Saturday, November 1, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Band finds its niche with surf music

The Deadlies bass player Bob St. Laurent, left, guitarist James Patrick Regan, center, and drummer Jim Lang, right, perform at a taping of KOFY TV's Creepy KOFY Movie Time last week in San Francisco. The group is the house band for the show as well as well as the unofficial house band for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

The Deadlies bass player Bob St. Laurent, left, guitarist James Patrick Regan, center, and drummer Jim Lang, right, perform at a taping of KOFY TV's Creepy KOFY Movie Time last week in San Francisco. The group is the house band for the show as well as well as the unofficial house band for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

By
May 14, 2011 |

15d1,7,8.indd
FAIRFIELD — Musician James Patrick Regan’s path to playing aggressive surf music in the Bay Area trio The Deadlies was circuitous.

The 47-year old Napa resident’s musical resume features decades of clubbing with a local hard rock outfit, a fascination and dedication to Hawaiian traditional/contemporary music. It even includes a stint touring the world with the Romanian National Circus.

“We started The Deadlies about four years ago when the three of us were playing in separate hard-rock bands,” Regan said. “We had played for about 20 years in Bay Area clubs such as the Keystone Berkeley and The Stone and opened for bands like Black Oak Arkansas and Montrose. It got to the point where it was always the same old thing and then there really wasn’t a hard rock scene anymore. So we took some of the aggression of hard rock and punk and started a surf band.”

Bassist Bob St. Laurent and drummer Jim Lang round out the band.

See review of The Deadlies’ new release.

The Deadlies follow in the long tradition of early 1960s artists like Dick Dale, The Chantays and The Ventures that created the soundtrack to wave riders and beach bums. Each of the seasoned musicians brought their accumulated skills to the project and Regan calls their debut disc “Meet The Deadlies” a collaborative solo record for each member.

Like the great surf legends of the past, the band plays mainly instrumental melodic, guitar-heavy rock and roll.

“You know how every rock song has a really good part, like a guitar riff or something? What I try to do is play all the good parts and string them all together,” Regan said. “That doesn’t require a lot of vocals. We are working on a new album and one of the songs has vocals, so we’ll probably name it ‘This is The Song With Vocals’ or something.”’

The Deadlies are the unofficial house band for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo and have played on July Fourth and other occasions at the theme park. Later this month, they are scheduled to play at the opening of the park’s newest ride called the SkyScreamer, which swings riders in a 98-foot circle at 43 mph while suspended 150 feet off the ground.

In addition to exposure, Six Flags also indirectly helped name the band.

“Initially we were called The Deadly (or Potentially Harmful) Surfinatics, but the Six Flags people didn’t like it because it was too long to put on all their signage,” Regan said. “So they started calling us The Deadlies, it stuck, and we now relish the name.”

The family-friendly nature of The Deadlies’ shows at Six Flags couldn’t be in more stark contrast to their other standing gig, as the house band for independent San Francisco television station KOFY TV’s “Creepy KOFY Movie Time,” which airs 11 p.m. Saturdays.

“Creepy KOFY Movie Time” is related to the late Bob Wilkin’s “Creature Features,” which ran in the 1970s in that it shows movies few would consider classics. A recent offering was 1971’s “The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman.”

However, instead of a soft-spoken, cigar-smoking host like the older show, KOFY’s has a frat-boy feel and the hosts are a demon named Balrok and radio DJ No Name. It features bikini-clad dancers, stand-up comedians and The Deadlies playing live before and after commercial breaks. Regan describes it as “Like ‘Wayne’s World’  but in a really creepy way.”

“Creepy KOFY has bands that play during the breaks and we went on as a one-time deal and basically we fell in love with the hosts and they fell in love with us,” Regan said. “So I suggested they adopt the late-night format like Letterman or Leno, where they have a band that plays in and out of the breaks and we’ve done like 70 shows with them now.”

In addition to their regular gigs, The Deadlies do their best to give back to the community. On June 4, the group is slated to appear at the North Bay Get Together Car Show at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. The proceeds from the show benefit Bay Area-based Swords to Plowshares, a not-for-profit veteran service organization, and Bikers Against Child Abuse.

On June 25 they will play at Six Flags’ annual “A Walk in the Park” event which benefits Oakland’s Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network, an organization started by Marie Osmond.

“We also volunteer our time at Expression College for Digital Art in Emeryville,” Regan said. “We go there and play for them and the kids learn how to record. We do that just about every month.”

The art school students returned the favor by crafting a music video for The Deadlies for their song “Teahupo’o.” It features live action, different styles of animation and includes the group playing the song in a replica of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine van.

“Teahupo’o” is the lead-off track from “Meet The Deadlies” and refers to a huge wave familiar to surfers. While many of the progenitors of the genre never braved the waves, Regan and his bandmates are actually dedicated surfers.

“Growing up, my parents couldn’t always afford the entrance fee to Disneyland and renting surfboards is much cheaper especially when you have three kids,” Regan said. “When I got older I discovered this place called Hawaii where the water is warm. Bob and I try to take our families there every year to surf if we can.”

In addition to the waves and the weather, Regan adopted Polynesian culture in his music as well. Specifically, a Hawaiian style of guitar featuring open tunings known as slack key.

