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Podcast: The Reverb Syndicate on Apt613’s Talking Albums

By John McDonald on November 28, 2018

Welcome to Talking Albums.

Many of my friends are involved in music to some capacity, and while I may have a sense of the types of music that they would listen to, we’ve not really talked about albums in some time. Gone are the days when we would get together in a friend’s bedroom and dissect the vinyl collection.

Talking Albums is a chance to sit down and do just that.

In each episode, we’ll be looking at 6 albums.

  • A must-have / go-to album
  • An album more people should hear
  • The first album bought
  • A Sunday morning album
  • An album that has stood the test of time
  • A favourite new album


Talking Albums Episode 1: The Reverb Syndicate

There’s a genre of music that grabs your ears immediately. And your feet. And your hips.

It’s a groovy sound that blends twangy, reverb-drenched guitars, and florescent kitsch, with 60’s spy film soundtracks and lounge cocktails. It goes by many names – classic surf, surf rock, surf punk. Think The Ventures, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, Dick Dale, Atomic 7, Phono-Comb, and even The B-52’S.

Oh, and think Ottawa’s The Reverb Syndicate. Formed in late 2005, the quartet began with the simple concept of exploring and re-imagining the music of classic surf rock via Saturday morning B-movie spaghetti western soundtracks.

They have independently released four albums, Operation: Jet Set!Sputnik A-Go-GoMondo Cacti, and Odyssey.

Their fifth album was released at a Surf & Turf evening at House of Targ on November 16th. Last of the V8 Interceptors is an ode to turbo-charged car movie classics like Bullet, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Mad Max and Two-Lane Blacktop.

We asked Lead guitarist (and Commodore 64 aficionado) Mike Bradford, and bassist Jeff Welch to talk albums. And they did.

The result was Talking Albums Episode 1: The Reverb Syndicate. Listen below!