Published Mar 05, 2015Over the years, Toronto guitarist Colin Cripps has played in bands like Crash Vegas, Junkhouse and Blue Rodeo, and last year released his first solo album. Now, he's issuing a debut album with yet another project: C & C Surf Factory, who will drop Garage City on April 14 through Six Shooter Records.
Cripps co-founded the surf rock project with fellow six-stringer "Champagne" James Robertson in 2012, and it has since expanded to include Sly Juhas (drums), Ryan Gavel (bass) and Chris Stringer (keys/percussion).
Robertson said in regards to the beach-ready surf sound, "Ultimately, the direction was a byproduct of our love for low-end twang and a common interest in wanting to play songs without words."
Although the band emphasize '60s surf influences, a press release promises that the album is "edgier and grittier than you might expect." You can certainly hear this in the fuzzy surf-noir of "Cobra Basket," which can be streamed below. "Takeshiesque," which is also below, is a little brighter, although there's a punk undercurrent to some of the chords.
The same day Garage City comes out on April 14, C & C Surf Factory will launch the album with a Toronto show at the Dakota Tavern.