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Action Heroes

by Big Surf

Instrumental Surf Rock with progressive song structures and a world flair. Redefining a sound pioneered by Dick Dale, The Ventures and The Belairs, BIG SURF'S music has been called "a unique and infectious brand of surf for the adventurous" (Phil Dirt of
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tarfoot
Big Surf
2:21 album only
2. Diamond Head
1:56 album only
3. Monsta Stomp
2:57 album only
4. High Plains Marinara
2:35 album only
5. Darkwave
3:30 album only
6. Blue Surf
4:13 album only
7. Rap City
2:02 album only
8. Navel Patrol
2:10 album only
9. Prowl
4:19 album only
10. Ace 10
3:08 album only
11. Falafel
4:17 album only
12. Gotham Blues
3:22 album only
13. Bareback
2:43 album only
14. Journey to the Stars
2:50 album only
15. Stormwatch
3:14 album only
16. Ebb Tide
3:36 album only


Album Notes
Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, BIG SURF takes surf genre signatures -- the pounding drums, twangy guitar melodies, oceans of sweet reverb - and tweaks the mix with progressive song structures and world music flare.Check out their newest release HANG 11 also on CDBaby(

Redefining a sound pioneered by Dick Dale, The Ventures and The Belairs, BIG SURF'S music has been called "a unique and infectious brand of surf for the adventurous" 4 Stars (Phil Dirt of KFJC-FM Los Altos Hills, California and the Reverb Central Web site). But you can just call it "intense"(Don Nelson, of The Exotics, and The Nelsonics)!

Check out Big Surf on the web at or get on the mail list at

Band Members

Phil Belknap, lead guitar, lap steel, and Farfisa organ
Phil is the principle songwriter of the group. A steady diet of comic books, Sci-Fi, and electric guitar has infused his lively music with a sense of adventure, intrigue, naivete, playfulness, and drama. Phil was born in California and Surf music followed him to Minnesota in the 60's. Pipeline, Walk Don't Run, and Wipeout were among the first tunes he banged out on guitar.

In Minneapolis he has played with The Talkabouts, Beat Curio, Frayed Knot, and the Electric Arab Orchestra. He has traveled extensively, appearing as Flip Philip, a colorful ropewalking, acrobatic, juggling, lariat spinning street performer.

Steve Ringat, bass guitar
Steve hails from the north coast city of Duluth. His musical background is steeped in Metal, having played with False Oath and Inflict. A longtime admirer of Surf music he finds it unique, challenging, and groovin'.

Steve is also into archery, cycling, snowboarding and beer. Not necessarily in that order.

Chris Goodnight, drums
Chris has been playing drums for 25 years. He is a veteran of jazz, latin and rock and roll bands in Minneapolis and Denver.

When he's not beating the living daylights out of his drums he can be found living the rock and roll lifestyle being a house-husband/software consultant.



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Action Heroes means action surf!
This instrumental surf band is very cool! So cool, that I bought their 2nd cd first,and went backwards to get this, their 1st. This trio sounds more than a trio because the guitarist plays many instruments. The drummer & bass player hang in their admirably, regardlessly of what the guitarist throws at them. It's surf music, but with a difference. They do three cover tunes, and they're three very cool songs that you'll never get tired of and their versions even add some freshness. This is a highly recommended cd to anyone who's into surf or instro.

