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Feature for October 2014





Band Name: Cutback

Genre: Instrumental Surf / Surf Rock

Geographical Area: South Florida

Interview with Frank Ferraro by email on 10/3/14


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


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

The year was 2002 and Rich approached me & Nick with the idea of starting a surf band. The three of us had formed several rock bands since the early 70’s and played together very well.  But we were tired of the same-old ‘stuff’ and Rich’s suggestion was well received. Not-to-mention, being longtime surfers the genre was always a part of our lifestyle. Elliott joined us in 2012.



3. What bands or music have influenced you most?



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

We have a total of 62 songs that we can play:


14 are originals


16 are traditional covers


11 are new school covers


13 are "3rd Wave" band covers


8 are songs from other genres we converted to surf



5. What recording have you done?


6. What kind of gear do you use?

Rich uses a Fender ’62 AVRI Jaguar through a ’65 Fender Twin.

Frank uses a Fender ’02 Deluxe Fat Strat through a ’65 Fender Twin.

            We both have all the usual analog pedals & reverb tanks.

Nicky uses a Fender ’95 Precision Bass through a ’99 Fender Bassman 400.

Elliott uses a Ludwig drum kit.

Now with the above said, depending on the venue we’ll bring a variety of other gear – smaller amps, digital effects, other guitars, and different drum kits.  


7. What is your band’s favorite food/beverage?

Hmmm… often we play venues where there are food trucks and the one we seem to gravitate to is Nacho Bizness, serving up specialty tropical burritos. Beer is a favorite to drink on-stage when appropriate;  151 Rum Swizzles when the gig is over. 



8. How do you get gigs?

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



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



11. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool you’ve used to further your band’s musical path?

Probably our band’s posters, which Nicky custom designs for almost every gig, and we send out via e-mail & social media. We have 63 of them and they can be found here…



12. What’s the most interesting performance experience you’ve had? 



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


14. Anything else?

In May 2014, a book titled Surfing Florida was published.

To our surprise there was a chapter on Surf Music.  An even bigger surprise was what was written about us on page 235. We had no idea this was happening…


"Notable among South Florida’s instrumental surf rock groups is the Cutback Surf Band, which has been a prominent fixture in the Fort Lauderdale surf rock scene since the earliest years of the twenty-first century. Its core members are baby-boom surfers with a history in the local rock music scene & their repertoire includes a vast catalog of both classic and obscure surf rock instrumentals as well as more than a dozen original tunes, all featuring the dual-lead approach of guitarists Rich LaVoir and Frank Ferarro. Their surfing background, the band name “Cutback” (taken from a common surfing technique), the Florida-surf-themed titles of their original tunes, such as “Atlantico,” “Shark Pit, “Secret Spot,” and “Conan the Surfarian,” and a between-song surf-education-banter by bassist Nicky Ravine place them in the forefront of the fourth wave of instrumental surf rock in Florida. Additionally, Cutback plays a steady gig the first Friday of every month at the Molokai Bar in the world-famous Mai-Kai restaurant, a bastion of tiki culture in Fort Lauderdale since the 50’s. As longtime surfers, their music highlights the surfing lifestyle by presenting an educational diorama of Florida surf culture, musically expressed."



Archived Interviews

August 2014 - B11

July 2014 - Brigantines

June 2014 - International Surf Music Month

May 2014 - Unsteady Freddie revisited

April 2014 - Bongo Surf revisited

March 2014 - Turbosonics

February 2014 - Blue Wave Theory revisited

January 2014 - Regional Surf Band listing

December 2013 - TarantinosNYC revisited

October 2013 - Rip Chords revisited

September 2013 - Double Crown Records

August 2013 - Mister Neutron revisited

July 2013 - Supertones revisited

June 2013 - International Surf Music Month

April 2013 - Meteor Men

March 2013 - Balboas

January 2013 - Derangers

December 2012 - Brief History of Surf Music

November 2012 - Del Rio Bandits

October 2012 - NESMA 10th Anniversary

September 2012 - Oxford (OH) Battle of the Surfing Bands

August 2012 - Surf Guitar 101 Convention

July 2012 - Blue Demons

June 2012 - International Surf Music Month

May 2012 - Thee Icepicks

April 2012 - Instro Summit

March 2012 - Mystery Men?

January 2012 - Clams revisited

December 2011 - Aqualads

November 2011 - Monterreys

October 2011 - Beachcombovers

September 2011 - Kill, Baby...Kill!

July/August 2011 - Big Tiki Dude

June 2011 - International Surf Music Month

May 2011 - Trabants

April 2011 - Instro Summit

February 2011 - Urban Surf Kings revisited

January 2011 - Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters

December 2010 - Spytones

November 2010 - Serfs revisited

October 2010 - Sharkskins revisited

September 2010 - 9th Wave revisited

August 2010 - Big Wipeouts

July 2010 - Tsunami of Sound

June 2010 - International Surf Music Month

April 2010 - AmpFibians

March 2010 - Daikaiju

February 2010 - Atom Bumz

January 2010 - Big Surf


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