The Thing From Outer Space is invading London, Ontario’s Richmond Tavern this Friday. Do not fear — they come in the name of righteous surf! Little green men though they are not, they still deliver that cosmic groove. Let’s get to know the celestial surf rockers known as The Thing From Outer Space!
Take me to your surf rock leader
The London, Ontario four-piece, collectively known as The Thing From Outer Space, are the reason local dance floors have needed refinishing over the past four years. Starting in 2015, they are responsible for pioneering the local surf rock scene. The Thing From Outer Space is also known for taking over the minds of nearby listeners, causing them to dance uncontrollably to their otherworldly, twang-coated surf rock instrumentals.
Comprised of humanoids Doug “Raygun” Tasker (lead guitar), Duke Sedan (rhythm guitar), Chris “Area 51” Arenburg (bass) and Mike “Mars Attacks” Sheehan (drums), the group credits legendary surf rock outfits like The Ventures, Dick Dale, Messer Chups and Shaun Cassidy (among others) as influences for their smooth, wavy sound. Building from the staples of the genre, the group blends out-of-this-world riffs and rhythm into their twangy instrumentals, delivering a chill and far-out atmosphere to their audible offerings.
Over the last four years, The Thing From Outer Space have released one EP (2016’s self-titled debut) and three singles (“Too Drunk to Surf”, “Penetration” and “Mai Thai”, respectively). They’ve also participated in high profile events, such as: the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In, Ontario’s largest car show two years in a row, as well as the ELTA Summer Bash for the past four years.
Having invaded much of Ontario’s surf rock scene, The Thing From Outer Space’s next conquest is Surf-O-Rama 4. There, they will be joined by Mark Malibu & The Wasagas (Canada’s original surf rockers), as well as The Head Henchmen (of Scotland) for a one-of-a-kind surf rock extravaganza.
For their set, they’ll be performing one stellar, new original and three new covers (as well as other songs from their repertoire) to get those feet goin’.
So, grab your favourite pair of dancing shoes and head on down to Richmond Tavern this coming Friday and get ready to boogie!
Doors at 9:00PM | Starts at 9:30PM | Ages 19+
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