The Reverb Syndicate

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The Reverb Syndicate is an almost exclusively instrumental "Spy-Fi" surf band from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who have been playing since 2006. Their music is of "soundtracks to 1960s spy films that don’t exist".[1] They toured England and Scotland in 2008[2] and again in 2012, and have played at the 2007 and 2010 Ottawa Bluesfest.[3][4] They have released three studio albums; Operation: Jet Set! (2006),[5] Sputnik A-Go-Go (2007),[6] and Mondo Cacti (2011).[7]

The band created and performed in a radio drama on the Canadian campus radio station CKCU in 2006,[8][9] and have had two interviews on CBC Radio One (Sep 21, 2006 [10] - and a 10-minute interview on Nov 21, 2007 [11]).

"The Reverb Syndicate is an Ottawa band that is taking on sinister government plots using a series of high-tech gadgets, a way with the ladies, and some seriously fast automotives. [They sound like] a bunch of surfers jumped James Bond in an alley." - CBC Radio One (Alan Neal)[10]

Bassist Jeff Welch has played with Suburban Pop Project and Fan Belt Seven.[1] Each band member plays a fictional spy character on stage:[5]

  • Mike Bradford (aka Agent Vic 20) – lead guitar, Theremin
  • Jeff Welch (aka Agent Ampeg) – bass
  • James Rossiter (aka Agent Sovtek) – rhythm guitar, keys
  • Mike Rifkin (aka X) - Drums (2006-2011)
  • Michael Sheridan (aka Felix Wainscotting) – drums

The band have also played shows across Canada and, on one occasion, as part of the line-up in a surf rock showcase in New York City.[12]

Track list[edit]

Operation: Jet Set! (2006)

  1. "Theme To "Operation: Jet Set!""
  2. "I Am The New Number Two"
  3. "Oil Slicks And Ejector Seats"
  4. "On To Checkpoint Bravo"
  5. "Shake Don't Stir"
  6. "The Code Is ********"
  7. "I Am Not A Pleasure Unit"
  8. "Zis Is KAOS!"
  9. "M's Lament"
  10. "Inlet Of Dire Consequences"
  11. "...And The Hero Gets The Girl"

Sputnik A-Go-Go (2007)

  1. "This Is Not A Test"
  2. "Lunar Attack!"
  3. "Sputnik A-Go-Go"
  4. "Bolshevik Boogie"
  5. "The Martini Cluster"
  6. "The Lonely Henchman"
  7. "La Balada de Senor Esquivel"
  8. "Escape From The Village"
  9. "Belka & Strelka's Big Adventure"
  10. "Theremania!"
  11. "Trans-Siberian Sunset"

Mondo Cacti (2011)

  1. "A Shadow Descends On A Dusty Town"
  2. "Theme To Mondo Cacti"
  3. "Return Of The Angry Gentlemen"
  4. "The Unsophisticated Señor"
  5. "Guadalupe's Lab"
  6. "Wandering Man"
  7. "A Plethora Of Piñatas"
  8. "Mondo Cacti (reprise)"
  9. "Worse Things Happen At Sea"
  10. "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Gunfighters"
  11. "Los Alamos Breeze"
  12. "Estruendo En El Rancho"
  13. "Six Shooter Shuffle"
  14. "Mud Puddles And Abandoned Saddles"
  15. "Last Train To Death Valley Junction"
  16. "Tequila Canyon / El Gran Final"


  1. ^ a b Sayani, Fateema. "New to the Instro-Surf-Spy Scene", Ottawa Citizen, 2006-01-05, p. C3.
  2. ^ Sayani, Fateema. "City soundcheck", Ottawa Citizen, 2008-08-28, p. E3.
  3. ^ "Ottawa Bluesfest 2007 Primer". JamBands. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Ottawa Bluesfest 2007". Ottawa XPress. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  5. ^ a b Sayani, Fateema (2006-09-21). "Rock born of shoe phones, sideburns". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  6. ^ Sayani, Fateema (2007-11-22). "Reverb Syndicate a space oddity: Sputnik A-Go-Go is a timely tribute to the satellite launch". Ottawa Citizen. p. E3. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Peter (2011-09-14). "Reverb Syndicate Play for Punk Gods and Have a New Disc". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  8. ^ Wigney, Allan. "Have Peter Gunn Will Travel". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-28. [dead link]
  9. ^ Crockard, Caitlin (2006-09-22). "Spying On The Reverb Syndicate, Twelve34 And Centretown Wilderness Club". Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  10. ^ a b "Interview". Ottawa Morning. CBC Radio One. 2006-09-21.  Starts at 5m30s
  11. ^ "Interview". All In a Day. CBC Radio One. 2007-11-23. 
  12. ^ Crockard, Caitlin (2007-11-29). "The Reverb Syndicate Debut Spy-In-Space Concept Album". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 

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