Phil Dirt/ Reverb Central

Big Surf have created a unique and infectious brand of surf for the adventurous.
This is a long way from the first wave sound, like a cross between Pollo Del Mar, Rake and the Surftones, Get Wet, Les Baronics, and Cat Mother and the Allnight Newsboys. Classical roots, progressive inversions, surf reverb and visuals... Big Surf have created a unique and infectious brand of surf for the adventurous.
Wow, this is cool! Rich Russian influences, surf reverb, glissandos, punch, classical feel, and dramatic flare. Very playful and infectious, "Tarfoot" is intellectually challenging while retaining the emotional content of surf. 5 stars
----------"Diamond Head"
Big Surf do a fairly straight version of the Ventures' "Diamond Head" with great damped reverb rhythm and dribbling glissandoes. Very reverent and excellent listening. 3 stars
-------"Monsta Stomp"
Heavy lumbering footsteps bring on a pumpin' stomp with monsters in mind. "Monsta Stomp" is a little spacy, a little thrashy, and much about the grumble.
Surf Instrumental Stereo 3 stars
--------"High Plains Marinara"
One might suspect a spaghetti western from the title. One would not be disappointed. A galloping cowboy rhythm, and semi-Italian theme, a laps steel's plaintiff cry, and a quirky overall feel. "High Plains Marinara" is a good time bouncing instro chompin' at the bit for a ride down the trail.
4 stars
Gloom and danger permeate "Darkwave" like murder on the surf or undead riders inside the curl. Lumbering and deadly, with drama and a forbidding sound.
4 stars--------------------
"Blue Surf"
"Blue Surf" is a soft ride in a settling post-storm sea. It undulates like a surge's circular swirl in a rocky cove as the sun breaks through the overcast. Pretty with a sense of relief.
3 stars---------------
"Rap City"
This is a very nicely done cover of the Ventures' surf conversion of Brahms' "Hungarian Rhapsody." This is a very nicely done version!
3 stars -----------------------------
"Naval Patrol"
This is a spirited and very playful song, with a sense of classical and flying fingers. Rolling down the highway on the way to the best surf party ever, "Naval Patrol" is simply fun. Excellent!
5 stars----------------
This is a slow moving gentle afternoon waiting for the surf kinda song with jazzy incisions in it's surf carriage. Lazy and fluid, and perfect for an afternoon nap at Pleasure Point.
3 stars-------------------
"Ace 10"
A pinch of suave, some vibrato shimmer, a dose of quirk, and a dash of pepper... yes, it's kinda like that. Complex and mathematical, liquid and dangerous, and moody. "Ace 10" is an intriguing track.
4 stars-----------------
Opening like a gentle summer rain, "Falafel" becomes a circular middle eastern based song in praise of those little balls of vegetable matter in white sauce. Very cool and enticing.
4 stars -----------------------
"Gotham Blues"
Lap steel cries for NYC as if some death occurred, but the mortician is a saddle tramp and the departed a medicine show barker. Quite unusual, and pretty darn cool.
4 stars--------------------
Kinda cowboy, kinda longboard, and kinda swirly. "Bareback" is a strong track with depth and classical complexity. An adequate supply of spiff keeps this in the tube.
3 stars-----------------
"Journey To The Stars"
An extended space travel intro borne of tape echo brings on a fairly traditional rendition of the Ventures' "Journey To The Stars." the big thunder and the double picked edge are intact, as is the space-surf feel. Very nice!
4 stars -----------
Heavy dark thunder, dramatic percussion, grumbling bass, and vibrato rhythm... "Stormwatch" is a dominating track that portrays just what its title implies. An excellent instro with throb and shimmer. the damped plucked lines are very cool!
5 stars-------------------
"Ebb Tide"
"Ebb Tide" is a very cool and liquefied instro with dribbling guitar lines, a moody and picturesque melody line, and a sense of optimism after a trial of some sort. Very moving indeed.
5 stars

No Brains Zine

Big Surf is super cool.
Improved old fashioned surf sound with twangy reverb guitar. Accent is not on speed and technique, but on melody - and that's what I like. Big Surf is super cool. They flavored the songs with organ, spacey analogue synth sounds + other weird effects. Also their melodies are not usual surf stuff and these guys have really great sense for humor. As they say in their promo sheet - they're "redefining" old fashioned surf style. Redefining is really the best word to describe their version of surf. Not to sound too philosophical, few words about songs. These are my faves: "High Plains Marinara" with really weird and crazy guitar (or maybe some other instrument); "Monsta Stomp" fast, funny with weird monster effects and space analogue synth noises; "Prowl" cool jazzy surf exotica; "Falafel" fantastic orient surf - didn't hear anything so great in this style since Treble Spankers (why doesn't anybody make the whole CD in this style?);... Actually this whole CD is really great and I can go on. So what are you waiting for, go and get this @