Elbow Beach Surf Club began in the summer of 2006 in the backyard and basement of 127 Grange St. in Guelph, Ontario. This house was the catalyst for a much larger community of musicians and artists now under the Burnt Oak name. Early on the ideas and sounds changed rapidly and the band drew on elements of folk, indie, surf, and post punk noise. As the summer drew to a close the band began playing house shows with a line up consisting of Lindsay Roe, Kevin Barnhorst (of Brides and Hollow Hooves), Kirsten Palm, Dave Bazinet (of TIN and Spy Machine 16), and Brad McInerney. They are often joined by Martin Eckart (of Republic of Safety and Special Purpose) on Saxophone.
After a bunch of chaotic and noisy live experiments, the Surf Club began writing songs for their self titled EP. Their first release consisted of 7 songs and was released in February 2007 on Burnt Oak records. They spent the spring and summer playing packed house shows all over Guelph, Waterloo, and Hamilton.
Only 6 months later the Surf Club released their new 'Billy Club' EP. This new 9 song EP was recorded by the band live off the floor in a boat warehouse on the Eramosa river in Guelph. Their newest release was recorded, produced, and screenprinted by the band and was put out on Burnt Oak records. The new EP incorporates experimental pop elements alongside shifting post punk roots that result in a unique mixture of melodies and cathartic noise. In the coming new year the band is releasing a split 7" single and planning an East Coast tour for the springtime.
Lindsay Roe vocals
Dave Bazinet drums/vocals
Kirsten Palm keys/vocals
Kevin Barnhorst guitar/bass/vocals
Brad McInerney bass/guitar/vocals