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Interview with Anthony Lombego of The Lombego Surfers
By MuzikMan
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1999-10-18
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MuzikMan: Were and when did the concept of The Lombego Surfers come about? What were the motivations to start the group?

Tony: The Lombego Surfers started up about 10 years ago and have gone through different lineups. I have been around since the start. I think we were motivated mainly by our love of playing live, loud rock and roll and a desire to keep wild music around.

MuzikMan: Do you feel the group will ever start moving towards another genre and making music totally different and more complex than they are presently or are you comfortable within the surf/instro niche and feel the group can experience plenty of growth by experimenting with the different styles within the genre?

Tony: In the Lombego Surfers we have, I think two main styles: Instros and garage punk songs. Because of this we have room to move a bit within this genre. Also each member brings his personal touch. Our new cd (out In april 2000) will be with a good portion of instros both surf and rock plus the usual dose of songs.

MuzikMan: Tony, you are a Massachusetts native like myself, why the move to Switzerland? Any particular reason? Will you ever come back and reside in the states?

Tony: The move was not really planned. I was in Europe and found myself involved in the music scene and got in a band and I am still here!! I often think about going back but right now the band is going strong with a good label behind us(small but dedicated) and a good booker. So right now it would not be so right.

MuzikMan: Were and how did you find the other group members?

Tony: We all meet in Basel. Dani (Drums) and I have been friends since years and Pascal (bass) and I have played in numerous groups together.

MuzikMan: What are some of your favorite groups to listen to on your off time?

Tony: My absolute fave is Link Wray and Dead Moon (from Portland Or.) I listen to a lot of country and exotica stuff and old MC5 records, garage stuff, Dead Boys PUNK 'n Roll.

MuzikMan: Who is your main influence in music? life?

Tony: I think my influences in music are pretty much like what I listen to. In life, good drinks like Belgian beer , Indian food and being real.

MuzikMan: Do you feel this current surf/instro resurgence will continue and be taken one step further by progressive groups to create an entirely different genre that is based in that sound? I have heard some really different music this year and feel that the potential is there to have an exciting blend of different styles to "push" the music in a new and different direction, your thoughts?

Tony: I think the surf thing has been good to open up people to good instros and rock in general. I myself like to see bands expanding the genre and I fell we do. Sometimes people come to a gig and think,This is not Surf.No Fenders etc. But the roots are there. There are many ways to mix a drink!!

MuzikMan: Does the group tour exclusively in Europe? Any plans to come stateside in the future?

Tony: Up until now we have only been in Europe. But if all goes as we wish next year we want to come over. We have some contacts with bands that we have supported here and hope to pull it together.

MuzikMan: I always ask this question, but I feel it's very valid and important to Indie artists now-How do you feel the Internet has affected music today? As a whole and personally, regarding your group?

Tony: The internet is a BIG help to any independent artist. I have made many connections and meet new people over the net.

MuzikMan: What are the immediate and future plans for Tony and the Lombego Surfers? New CD on the way soon?

Tony: We have a new CD coming out in April on Flight 13 Records, then a big tour in May. We are off to Germany and Italy in November.

MuzikMan: Anything you would like to say to the cyber community before we close?

Tony: Send us some e mails and keep open to everything real.


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