A Pony Named Olga
A Pony Named Olga, based in Berlin, Germany, is already a familiar name around Europe where they've played hundreds of shows over the past several years in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal. Now, Their shows combine a jazzed up take on cowpunk that blends polka, big beat, rockabilly and rock. Lyrically biting and wryly comedic, they avoid the linguistic pitfalls of many German bands that sing in English. Lead vocalist Heinrich Heimpel has a high, throaty timbre -- perhaps reminding of a modern-day male equivalent to Wanda Jackson. He's no slouch on his Gretsch six-string either, seamlessly blending a wide variety of styles with panache. Bassist "Luscious" Lloyd Clark slaps with class and high showmanship while drummer Steve The Machine lives up to his name. This is musically deft psychobilly that's the soundtrack for any roots rocking party. Their explosive live shows and hectic international touring schedule which now includes the U.S. make them a band to watch.
The ground swells of the 9th Wave were first witnessed in the mid 1990s when guitarist Mike Rosado began writing surf music in the Connecticut wilderness, miles from the nearest ocean. By the summer of 1997, the 9th Wave lineup included Mike Lewis on bass and Jim Nichols on drums. The trio recorded the band's debut album, Cruising for Mako, in 1998 and soon began to attract critical acclaim as Connecticut's premier surf instrumental combo, opening up for such musical luminaries as Dick Dale and the Amazing Crowns.
In 1999 Rosado and Nichols teamed up with bass player Denise Dixson to release 9th Wave's second CD, Surf Denial, and enlarge the band's touring radius throughout Southern New England and eventually down South. After a summer appearance in North Carolina at Sleazefest, Chapel Hill's preeminent Mardi Gras of music, moonshine and mayhem, the band added Go-go dancers to an already elaborate stage presentation, which has been known to include palm trees, surf boards, flamingos, tiki torches and fog-shrouded Polynesian masks.
The new millennium saw 9th Wave featured on three CD compilations in addition to being highlighted in numerous publications throughout the world. In the midst of a busy performance schedule, including two appearances at Sleazefest 2000, the band produced a third CD, Hurricane, the much-anticipated follow up to Surf Denial. Pursuing the diverse musical trajectory begun on the last album, the CD ventured through several styles of instrumental music including surf, spy, lounge, hot rod, sci-fi, exotica and western twang.
Following the Hurricane release, 9th Wave's line-up made a gradual shift from three-piece to four-piece. In the current line-up, Rosado's signature surf guitar sound is supported by the experienced bass touch of Negative Ed, a pounding surf beat from drummer Phearsome Phred Rawles, and vocals, flute, Farfisa organ, and rhythm guitar played by Sandy "Oceana" Rosado.
With another two years of Sleazefest performances, inclusion on two additional European compilation CDs, and over 50 gigs in the past calendar year, 9th Wave returned to the studio for the May 2003 release of Time Tunnel, 9th Wave's fourth full-length all-original CD, published by Beach House Records. This CD takes you on a journey to the days when hot rods ruled the streets and the surf instrumental movement provided the soundtrack. Time Tunnel ventures through several different styles of all-original instrumental surf, hot rod, spy, exotica, sci-fi, and western twang. All tunes were recorded live in the studio with one or two takes, to capture the excitement of a live performance. 9th Wave, the premier hot rod surf band, inflicted the fury of pounding surf on the east coast and beyond in support of this CD