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
The Woolly Bushmen
Formed in early 2011 and based out of Winter Park, Florida, The Woolly Bushmen have managed to combine 1960's rock and roll with 1950's rockabilly and a dash of soul, forming their own unique genre of all original crowd-rocking songs. These young musicians (all college age) have captured the respect and admiration of seasoned musicians, some icons in their own right, that are twice their age while grabbing every audience by the scruff of their necks and whipping them into a dance frenzy. Teenagers, middle-agers, old-agers, male, female, black, white, green, purple, The Woolly Bushmen tend to appeal to everyone without compromising their style and musical integrity...mass appeal without losing cult appeal...they do their thing and it works! Audience comments run from, "...where did this band come from!?", "...how did we not know about them before!?", "...These guys have IT!", and very often, "the best band I've seen!".
A typical Woolly Bushmen show will see lead singer, Simon Palombi, switch from vintage VOX organ to guitar, whilst, Jacob Miller, switches from bass to guitar allowing the band to play two different sets in one, much to the surprise and delight of the audience! The songs of The Woolly Bushmen are based around catchy organ and guitar riffs with infectious choruses that sound straight out of the charts of the late 1950's and 1960's. These all original songs give you, the listener/audience, the sense that you've heard them before...only, you haven't unless you've seen The Woolly Bushmen or listened to Tampa, Orlando, St. Louis, and Philadelphia college/independent radio. The sole purpose of The Woolly Bushmen's music is to get people dancing...and it works every time!
Leave your angst at home, nothing heavy or moody here! One reviewer said, "...It's like Buddy Holly fronting The Troggs, or, Jerry Lee Lewis singing 'Incense and Peppermints'"...that is the unusual and unique mix of 1950's and 1960's at it's best.
Over the past five years, The Woolly Bushmen have played many notable shows with iconic acts like, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Dexter Romweber Duo, King Khan, Ty Segall, The Beat, The Fleshtones, Gringo Star, and many more, as well as frequently being invited to play festivals. They currently do routine tours of the United States.
From the beginning, The Woolly Bushmen have rarely had to hustle for gigs...shortly after they emerged from their garage studio, they were and continue to be asked to play more gigs than they can handle. Both, The Orlando Weekly and The Orlando Music News have voted them Best New Band, Band of the Week, and Best Orlando Release of 1012...you name it. The Tampa press and media have similarly lauded them as well, to the point where Tampa has adopted them as their own even though they hail from the Orlando area. The Woolly Bushmen have repeatedly been invited to play live on multiple radio stations as well as having regular radio airplay.
In July 2011, The Woolly Bushmen released a demo EP entitled, "Here Cometh The Woolly Bushmen" on retro cassette tape and sold out in less than 2 months! The band's eponymously titled full length CD was released in July 2012 at a live show in Orlando that saw the parking lot filled with fans unable to get in to the packed club, yet, stayed on site because it was the place to be! The CD received great reviews and has sold thousands without any promotion other than gigs! The band's merchandise, t-shirts, bumper stickers and CD's are sold out as soon as a new run is produced. They released a well-received seven-inch record in April of 2013. All three releases have seen airplay on several college radio stations on the east coast.
In 2015 The Woolly Bushmen released their first vinyl LP “SKY BOSSES” on their self run label Chesterwick Records. “SKY BOSSES” has been reviewed by countless Rock ‘N’ Roll/ Indie music blogs (both domestic and international) as well as having International radio play.
The group recently recorded their latest LP “ARDUINO” produced by Rick Miller of Southern Culture On The Skids. Though it is still in the works, various labels have already begun to show interest in releasing the LP.