Thursday, June 05, 2008

Friday's Surf Session

Bradipios IV
Surf Session


The band was born in the mid 90's, although Ghigo and Enrico in the mid- 80's were already playing in a 60's oriented combo, The Neurotics, that eventually split up. Then Enrico and Ghigo started playing with two new guitarists, Francesco and Max (Ghigo’s brother), and having a great fun together they decided to give life to THE BRADIPOS IV. From 1990 to 1995 the band played at friends` parties, and of course is still playing a lot at the drummer's old pad. We finally recorded our first demotape "Sloth's Surfin' Party" and thanks to it we had many occasions to play in contests (Bologna, Bari, Cosenza, Ascoli). After that we recorded "Beach Fool", our first 7", for Killyourself Punkarrecords from Parma. You can also hear us in Go Surf!!, a split 7" with Scriteriati, another instrumental band from Rome; this record was released by Teen Sound Records. In February ’99 we recorded our first CD released by Omomusic, label based in Rome. It was an hard work, specially if you consider the fact that it was the first time we had to deal with a recording studio. The main trouble was to find the right sound: we wanted to sound like the bands on Del-Fi recordings. However, the sound technician was very open-minded and cared a lot about our needs (although he is an Heavy Metal expert!!). The title of the record is "Instro-Mania", it includes only instrumental tracks; obviously the predominant line is surf, but there are also rock’n’roll and garage tracks and some 60’s italian cocktails tunes (in our intensions!); the record is composed by 14 tracks including two cover, Work Song (Challengers` version) and Carmela (a neapolitan classic from Sergio Bruni), and was released in the first days of April by the above mentioned Omom Music. If you want to know which tracks we reckon the best, in our opinion they are definitely Work Song, Carmela, Dirty-Phonic and Forbidden Island; however, we think that the listener’s judgement is better than ours. Surely, using the Farfisa Compact in almost all tracks added a special sound. In the last year we played at some other contests like the Beat Festival in Piacenza and the Bus-One 60’s Party in Pavia; moreover we opened for The Boss Martians and Chocolate Watchband in Rome and for Link Protrudi in Naples. We have been listening to Surf, Garage and Italian Beat and in general to all the sixties oriented music since around a decade. Although we have precise musical tastes, we are curious and not closed to other musical genres (apart from Heavy Metal, of course!!!). Our brains are boiling for the Del-Fi and Hot Rod sound, Strummin' Mental and Diggin' Out, even for Jungle Exotica, Las Vegas Grind and Link Wray,but at the same time we like a lot of "modern" surf bands like Man Or Astro - Man ?, Phantom Surfers, Satan's Pilgrims, Finks and also European and Italian bands like Flashback V,Doctor Explosion,Petrifieds, Gravestones, Heads & the Hares, Others, Tijuana Tex & the Cowbones, Vice Barons, and many more. Recently, some of our tracks were released on:"That's New Pussycat- Surf Tribute To Burt Bacharach!", a compilation by Om Omusic; "Themes For Bathing Beauties And Woodies",a compilation by Teen Sound Records; and finally a Surf Tribute To Booker T & the MG's, on Wildebeest Records. In March 2001 the band record the soundtrack to the short indie movie "Blue Panthers" directed by Giancarlo Mazzaro now being distributed in France. In April 2001 the Bradipos IV are contacted by dutch tour promoter Arnold Vinkeles and set off on their first foreign tour. The main cities of the tour are: Arnhem, Dessau, Leipzig, Nürnberg, Dresden, Kassel and others. In July of the same year the group are the opening act in the first edition of the "Beat Fever Festival" in Verona organized by "The Fog Surfers" with bands like Lighting Beat Man and the Miracle Workers. At the beginning of November they play themselves in some scenes of "L 'Imbalsamatore"" by emerging director Matteo Garrone. The movie, produced by Fandango Films, includes musical tracks from the official soundtrack. Due out are another two tracks on the compilations "American Graffiti. A surf tribute" by OmOm Records and "For A Few Guitars More - A tribute to Morricone's Spaghetti Western Themes" for the american label of Larry White. This comp includes tracks by the best bands of the international surf scene like: Man or Astroman, Davie Allan, Bambi Molesters, Penetrators ,Cadillac Hitmen, 50 Foot Combo, Hellbenders, Los Relampagos, Irreversible Slacks, Langhorns, MiGs, Pollo del Mar and others. On December 2004 will be out two new records:a tribute to Richie Allen, a new compilation from Golly Gee Records with bands like The Hypnotic IV, The Waistcoats, John Blair, The Eliminators, The Aqua Velvets, The Chocolate Watchband and more..., in this comp the band plays the song "Room 304"; On February 2005 the band present "Surf Session", the new full lenght album from the Teen Sound Records.
1 Beach Grave
2 A Fist Full Of Dollars
3 Hey!
4 Night Of The Vesuvius
5 Reverb Gang
6 Egle's Key
7 Moon Relay
8 l'inseguimento
9 La Ultima Ola
10 She Devil's Curse
11 King Of Sloths
12 Bandito Supremes
13 Cut Back
14 Playa Inferno
15 Surfidia
16 Summer Time
Includes bonus video for your eyes


garage66 said...

Thanks for putting me in your friends list.You have a pretty nice site,and I'm going to grab some of your cool music. I think I love you...don't worry I'm a girl.
garage66/mojo repair shop

Brandonio! said...

Sweet! Thanks Trustar I bought the Surf Mania album back in the day and totally forgot to check up on this band. Looking forward to hearing this.

Trustar said...


Now I know I love you!

Thanks for dropping in.



Been listening to this one myself for the last few days. Hope you enjoy it as much I have.


Enrico said...

Hi guys. I'm the drummer of the Bradipos IV. Hope you'll enjoy our music. Reverb bless you!!

Trustar said...


Thanks for dropping by. I hope all that hear you here will make it a point to buy some CDs and look for you playing. I would love to see you all live.

Keep up the excellent work.

Keep the reverb alive!


Anonymous said...

ya no esta disponible como lo bajo?

Trustar said...

Link is still alive and kickin' @ 11:30 am pst

Give it another go


Exeter said...

I'm a sucker when it says, "reverb", and "surf".
Thanks a lot!