Hang 10 with Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake at Mercury Lounge

February 25th, 2015

San Diego post-punk singer-songwriter and guitarist James Reis is perhaps best known for fronting bands like Rocket from the Crypt and Hot Snakes, while Mike Blaha (vocals and baritone guitar), Jim Blaha (guitar and vocals) and Dave Roper (drums) stay in the mid-range in not using a bass but deftly mixing surf rock and garage punk into their own unique sound. And now all four musicians have teamed up as Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake (above, performing “Sets of Fire” live). They holed up at Pacific Beach in San Diego to record the recently released Modern Surf Classics (stream it below). According to Nerdist, “It’s reverb heavy and certainly surf infused, but make no mistake, this is a hard rockin’ endless summer. It’s punk rock: fast and furious.” And you can see them perform live tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn four-piece the So So Glos opens the show.