Modern eclectic surf music? Is that possible? We think it is. Five Pines is rooted in the foundations, grit and energy of surf music while adding in overtones that allow the sound to feel re-discovered. One our first disc, we based all the pieces on our upbringing here along the Californian coast. It's difficult to explain to someone who didn't grow next to the beach how this area has colored out lives.
Growing up in a little neighborhood called "The Pines", we saw the valley change one day at a time. I'm guesstimating this was around the ages of 10-12. This was back when apples were picked to be eaten in the fruit orchards here and now we have a little company with the same name in the old orchards. The Ford LTD became a symbol for seeing the world as it was then. That car was a lifeline to travel to the beach, to the mountains and just to get out of town. In fact, you can seat 10 people in that car if you wiggled in just right. Today, I remember quite a few of those trips very fondly and think of them as just a week or two ago.
So...why did we put these memories into an eclectic surf music style? Simple...The surf guitar is unique to living on our coastline. Nothing else represents the waves and sand and energy we had of growing up here more profoundly.
Five Pines is fronted by Kev. A music teacher by day and a classical guitarist by night. A bit on the quieter side until he gets an audience in front of him. Diane is the key to the drumming. A unique, no b.s. type of girl. Which is exactly what the music here needs.
As for all the tech recording notes, amps, types of guitars, boxes and junk...nah. I'll say one thing though, you can't have a surf album without a really hella old Mosrite in at least a couple of spots. While you figure out where, enjoy the music while getting your feet in some sand. K.W.