There is a long, proud tradition in surf music of not actually being a surfer—worked for the Trashmen, worked for the Astronauts and worked for everyone in the Beach Boys except Dennis, who used something discovered during those clarifying moments at sea to make his single beautiful solo record. Plenty of surf rockers somehow managed to capture the essentials of the experience—the rush, the sense of balance, the crescendo and the come-down—with no contact with natural water besides rain. The MuerTones are those kind of surf rockers. Well, except for drummer Rob Alcala. “I snowboard,” he says. “That’s some kind of... More >>>