Sunday, November 27, 2011

Watch us play impromptu on the street in Kensington Market

HeartStrings TV shot us playing a couple songs, check it out at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Lovely Weather" Tonight on ABC's Body of Proof

Sandwiched between Dancing with the Stars and Jimmy Kimmel Live, 10pm 9c... Lots of other great music on the show tonight too...

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Phoenix calles us "Technicolor Noir"

If you were listening to the audio version of this interview, you might find yourself sifting through lots of reverb and the rumble of a passing motorcycle. You might have to strain your ears a little bit. But lucky for us, the words are behaving themselves well enough to give us a clear snapshot of the fast-moving Vandelles, Brooklyn's spookiest "surf" band, which rides into P.A.'s Lounge this Friday.

With only one full-length album (last year's self-released, fuzz-infested Del Black Aloha) and two EPs under their belt (including most recently, the poppier Summer Fling), the Vandelles have a history that goes back further than their catalog and recent SXSW acclaim suggests. Main songwriter/architect "Jasno" Suarez (guitar/vocals) and "Lulu" Lapin (bass/vocals) have logged enough shows in the back-biting New York/Brooklyn rock scene to have earned a little attitude, but fortunately they are still green enough to be as nice as pie. Talking from their publicist's office in New York, they even laugh as they catch themselves forgetting their stage names. No, kids, you're not the Cramps yet.

The Vandelles' name accurately conjures a cross between the downtown smarts of Martha and the Vandellas and the surliness of a B-label early '60s rock-and-roll band. Their roots go back to undergrad years at Rutgers in the early aughts, but by mid-decade, Brooklyn became a logical base for the quartet (drummer Honey Valentine and guitarist Christo Buffam, formerly of Boston's Sanguine Drone, round out the stylish outfit). Suarez was the last to make the transition to the city, reluctant to give up the waves around the New Jersey coastal town of Rumson. Unlike most of the Beach Boys, Suarez actually surfs. And along those waves and during long drives to shows around the New York metro area, a sound was building in his head.

"We are really trying to touch on this oceanic version of surf music that encompasses a larger feel than the beat sound of the early 1960s," says Suarez. By "oceanic" in this context, one might liken the ocean's incessant wash to the heaping shovels of sympathetic white noise evident in groups like Jesus and Mary Chain and Suicide — groups whose influence has no doubt had an impact on the Vandelles' dark, loud, noir-pop sound.

Early on, the Vandelles got a lot of funny looks when they told people they were interested in the primitive early surf of Link Wray and Davie Allan. Although the popularity of Wavves and Best Coast help the Vandelles describe their surf hook a little more easily, the more rocking Vandelles often got lumped into the "psych" genre just because they have a lot of fuzz pedals. "There was nothing else that we fit with," says Lapin. "I think actually being in that [scene] changed the way that we write a little bit and the way that we were going."

Sometimes defining a sound just requires a little bit of reclaiming. Suarez remembers watching a YouTube clip of the Beach Boys being interviewed during one of their first trips to England, when a journalist asked Brian Wilson to describe "surf music."


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

pop montreal this weekend at Cabaret du Mile-end

AGDFA picks us as a must see for Satruday check it out,

Monday, September 12, 2011

download our Cramps and Spacemen 3 covers free

Get tracks four and five from the Summer Fling EP, find the download links in the youtube page descriptions:

download the EP from iTunes

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fashion's Night Out

This thursday we are playing an invite only event at the Hudson Hotel from 5-6pm, RSVP to

Thursday, July 14, 2011

We're in the studio again

After several months of slaving away we finally got into the studio to lay down the next record...check out lulu playing vibraphone for Good Boys Don't Lie...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

MyNXNE makes it easy to find our shows at the festival

if you have an iPhone and you're going to be at the festival this weekend check this out...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rock Edition interviews Christo


The Vandelles are the ultimate post-modern version of surf rock, replete with feedback squalls, killer reverb, and unbounded harmonies. And it’s loud. Alternately catchy and dissonant, their music straddles the line between nihilism and exuberance, and leaves your ears ringing. Often described as noir rock, listening to The Vandelles is like going to the beach on a sunny day to play with knives.