“I studied under Keola Beamer, who is like the impresario of slack key music. I’ve played a lot of different kinds of music like jazz and that ‘oom-pa-pa’ stuff with the Romanian circus and nothing fits me like slack key does. It’s the music in my head,” Regan said. “I still play it at weddings, restaurants and wineries and that’s how I keep it alive.”

While The Deadlies have only been together for four years, paying their dues for so long has increased their capacity for appreciation of what they have achieved.

“The TV show is completely different from playing at Six Flags and that is completely different from recording at Expressions and having Jack Douglas (record producer for Aerosmith, The Who and others) behind the boards and I absolutely love it all,” Regan said. “But if there’s one thing I love above all, it’s when someone just really gets it and enjoys our music.”

Reach Fairfield freelance writer Tony Wade at over40rocker@sbcglobal.net.

On the Web

http://www.facebook.com/thedeadlies

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/theDeadlies1

http://www.kofytv.com/breaks/creepy

http://northbaycarshow.com

http://www.sixflags.com/discoveryKingdom/events/WalkinthePark2011.aspx

Tony Wade

Tony Wade

Tony Wade is the slightly older yet infinitely more handsome brother of long-time DR columnist Kelvin Wade
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 5 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rich GiddensMay 14, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    Cool thinline Telly---aqua surf blue color. Guaranteed to have a real thang to it! Surf's up dude!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JoshMay 14, 2011 - 10:03 pm

    Lol nice

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Tony WadeMay 15, 2011 - 8:25 am

    Rich, I was so stunned to see you put a positive comment on my story--or at least the pictures--that I thought long and hard before posting because I didn't want to elicit a negative one. Just for the record as far as I know, The Deadlies have nothing whatever to do with the Suisun City Police Department, the Obama Administration or that past neighbor from hell of yours. They just make fun music.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • RichMay 15, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Music and food bring us together Tony. Sorry I mispelled "twang"! In light of what goes on in Vallejo and Mayor Osby Davis's continual denials, I feel the name "The Deadlies" is a very appropriate name for a band playing in that town! Perhaps we can find some other bands to play there too---like "The Thugs" or "The Gangstas" or even "Police Corruption Incorporated".

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • nonameMay 16, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    dang they need to fix that typo - its not 47 its 37!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Mom gets creative to costume son, his wheelchair

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Mall proves right site for many on wet Halloween

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1

 
Wellness Recovery Action Plan training dates set

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Suisun police warn of scam involving phony IRS agents

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

Costumes rule day at Halloween parade

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Few details available on Halloween shooting

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
Dance with me . . . the old-fashioned way

By Murray Bass | From Page: B5

 
Beach scene in ‘Carp’ worth a visit

By George Medovoy | From Page: B5

 
Suisun City police log: Oct. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Fairfield police log: Oct. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
.

US / World

Military sex survey draws complaints

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Conviction in 1984 Pleasanton classmate murder

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Poll: Voters favor water bond, sentencing changes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Castro, Sacramento Zoo’s popular tiger, dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Spacecraft for tourists breaks up on test flight

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
‘Grim Reaper’ attacks woman in California home

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Ex-band member guilty in drum major’s hazing death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
NTSB: Kansas plane drifted to left before crashing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Kansas urges judge not to rule on gay marriage

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Early votes exceed 15 million – but who benefits?

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Creator of Operation couldn’t afford own operation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Hospital: Girl, 14, dies after school shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Italy phases out sea rescues to save migrants

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Israel cartoon highlights troubled ties with US

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Russia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Yemen’s Shiite rebels give president ultimatum

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

.

Opinion

Editorial cartoons: Nov. 1, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
New initiative law makes far too few fixes

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A8

 
Letter on threats case misses mark

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Moy should be re-elected Nov. 4

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 4 Comments

 
Davenport, Strickland for Suisun council

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

.

Living

Today in History: Nov. 1, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Nov. 1, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Families need acknowledgement of their loss, no matter the cause of death

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B11

 
Horoscopes: Nov. 1, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B11

.

Entertainment

Hello Kitty’s 40 years of cuteness and cool

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Taylor Swift gets a Bronx cheer as NYC Ambassador

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Indians saddle Mustangs with 50-0 defeat

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Orange fever reigns over drizzly Giants’ parade

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Wildcats top Armijo 49-15 on muddy Halloween

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1

 
Warriors, Thompson agree to maximum extension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Untapable wins Breeders’ Cup Distaff

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

49ers LB Willis to be game time decision

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raiders may be without starting CB Carlos Rogers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Gay leads Kings past Trail Blazers 103-94

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

This date in baseball history for Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Sports on TV for Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 1-2, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B4

Stewart hits 200 mph, Kenseth takes Texas pole

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

 
.

Business

 
US stock indexes zoom back to record highs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Exxon, Chevron shrug off effect of low oil prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Now in aisle 3 at Lowe’s: robots

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Microsoft promises new Office for Macs next year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

.

Obituaries

Robert Christensen

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
.

Home Seller 11/1/14

Real estate transactions for Nov. 1, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2

left over transactions from Oct. 25

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2, 1 Comment

Average US 30-year loan rate up to 3.98 pct.

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

Right at Home: artistry and artifice in new tiles

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3