Dick Dale wasn't nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar" for nothing: he pretty much invented the style single-handedly, and no matter who copied or expanded upon his blueprint, he remained the fieriest, most technically gifted musician the genre ever produced. Dale's pioneering use of Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies (learned organically through his familial heritage) was among the first in any genre of American popular music, and predated the teaching of such "exotic" scales in guitar-shredder academies by two decades. The breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique was unrivalled until it entered the repertoires of metal virtuosos like Eddie Van Halen, and his wild showmanship made an enormous impression on the young Jimi Hendrix. But those aren't the only reasons Dale was once called the father of heavy metal. Working closely with the Fender company, Dale continually pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing the thick, clearly defined tones he heard in his head, at the previously undreamed-of volumes he demanded. He also pioneered the use of portable reverb effects, creating a signature sonic texture for surf instrumentals. And, if all that weren't enough, Dale managed to redefine his instrument while essentially playing it upside-down and backwards -- he switched sides in order to play left-handed, but without re-stringing it (as Hendrix later did).
The Headless Horsemen
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Brooklyn BowlDoors: 6:00pm / Show: 8:00pm
This event is 21+
The Headless Horsemen formed in September 1985 founded by guitarist Elan Portnoy from The Fuzztones and bassist Peter Stuart of The Tryfles, both stalwarts of the NYC garage rock scene of the early 1980's. Guitarist Chris Cush and drummer Dave Ari joined the next year, and the band soon signed to Resonance Records releasing their all-original debut lp Can't Help But Shake in 1987. The Horsemen toured Europe extensively over the next couple of years with a super tight high-energy rock'n'roll show influenced by The Flamin' Groovies, The Who, and The Pretty Things, among many others. Disbanding in the early '90's, The Headless Horsemen reform on special occasions to bring their high octane blend of 1960's energy to modern audiences.