‘Los Venturas’ started out in 1998 as ‘Harley and The Revtones’. Playing mostly 60s double-picked instro-tunes they aimed to conquer the Belgian surf scene. The same month they did their first gig, 2 demo-tracks were recorded under the supervising eye of John Blair (!). Sadly these tracks have never been released on CD or vinyl.
By the end of 1999 Los Venturas was formed after a bassist-switch and a change of name, as ‘Harley and The Revtones’ would wrongly be associated with the motorcycle-brand. The new name had to sound fresh, warm, ad-venturous and exotic.
Meanwhile they had found their own sound and started making own compositions. In 2001 they released their first 4-track vinyl-only EP ‘Sharkfest’. A classic in neo-surf.
For their full-album ‘Aloha Summer’, Los Venturas wanted to reach that classic 60s surf-sound. In early 2003 they went on a trip to London to record in Liam Watson’s famous Toe Rag Studio.
Thanks to the brilliant songwriting skills of Thomas Molineaux, Aloha Summer had a strong follower, ‘Surfers Brew’ (2006), an album that mixes ska, surf and a touch of reggae. Mention that all band-members were composing for this album which explains the diversity in styles…
Today they provide a mix of surf, ska, funk, rock-steady, soul, groove, reggae, rai and indierock. The 4-track EP ‘Besame Mucho’ (2007) is the best example of what an instrumental band is capable of… with groovy hot tracks like Theme from P.O.R.N., Met de Vespa op de baan and Rai Uno… they will easily blow your mind.
Touring in Italy, England, Switzerland, Holland, Luxemburg, Germany, France, Austria, Greece, the Czech Republic … they sure have marked their spot in the European instrumental scene. Los Venturas have shared the stage with The Surfaris, The Trashmen, Slacktone, Jon and The Nightriders, Leighton Koizumi (The Morlocks), De Heideroosjes, Bee Dee Kay and The Roller Coaster and many many more.
Currently they’ve finished the recordings of a new full LP in Pete Curry’s ‘Powow Fun Room’, Los Angeles. The LP will contain 8 originals and 3 covers and is called ‘Kaleydoskop’, referring to the variety of styles and sounds in the songs.
released April 15, 2011
“The band presents a whopping fourteen instrumentals on Kaleydoskop, with thirteen of them being unique compositions and one truly inventive rendition of a well-known tune that hasn't been considered all too often in recent times, let alone during the sunset phase of vintage Exotica, but shines in polished colors: the theme of Lawrence Of Arabia! And this won't be the only signature tune, I swear! Expect catchy riffs, occasional field recordings, Tiki jungles, fulminant drums, enough room for improvisations and less so for improvements.” Björn Werkmann – AmbientExotica
“It’s shagadelic, baby!” Frantic Franky – Boppin’ Around
“Belgian guitar band Los Venturas recorded this set at the Powow Fun Room in Los Angeles with Pete Curry producing, Ron Dziubla guesting on some subtle sax and organ, and Dave Wronski contributing a few “tips and tricks”. Regular readers will gather from this information that Los Venturas are a class act and they will expect a top notch outcome. They won’t be disappointed. This is an excellent album, it has a beautifully clear sound with excellent production that’s matched by a superb vinyl pressing.” Alan Taylor – Pipeline Magazine