Laramie Dean

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Laramie Dean
Laramie on stage.JPG
Laramie Dean on stage
Background information
Born Troy, New York, US
Genres Punk rock, surf punk, surf
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels DeFi Records, Dead End Records (DER)
Associated acts Dick Dale, Agent Orange, Deke Dickerson

Laramie Dean (born January 12, 1971, Troy, New York)[1] is an American guitarist.


Dean was born in Troy, New York and grew up on the Hudson River. In 1995 he moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Dean began playing at the Elvis Room, and recording with Jim Tierny, as well as Joe King a.k.a. Joe Queer of New Hampshire pop punk band The Queers. At his first show at the Elvis Room, Dean met Tamara Collins. Collins gave Dean extensive airplay on her punk rock radio show "No Rules" which aired on New Hampshire's college radio station 91.3 WUNH.

In 1999, Dean released his first 7" EP titled "Listen to Laramie Dean can almost smell the rubber burn!" One of the songs on this EP was also featured on the "Food Not Bombs" benefit compilation for Amnesty International, which also included tracks from The Unseen, The Ducky Boys and Anti-Flag.

In June 2007, Dean recorded his only full-length LP, "Laramie Dean Plays Surf Riot!" in Miami Florida, which was released at the Misfits' 30th anniversary tour.

In January 2008, Dean relocated to Los Angeles and made his first L.A. appearance at Largo with his friend, comedian and author Greg Behrendt. Backing Dean was Behrendt's band, The Reigning Monarchs. A month later, Dean toured with Mike Palm and his band Agent Orange.[2]

In July 2010, Dean began his first solo national headlining tour (from San Diego through Seattle and as far east as Ft. Lauderdale), joined with former Aggrolite member Korey "Kingston" Horn (drums), Jeff Bennet (saxophone) and Galaxia Records surf jazz musicians The Mattson 2 (bass/keyboards).[3]

In September 2010, Dean completed a second US tour as a three-piece band beginning in Florida and ending in New Mexico, with "King of the Surf Guitar" Dick Dale's 18-year-old son Jimmy Dale on drums and newcomer Trevor Lucca on bass guitar.[4][5]

January 2011 saw Dean completing just over 400 shows with the aforementioned Agent Orange, touring the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.

In June 2011, Laramie embarked on a rare national tour with Dick Dale himself,[6] beginning with their first appearance together at Tucson's The Hut.[7][8][9] Joined again by Dale's son Jimmy on drums, and Trevor Lucca on bass, Dean's act is rounded out with latest newcomer, Japanese import Hideki Ikeura on trumpet and keys.[10][11]

On October 20, 2012, Dean made a last-minute appearance closing out the first day of the Arizona Taco Festival. Dean was backed by Phoenix retro-surf-instrumental band, The Amazing Coconauts, as drummer Jimmy Dale was missing following a brief run-in with the law. Los Angeles bassist, Danny Servo, performed a few songs standing in for Dean's bassist Lucca, who was also unavailable for the late-notice show.[12][13][14][15]

In 2013, Dean did another US tour with Jimmy Dale, Trevor Lucca, and Alex Lewis. On this tour, Trevor Lucca's other band, Hardship Anchors were support.[16][17]

On December 11, 2015, Dean screened "Surf 9 From Outer Space," a short film/extended music video at the Trepany House at the Center for Inquiry (CFI) in Los Angeles, CA.[18]

Critical acclaim[edit]

Ben Thacker of the Miami New Times wrote that "Laramie Dean, the self-proclaimed surf-punk machine, disciple of surf-guitar god Dick Dale," has a "(louder) brand of classic surf punk," stating that Dean's "virtuosity definitely kept the crowd's attention, while providing a great segue to the main act."[19]

Flavorpill's Jason Jeffers commented that "Surf-punk star Laramie Dean['s] … ripping, growling guitar transports anyone within earshot to 1960s California" and that "Dean has amassed nationwide acclaim."[20]

The Crossfire's Pete Craven commented that "the very dapper Laramie Dean" was "easily one of the highlights" of Agent Orange's European tour date at the legendary Camden Underworld.[21]

