The Bomboras

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The Bomboras are an American all-instrumental surf band from Los Angeles, California, United States. The band was formed in the summer of 1994, sharing a love of 1960s surf and garage music such as The Ventures, Booker T, and The Sonics.

Donning Day of the Dead regalia onstage, the fivesome tempered their retro-stylings with an update by way of The Ramones, The Pandoras, and Nuggets. Accompanied by frenzied Go Go girls, spitting flames, stage-diving, and destroying their own equipment, the Bomboras’ livid funhouse take on surf rock became an object of fan adoration, albeit a worry to the local fire department.[1]

The Bomboras took their name from a classic surf instrumental by the Original Surfaris (not to be confused with a different song with the same title, "Bombora," by the Australian surf combo The Atlantics) and released several albums on Burbank-based indie label Dionysus Records between 1995 and 1997. In summer 1997 Rob Zombie took notice of the band and signed them to his then newly formed Zombie a Go-Go label, which was distributed by Geffen Records.[1] The Bomboras finally called it quits in 2000 with some of the members forming the Lords of Altamont and some members formed The Legendary Invisible Men. Drummer Dave Klein is currently playing drums with legendary surf/punk band Agent Orange and produces bands at Dave Klein Recording, his private studio in Los Angeles. On December 31, 2006, New Year's Eve of 2007, The Bomboras played a return show in Hollywood. The Bomboras played a full set of songs at The Wild'O Fest in Mexico City June 16, 2018.

Line up[edit]

  • Action Andy - bass/vocals
  • Von Franco - guitar
  • Dave Klein - drums
  • Shane "The Showman" Van Dyke - bass/vocals
  • Johnny DeVilla - guitar/vocals
  • Gregg Lord Hunt - guitar/vocals
  • Jake Cavaliere - keys/vocals

Selected discography[edit]

  • Savage Island, 1995[2] The band's first album for Dionysius, Savage Island cost only $200 to make and was recorded in just two days.[1]
  • Swingin' Singles!, 1996[3]
  • Organ Grinder, 1995/1997[4]
  • Starship Troopers, 1997
  • It Came from Pier 13!, 1997[5] The album was described by Stewart Mason on AllMusic as being "as good as neo-surf instrumental albums get"[6]
  • Board Headz Movie, 1998
  • Head Shrinkin' Fun, 1998


  1. ^ a b c "The Bomboras | Biography". AllMusic. 1997-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  2. ^ "Savage Island: Music". Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  3. ^ "Swingin' Singles: The Bomboras: MP3 Downloads". 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  4. ^ "Organ Grinder: Music". Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  5. ^ "It Came From Pier 13: Music". 1997-02-21. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  6. ^ Stewart Mason (1997-01-14). "It Came from Pier 13! - The Bomboras | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-29.

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