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Okay, so they're really a 4-piece and they definitely ain't just a surf band. But before there ever was a surf revival, before punk rock was topping the charts, there was the Surf Trio, combining the best of both worlds with a sound that owed as much to the Ramones as to Dick Dale.

Born in the garages of Oregon in the mid 80s, the Surf Trio brought together the purism of 60s garage and surf with the raw energy of 70s punk to create a sound that was all their own. With a repertoire that included both revved-up instrumentals and punk rock rave-ups, the band began to make its mark on the Northwest music scene with gigs around Portland, Eugene and Seattle.

And with their vinyl debut ­ a 7-song, all instrumental EP on Moxie Records ­ they helped breathe life back into surf music, predating the current surf craze by nearly 10 years. An offer from Voxx records followed, and in 1986 the band released its now-legendary debut album, Almost Summer, co-produced by former Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph Records honcho Brett Gurewitz. The boys played shows from Seattle to Portland to L.A., and made a second album, the souped-up Safari in a Living Graveyard.

Now, after a 3-year hiatus in the early 90s, the Surf Trio are back and better than ever. Between 1995 and 1997, they released two more albums ­ the punky Shook Outta Shape on September Gurls Records and the all-instrumental Curse of the Surf Trio on the Pin-Up label. And, after years of sweating it out in clubs, they've won recognition as one of the greatest live bands in the Northwest. Two European tours and countless high-energy, no-holds-barred shows in the States have won the band a rabid following both at home and abroad. Along the way, the boys have even become TV stars, providing theme and background music for The Learning Channel's national series Neat Stuff. Never a band to rest on its laurels, the Surf Trio put out yet another screamer of an album in 1999. The predominantly instrumental Forbidden Sounds was co-released by Dionysus Records and Blood Red Vinyl and made a big splash with fans and critics alike. Two tracks from the album ("Vibrosurf" and "Salt Bath") were used in the cinematic exploitation opus "Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby". Plans are underway for a new album in 2000, and the band shows no signs of slowing down.





Here's a pic of the Surf Trio's "Steamer" single on Pin-Up Records. This line-up features Drummer Ramon LaMadrid (left) and guitarist Ron Kleim (in shades).





THE SURF TRIO IS (as of 1997):
Pete Weinberger: Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Punk Rock Martin: Bass, Vocals
Mark Pedersen: Drums, Vocals
C.J. Cettina: Guitar, Vocals


Here's a kind of blurry pic of the Surf Trio preparing to take the stage at Portland's fabulous Crystal Ballroom! That's C.J., Pete, Jeff and Mark, left to right.




The Surf Trio - 7" EP, Moxie Records, 1985

Almost Summer - LP, Voxx Records, 1986

Safari in a Living Graveyard - LP, Moxie Records, 1989
Star Records (Canada) 1989; reissued on CD, Blood Red Vinyl & Discs, 1996.

The Surf Trio Unreleased - Moxie Records, 1991

The Surf Trio - Compilation, September Gurls Records, 1992

Surf Trio/Marble Orchard/Wicked Ones Double 7" -
September Gurls Records, 1993

Shook Outta Shape - LP/CD, September Gurls Records, 1994

Steamer/Another Girl, Another Planet - 7", Pin-Up Records, 1994

Locked Into Surf Vol. 2" comp- LP/CD, Alopecia Records, 1994

Curse of the Surf Trio - LP/CD, Pin-Up Records, 1995

Hang 10/Mile Zero - 7" Blood Red Vinyl, 1995

King of Cool/Salt Bath - 7", Roto Records, 1996

Splitsville split CD with Psychotic Youth -
Wolverine/Pin-Up Records, 1996

Surf Trio/Boss Martians split 7", Blood Red Vinyl, 1998

"Back to My Cave" track on Blood Red Battle Royal comp
Blood Red Vinyl, LP/CD, 1998

Forbidden Sounds - LP/CD, Dionysus Records/Blood Red Vinyl, 1999

"Wildcat" track on "Takin' out the Trash: A Tribute to the Trashmen"
comp, Double Crown Records, 1999