If winter was an endurance race, well, we can finally see the checkered flag. We’ve spent the past few months of northern darkness hibernating in the studio, writing and recording our new album, and with the sun once again beginning to thaw the ground we’re getting excited to provide the soundtrack for the summer. “Stay Gold” is fourteen songs inspired by the swinging 60s, surf music, film noir, bossa nova, rockabilly, exotica, and spy movies guaranteed to liven up your days and heat up your nights. It’s time to put the top down, put the pedal to the floor, and put winter in the rearview mirror. “Stay Gold”: available June 2018 everywhere fine music is streamed.
They told us we wouldn’t need a gun, so we brought four. One for MKULTRA, one for the Liberty Belle, one for The Big Sleep, and one for our Escape from Hell. They went down too easy; like a boxer with a gambling debt. We could’ve kept going, but decided to trade bullets for bourbon and leave the pleasantries to someone else. Someone with more time, more money, more banked holidays, and more life insurance. We were just doing a favor for a preferred client. Besides, dead men are heavier than broken hearts…
Summer is quickly coming to a close and, as has become something of a tradition for the band, the change of seasons means the release of our new music video. Directed by the ever-talented Andrew Young and featuring everyone’s favorite instrumental surf rock band, The 427′s, Urchin Stomp tells the tale of how the band was formed. We don’t recruit members, we create them. There’s always room for one more…
It’s still the pre-dawn of this foul Age of Aquarius and to commemorate this we’ve been writing our most rock star, post-film noir, neo-psychedelic songs to date. With titles such as MKULTRA, The Big Sleep, and Anger in Babylon we invite our listeners to create their own “mind-movies” with our music being the soundtrack. Every song we write has meaning. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to discover it. Don’t try too hard or you’ll be bound to fail. We don’t try anything; we just do it. Wanna try us?
Photo credit: Mark Preston
We enjoyed making the video for “The Spy Invasion” so much we decided to do it again! From the lens of the ever-talented Andrew Young, here comes “Fake Betty”! Featuring:
Chris van Keir - Guitar
Rob Day - Guitar
Eve Hell - Bass
Lorne Petersen - Drums
Well, here we are. 2016. We made it. We made it through breakdowns. We made it through bars. We made it with drums and with bass and guitars. We released a new album. A video we shot. We met some new friends (and some who were not). We wrote many songs, not one with a rhyme, but we knew our great drummer was keeping good time. And as we rang in the new year, two-thousand-one-six, we vowed that the world would get its surf fix.
We are pleased to release “The Spy Invasion”, which tells the story of Detectives Jim Stark and Richard Taylor as they hunt down the nefarious Lola Brigida and her associate Count Kilmeister. It is a tale of intrigue, back-handed romance, and broken alliances told in stunning 16mm by up-and-coming filmmaker Andrew Young. Will Lola and The Count make their escape? Or will the dashing duo of detectives become Byronic heroes? Who will remain and what will be left of them? Stay tuned!
Our upcoming album, “Mavericks”, will be released next month and it has us reflecting upon the moods music can convey. We’re not speaking of stories written in rhyme, but music in and of itself. Instrumental music, regardless of genre, tells its own story, conveying a mood, painting a picture, framing a scene in a listener’s mind, which is at once personal and universal. A piece of music can evoke raw joy and pure ecstasy or, keeping in mind All Hallow’s Eve is upon is, can provoke fear and dread. Through music alone one could experience a bitter wind blowing lonely leaves from the skeletal remains of trees on a moonlit night. All dependent upon the listener’s own life experience or, as Norman Zinberg discussed, set and setting. No other art form is as abstract and ethereal as music. Books have pages filled with words. Even so-called “abstract art” has a visual component as well as a tangible one in the materials used. But music, instrumental music, has no words to act as a guide, no narrator to lead us, no visuals whatsoever, aside from what each of our mind’s conjure up within the confines of our cranium. So the next time you find yourself singing along to the latest chart-topper, pause for a moment and consider your mood, and your image for the song before the singing began. Where are you? And more interestingly, now that you’re considering where you are, where are you going?
This has been one hell of a year in The 427′s camp and this past month has been one of the toughest yet. Between relationship breakdowns and breakups, health issues, hospitalizations, job losses, and friend losses, the possibility of complete and utter physical and mental collapse has been very real. And yet, despite others’ best efforts, Rob, Chris, Eve, and Lorne are still here and stronger than ever. They recently returned from the Western Canadian Music Awards in Victoria, British Columbia, where they were nominated for “Instrumental Recording of the Year”. They have completed production on their full-length debut album, “Mavericks”, which will be released in time for Christmas 2015. They have just completed filming of the pilot episode of their new TV series, “The Spy Invasion” with the producers of the documentary “Keep It Real” and will be bringing it to the screen within the next month. They begin their fall series of shows this weekend with the Tattoo & Arts Festival in Calgary, Alberta. On top of all that they have still made time to restore hot rods, build airplanes, harvest wheat, surf rivers, and, of course, write new music. So, like the snake sheds its skin to start anew, so the original surf rock mafia have banded together to continue onward and upward, now with a new motto: “God forgives, The 427′s don’t”.