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artworkSioux City, Iowa's Velaires recorded quite few tracks, issuing a number of singles on several labels between 1958 and 1963. They issued only instro, the often comped "Brazil." It was originally issued under an earlier band name The Flairs on the Palms label. Many of their post 61 tracks feature surf guitar supporting their vocals. Much of their material was very good, and it's easy to understand why they have endured. Sioux City, Iowa's Velaires still play, and have recently issued a live performance DVD.
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Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fifties styled "rockin' cricket" kinda tune at times. The lead guitar is dry, though chamber reverb is present in places in the mix, and the muted lines are kinda wet. being 1961, its presurf, and before Leo Fender's grand contraption, but it has a very surfable sound. This is the only instro they issued. The Velaires were from Sioux City, Iowa. Their sound is not unlike many of the Midwest artists of the period, especially instrumentally. It's always interesting to hear what bands do with standards, especially when they can make them work well. Very cool.