“Mexican Road Trip” is just one of 12 rollicking, vintage rock’n’roll nuggets to discover on their new album: ‘THE FORGOTTEN MEMORY OF THE BEACHES’. It’s a nonstop surf-rock album that sees the band take the sounds of 1960s Southern California and give them a rejuvenating new purpose from their base in the South of France.
Made up of Damien Ricaud (Guitar), Yves Manceau (Percussion) and Ludovic Timoteo (Bass), Captain Rico And The Ghost Band passion for surf-rock is the cornerstone for their psychedelic, mind-melting sound. The Toulouse-based group pull from a range of influences, while still staying true to their vintage roots.
Major bands from the mid-20th century such as The Shadows, The Beach Boys, and The Ventures have all been cited as major inspirations to the group’s sound, as they try to recreate the carefree attitude that was integral to the surfer culture they adore. It was this passion, plus their impressive musical knowledge then, that inspired the group to record a group recorded an album that immersed itself in nostalgia with a mesmerising effect: “The Forgotten Memory Of The Beaches”
Atmospheric and enticing, surf-rock, and the culture surrounding it is the cornerstone of the album, working its way into every track. Bouncing between elements of straight rock, Indian-inspired tempos, and elements of pop.
What emerges is an album that feels like a journey- taking the listener from the everyday 21st century living, to a carefree 60s summer, full of beaches, laughter and the weight of a blazing sun. Through “The Forgotten Memory Of The Beaches”, Captain Rico And The Ghost Band have created an album that evokes feelings of sun-filled euphoria that will stay with the listener long after hearing it.