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Rock: Surf Rock Moods: Type: Instrumental Holiday: Rock Rock: Instrumental Rock Moods: Mood: Christmas

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United States - California - LA United States - California

Matt Hurray

Matt Hurray was born in Torrance California and was raised on Balboa Island CA since the age of four. His music career began at Corona del Mar High School in 1985 when he started a band with fellow musicians Eric Vinje and Mike Loos called Cheap Thrills. This three piece combo enjoyed as much success as a high school band could by playing multiple parties and dances as well as hitting the Orange County Club scene and performing with soon to be mega stars including Faith No More! College soon took it's nasty toll on the group and they disbanded.

In or around 1992, Hurray and Burnt Party Host drummer Scott Woods formed a new band, Just Plain Big. This new project grew into a substantial musical force in the mid to late nineties. JPB was signed by Caroline Records Double Deuce and recorded and produced their first CD, Pets Sounds. Critical acclaim was showered upon the group and a Semi-National Tour was underway. Sales of the album were strong, but the relationship with Double Deuce was strained and the guys decided to look for another record label to move the group forward. JPB headed straight into the studio and recorded two albums, "To Stuff A Wild Bikini" and "Boobs, Toobs, and Doobs". "Bikini" was again loved by critics throughout the states, and gigs were played with major recording artists including The Hoodoo Gurus, English Beat, Agent Orange, and They Might Be Giants to name a few. The album was shopped around to various labels but the band remained unsigned partially due to the individual song writers owning all the copyrights and publishing rights! "Boobs" was released in limited addition in 2006 and again gained critical success. Since then, JPB has played a handful of gigs here and there, but the members have all moved on to other musical endeavors.

Hurray decided to leave music altogether and didn't pick up a guitar for four years. But as it always goes, the guitars in the attic began to beckon him...and the fun began again! Hurray blew the cobwebs off the old guitar collection in the Spring of 2011 and set forth on a mission to create a solo album of Surf Instrumental Tunes using bands such as The Ventures, The Safaris, Dick Dale, and The Hoodoo Gurus as inspiration along the way. His new album "Egyptian Surfer" (a loose reference to the meaning of Dale's "Misirlou") will be released on January 30, 2012 and is sure to please anyone who has ever enjoyed the genre known as Surf.

For more information regarding new songs and live performances, go to www.matthurray.com.

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