The Liberty Lads

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Funny how the most unlikely elements sometimes gel into a startlingly coherent whole. Using Dick Dale-inspired surf-rock as their springboard, California's Liberty Lads paddled out into the early waves…
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Funny how the most unlikely elements sometimes gel into a startlingly coherent whole. Using Dick Dale-inspired surf-rock as their springboard, California's Liberty Lads paddled out into the early waves of psychedelia warbling. The resulting masterpiece, "Too Much Loving" (Dixon 111), was cut at Sacramento media personality's Bill Rase's studio in 1965. Happily, this rarer-than-hen's-teeth recording was included on the various artists compilation, Nuggets From The Golden State - The Sound Of Young Sacramento (Big Beat CDWIKD 195). While defining the Liberty Lads' musical style, Nuggets compiler Alec Palao coined the phrase mutant surf -- a term as apt as any. Certainly, the genre had few other practitioners. Hailing from Dixon and Liberty Farms, CA, the group featured George Tomelloso (lead guitar and singer/songwriter), Andy Arguello (guitar), Mike Mendoza (guitar), Eddie Williams (bass), and John Lujan (drums). By 1966, Williams had defected to the Tears, whose 45 "Weatherman" b/w "Read All About It" (Scorpio 409) appears on the various artists compilation, Nuggets From The Golden State - The Scorpio Records Story (Big Beat CDWIKD 129).