"His response was that it's really just beat music with surfing lyrics," says Suarez. "But our version of surf music is surf music with beat lyrics."

A subtle twist, but effective. Rather than singing about catching waves, the Vandelles want to make music that hits you like one. And contrary to a lot of sunny adjectives often used to describe the band, not all waves are nice.

THE VANDELLES + EARTHQUAKE PARTY! + THE FOREIGN RESORT | P.A.'s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville | October 7 @ 8:30 pm | $10 | 21+ | 617.776.1557

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