Tsunami of Sound is Boston’s very own version of the Beach Boys with huge sounding surf inspired rock instrumentals. The band was formed in the spring of 2009 and play original tunes, classics, television themes and kooky covers. Most of the guys had played in cover bands around town. They occasionally perform with their own go go dancers, The Cameo girls.
Founding member David Esposito plays guitar in the band and was influenced by the 1960’s British invasion and instrumental sound. Esposito also collects guitars and is a slot car racer. Rick Sanger has surf music in his DNA. Sanger, also a founding member, is on drums and loves to write music. He also does some writing and plays drums with the Boston punk/garage band, The Sprained Ankles. Bob Damiano plays guitar, writes songs and became connected with the Tsunami of Sound when he recorded them in his project studio, RockScience. Damiano plays with TOS on most dates, but when it’s summer, he’s a Captain and goes sailing every spare moment. Jamie Huggins, is a semi retired professional dancer who has been playing bass with the rock cover band, When Time Flies for the last five years. He’s also the inventor of the dance shoe, Dance Paws. Now he is part of Tsunami of Sound and is thrilled with his new creative outlet. Nicole Huggins and Cha Cha Epps are go go dancers, The Cameo Girls.
Examiner spoke with Rick Sanger about the band.
Examiner: Where did you guys play your first show?
Sanger: “We first played a living room party for a friend with the 10 songs that we knew. People loved us and everyone danced the whole time.We had a funny name in the beginning too, New Squids on the Block. We and others still call us Squids. I started to take many gigs I found on craigslist and play out at a lot of local clubs around town like the Cantab Lounge, Church, Cask and Flagon. We played anyplace just to be seen and heard.”
Examiner: So how did you come up with the name Tsunami of Sound?
Sanger: “We changed our name to Tsunami of Sound inspired by Iggy Pop’s comment at a soundcheck(“someone give me a tsunami of sound!”).”
Examiner: You are strictly an all instrumental band? Have you considered putting words to your songs, especially your original songs?
Sanger: “Actually, all the band members can sing pretty good. We’ve talked it over many times about adding vocals to our music. For now we still want to keep it all instrumentals, but, we may start adding Surfin’ Bird to the set. No words to our originals yet, we let them speak for themselves.”
Examiner: Have you always been a big Beach Boys fan? Why?
Sanger: “We’ve always loved the Beach Boys! I’m sure every surf band has been asked if their music is like the Beach Boys. It may have the same vibe as the Beach Boys but that’s it. We like to think that our sound is more like The Ventures (ie) Walk Don’t Run, Pedal Pusher.”
Examiner: When did you realize that the audience really liked you?
Sanger: “We played a show at the club Church, right near Fenway, a year after the band went to see two of our favorite instrumental bands Los Straitjackets and Laika and the Cosmonauts. While we were playing, people were really enjoying us. When we loaded up many of the folks came outside and told us how much they liked us and identified with our sound. Once again no words.
Our band has fans of all ages. Even though we’re long in the tooth, many 20 somethings love us!”
November 7, 2014 – Sally O’Brien’s, Somerville
November 15, 2014 – Hard Rock Cafe, Boston
December 6, 2014 – Northeast Comic Con, Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington
December 12, 2014 – Rock n Soul Holiday Show, Regent Theatre, Arlington
For more band info: http://www.tsunamiofsound.com