Rock Edition caught up with The Vandelles’ guitarist Christo Buffam right after they got back from SXSW, where they were the talk of the town.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The video for Summer Fling premiers today on Blackbook

get ready for summer, we are!

Monday, March 14, 2011

AOL Spinner has premiered our Summer Fling EP

Listen to the whole EP for free all week, all three singles and the two covers...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

We be shooting a new viddy kiddies

That's Kirk maning the Shark...

I got to join the Pen 15 club, cause I'm cool like that...

Yesterday we had a sleepover and when we woke up our friend Kirk decided to film the girls playing some pranks on us boys, then we went over to a green screen studio and shot some fun surfing shots...this is going to be the best video ever, starring Katrina. Round two on monday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Here 'tis! Hand Screened Summer Fling EPs

After days of toiling and slaving Christo has emerged with a gaggle of beautiful brand new one of a kind hand screened EPs that we will release at SXSW. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MOKB Premiers MY TIME the second single from our Summer Fling EP

MOKB Exclusive : The Vandelles : My Time

Surf/Psych quartet The Vandelles are on a roll. After the release of a well-received self-titled debut EP and tours with The Warlocks and The Black Angels, their full-length debut, Del Black Aloha, earned the band a headlining slot Iceland Airwaves 2010, where, by all accounts, they blew the roof off the place, almost singlehandedly saving that country’s faltering economy.

The Vandelles are currently writing material for a proper follow up toDel Black Aloha, but with a official SXSW showcase on the horizon, the band has elected to offer up the stopgap Summer Fling EP. With its monolithic guitars and a pounding rhythm section, lead single My Time plays like an heavy hazy drug-addled version of California’s foremost idyllic idols (Beach Boys, The Mama And The Papas), with bleeding feedback and unbearable JAMC-esque tension ultimately giving way to resplendent singalong chorus sure to evoke bombpops and banana seats. Put these guys’n gals on your SXSW “must see” list.

MP3 : The Vandelles – My Time

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


February 1, 2011, 10:31 PM

Brand New Track From THE VANDELLES ‘GET AROUND’ To Premiere on ALARM Press Tomorrow
Tomorrow (2/2), ALARM Press will host the World Premiere of GET AROUND, the new single from New York Surf-Psyche outfit THE VANDELLES. The single is from the band’s forthcoming EPSUMMER FLING which will be released to coincide with their 2011 SXSW appearance.

Picture Joey Ramone in his black mop and leather clad glory, only throw a pair of iridium lens sunglasses on him and replace his signature black stovepipes with floral trunks and you’ve more or less summed up the feel of this tune. Cue in the bands distinct sinister surf riffs, pulsating tremelo and the ambient wailing of amps and we get the gritty summer soundtrack we’ve been waiting for to snap the winter chill.

Following on from the fuzzed out surf psychotropia of Del Black Aloha The Vandelles are out to make waves in 2011 and Get Around is just the initial surge.

The Vandelles will be showcasing Get Around and other new material at shows in New York, Philly and Baltimore before heading to this years SXSW and releasing Summer Fling. We would love to invite you to check out the live show, we have guest list spots available for all shows and the band will be available for interviews.

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Tour Dates:
  • Sat Feb 5 - New York @ Piano’s
  • Fri Feb 25 - Philladelphia @ The Tritone w/ Invisible Days and Lux Perpetua
  • Sat Feb 26 - Baltimore @ The Granfalloon w/ Bad Liquor Pond and Invisible Days
Summer Fling Tracklisting:
  1. Get Around
  2. My Time
  3. Summer Fling
  4. Aloha From Hell (The Cramps)
  5. Losing Touch with my Mind ( Spaceman 3)


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Summer Fling Session

@no mystery studios mixing what we've been working songs!