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Feature for January/February 2015


Aquatudes - Revisited




Band Name: Aquatudes

Genre now: Original and Classic Surf Rock, Exotica, Authentic Rockabilly and Vintage Rock 'n Roll

Geographical Area: Central CT, New York to Newport, Springfield to Boston (formerly Central Connecticut and Shoreline)

Interview with Dick, Tom and Mike by email, late December 2014

Last interview date: February 2008

Band formed in 2007

NESMA member since 2007



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


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

Our original bassist Fred left to pursue his love for classic rock at the end of 2010.

2a. If so, what process did you use to deal with the change in the line-up?    

We advertised on and found a great replacement in Mike Rocchetti!

2b. Did the change in line-up affect your sound or the direction the band was moving in?   

We auditioned a few folks and were lucky to find Mike. We were off and running again quickly. Mike brought a boatload of experience and enthusiasm, as well as a fresh point of view which has been helpful in expanding our sound and repertoire. (P.S. Fred has filled in with us a couple times, which has been great fun.)



3. Since your last interview has your music taken on new or different directions? If so, how? 

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

We’ve had the pleasure to share the stage (or the sidewalk) at least yearly with our CT NESMA friends 9th Wave, The Clams, and The Crustaceans. Since 2008 we’ve been on one bill or another with Strange but Surf, The North Shore Troubadours, Commercial Interruption, the Preston Wayne 4, Blue Wave Theory, SPF-4, The Del Rios, and The Octomen.



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

When we’re part of a multi-band gig, it’s often one or more other surf bands. On the other hand, we’ve played a few events at Hartford’s “The Dirt Salon,” where we’ve shared the stage with live bands playing indie-rock (Hanging Hills), Mexican music (Carlos Hernandez Chavez and friends), as well as a few different DJs. We also played a classic car event in Bridgeport with the traditional rockabilly group Johnny Carlevale and Juke Joint Rhythm Rockers and the other act was a 12-year-old blues guitar phenom named Bobby Paltau who plays like Jimi Hendrix.



6. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings? Has this changed since your last interview?

8. Where does your band typically practice?


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



10. Do you ever have additional performers on stage with you (such as an occasional additional guitarist, saxophone, theremin player, dancers, etc.)



11. How do you continue to get gigs? 

The Aquatudes play several annual events. We also get referrals from people who have caught our shows. We’ll try aggressive gig-hunting from time to time and have had variable results with that. We’ve also tried some “public rehearsals” at The Dirt Salon in Hartford, during one or another of their events.



12. Approximately how often do you perform out? 

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

14. What’s the most interesting performance experience you’ve had since your last interview?  

Archived Interviews

December 2014 - SPF-4 revisited

November 2014 - Los Pinguinos

October 2014 - Cutback

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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