Surf-punks THE BALBOAS Release ‘The Pandemic Singles’ LP


Featuring guest-contributions from East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys), Paul Roessler (Screamers,45 Grave) and Dez Cadena (Black Flag, Misfits), the newest LP of The Balboas is available from now via Burn N’ Surf Records.Order here.
Photo credits: Suzanne Clements
The Balboas, a punk surf sensation spanning six different cities across the United States, are making waves with their latest release, ‘The Pandemic Singles.’ Amidst the chaos of the global pandemic, the band found solace and inspiration in their music, crafting an album that captures the essence of resilience, camaraderie, and creative exploration.
As Richard Griffith, one of the founding members, recounts, “When the pandemic hit, we were like most people – scared and anxious, just trying to figure out what this new world meant for us, and our families”. However, rather than succumbing to despair, The Balboas embraced the challenge head-on, leveraging their individual home studios to collaborate remotely. “We all have home studios,” Griffith explains. “So I would write a song, and then we would share Dropbox links and pass it around until we had all the tracks”.
What ensued was a remarkable journey of musical collaboration, with industry icons like East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys)Paul Roessler (Screamers,45 Grave)Dez Cadena (Black Flag, Misfits), Rikk Agnew (Adolescents, Christian Death), and Mike Palm (Agent Orange) joining forces with The Balboas“It was like heaven for us!” Griffith exclaims. “We were creating music with people we idolized, and the songs were some of our best.”
‘The Pandemic Singles’ is more than just an album; it’s a testament to the band’s resilience and creativity in the face of adversity. Mark, another original member, conceived the idea of compiling their pandemic recordings into one cohesive record. “It has been so cool to see the record through the lens of the pandemic,” Rich reflects. “Our brains were so messed up, but it ended up being a good influence for us. We grew closer, stronger, and more confident to step onto the punk surf stage and own our space.”
1. Insanity Pepper (ft. Paul Roessler & Mike Palm)
2. Dead in One Hour (ft. East Bay Ray)
3. Bad Penny
4. Karrot Water Mind Kontrol
5. Never Stay Dead (ft. Dez Cadena)
6. Forbidden Zone
7. Agent from WRONSKI(ft. Dave Wronski)
8. Impaler
9. Penetration(ft. Jimmy Dale)
10. Angel Lust(ft. Kitten Kuroi)
The Balboas‘ journey is as remarkable as their sound. RickMark, and Rich, all professors of psychology, formed the band after a chance encounter with surf legend Dick Dale. Joined by Caitie O’Shea and later Dusty Watson, a legend in the surf and punk communities, and Jimmy Dale, son of Dick DaleThe Balboas continue to push the boundaries of punk surf music.
Griffith declares: “Like most punks, nobody taught us how to play, how to tour, how to record. We just aren’t afraid to try things and are great at learning.” This fearless attitude permeates their music, as The Balboas fearlessly navigate unexplored territory, staying true to their punk roots while carving out their unique sound.
With ‘The Pandemic Singles,’ The Balboas ride the wave of creativity through pandemic turbulence. As Griffith aptly puts it, “We hope you dig it!”. ‘The Pandemic Singles’ LP is available now via Burn N’ Surf Records. Order here.
Balboas The Over 25 years and thousands of miles on the touring circuit, the Balboas have forged a sound of their own, earning a reputation as a blazing and bawdy live act characterized by a greasy American middle finger. Despite establishing their own unique sound, the Balboas have complimented some of the toughest, grizzled, and road worn rock touring acts in the U.S., having shared the stage with garage-rock icons the Woggles and the Fleshtones, rockabilly giants Southern Culture on the Skids and the Flat Duo Jets, southern rockers Nashville Pussy and the Drive-By Truckers, punk legends Agent Orange and the Dictators, and the masters of surf guitar, Dick Dale and Slacktone. The members of the Balboas live in six different cities across the U.S., but have managed to keep writing and performing their unique brand of rock for more than 2 decades. Get ready for the sonic stylings of the most irreverent reverb soaked rock n’ roll crew of mayhem ever to fill a suit and tie – Meet The Balboas!