Regarding Dean's tour with Dick Dale, TX Underground wrote of Dean's sound at the show of June 8 at Houston's Continental Club: "Authentic reverb heavy Surf music, but with crunchy distortion, and a Punk attitude, it makes the term 'Surf Punk' well warranted."[22] Brian Mahar of St. Petersburg's Patch, reporting on the June 11, 2011 sold out show at the State Theater, calls Dean "a legendary surf guitar player in his own right," noting that Dean booked the entire Dick Dale-Laramie Dean tour without the help of a separate agent.[23]


Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Amnesty International:Food Not Bombs Compilation/Limited Edition LP (1998) Impulse Buying Records
  • Listen to Laramie Dean ... You can almost smell the rubber burn! 7" EP (1999) Dead End Records
  • Listen to Laramie Dean ... You can almost smell the rubber burn! (Re-issue) 7" EP (2009) DeFi Records
  • Laramie Dean is the Creeper! 7" Split Single (b/w: The Reigning MonarchsTijuana Snakefight) (2010) DeFi Records
  • Laramie Dean Plays Guitar From Outer Space EP (2015) DeFi Records


  • Laramie Dean plays Surf Riot! LP (2007) DeFi Records


  1. ^ "Births". The Troy Daily Record. Troy, New York. July 15, 1971. 
  2. ^ "Agent Orange" by Forest Longwood, Weekly Volcano, March 29, 2010
  3. ^ "California Dreaming: Surf Rock Disciple Laramie Dean Goes the Distance in Pursuit of His Musical Ideal" by Reyan Ali. Folio Weekly, December 22, 2009. Florida USA
  4. ^ Laramie Dean plays a 'Hella' Surf Riot by Maribel Santoyo, EP Culture Beat. October 3, 2010, El Paso, Texas.[1]
  5. ^ Laramie Dean, Jimmy Dale and Trevor Lucca on
  6. ^ [2] Dick Dale: The Guitar Master is Rocking in the Moment and Having the Time of His Life at 74 Years Young ATL Retro interview, June 10, 2011 "So Jimmy and I mix all these different types of concerts together, but he’s been playing [drums] with Laramie on tour ... They've been doing this for the last couple of years. So Laramie came to me and asked, "Dick, could I please open for you on one of your tours?" Normally I don't do that because I don't get involved with that. It's the agencies and the club owners. They want their own special bands to open for them, and they want a band that plays within a five-mile radius because they have their fans."
  7. ^ What's Up: in music "Hanging ten with Dick Dale, king of surf guitar" By Maribel Santoyo, June 2011. El Paso, Texas. "Surf guitar legend Dick Dale is embarking on a 20-date tour with opener and returning protege Laramie Dean"
  8. ^ Official website for Dick Dale: Tour dates
  9. ^ The Sun Sentinel: The Go Guide "Surf guitar great Dick Dale sets 2 SoFla shows" By Ben Crandell. May 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Official website for Laramie Dean "For a few years, I have a few key promoters wanting Dick and I to do some shows together. What started out as a weekend fly in gig turned into a full on tour!"
  11. ^ TX Punk Interview with Laramie Dean, Agent Orange, Dick Dale and many more. September 30, 2011.
  12. ^ EaterAZ: "Arizona Taco Festival this weekend" October 17, 2012.
  13. ^ The Amazing Coconauts: Official Site
  14. ^ The Washington Post: "Surf guitarist Dick Dale’s son and ex-wife arrested in Calif. after propane tank explosion" October 16, 2012.
  15. ^ "Surf guitarist Dick Dale's son, ex-wife arrested" The Associated Press via CNS News, October 16, 2012.
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ [4]
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  19. ^ Miami New Times, Saturday, November 15, 2008. "Agent Orange with Laramie Dean" by Ben Thacker
  20. ^ Flavorpill Miami, May 2008, by Jason Jeffers
  21. ^ Caught in the Crossfire, London, April 18, 2009 by Pete Craven
  22. ^ TX Underground Online Magazine "Dick Dale w/ Laramie Dean June 8 at Continental Club in Houston," June 11, 2011.
  23. ^ The Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete Patch "Half-Century Later, Dick Dale's Surf Music Makes Waves in St. Petersburg: Surf's up! At age 74, rocker Dick Dale displayed vigor and excitement for the 1960s surf music he made famous." By Brian Mahar, June 12, 2011.

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