albums have also been released digitally on Magnatune, an internet-based record label. In addition, we have tracks on 2 compilation CD's from Deep Eddy Records: "Off the Deep End" in 2011, and "Radical Waves" in 2012.

Currently we are in the process of recording a track for an upcoming Rolling Stones instrumental surf tribute CD on Cordelia Records. This compilation will be called "The Rolling Surf" and is scheduled for a 2014 release.

8. Where does your band typically practice?

Both our bassist and drummer have very nice rehearsal spaces in their home basements.

9. What does your band typically wear for a  performance?

We try to look sharp!

10. Do you ever have additional performers on stage with you (such as an occasional additional guitarist, saxophone, theremin player, dancers, etc.)
Guitarist Bob Trimble (from The Sea Turtles) started performing and recording with us in 2013. Saxophonist Joe Tortorelli played a couple of shows with us in 2010.

11. How do you continue to get gigs?

We get a lot of gigs by networking with other performers.  Many other gigs come via the internet.

12. Approximately how often do you perform out?
Usually we try to play out once a month or so.
13. What have you found to be the single most  effective promotional tool youíve used to further your bandís musical path?


Facebook has been the most effective promotional tool of late.
14. Whatís the most interesting performance experience youíve had since your last interview?

In 2009 we played a gig at a retro barber shop in Pennsylvania.  We tended to play a lot louder in those days and the sonic blast was literally knocking collectibles off the shelves!

15. What have you gotten out of being a NESMA member so far?
Lots of networking and camaraderie!

16. Have you had opportunities to promote NESMA? If so, what have you done?

We've mentioned NESMA on our Facebook page and will do more of that in the future.


17. Do you have any suggestion on how NESMA can grow?

A new compilation CD of NESMA bands would help promote the Alliance and its bands; NESMA-sponsored concerts / festivals would also be beneficial.


18. Anything else?
We've been invited to play at a surf festival in Asbury Park this summer. Things are still in the planning stages, but it  looks to be a very cool event. Details coming soon!


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