Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Troy Ounce Of The Surf Serpents

Artwork for ‘Singles & B-Sides.’ Photo courtesy of The Surf Serpents Bandcamp page.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Surf’s up.

West Coast instrumental punksters The Surf Serpents just served up a whole lot of new music by way of both a new EP called ‘Vampiress’ and a ‘Singles & B-Sides’ album.

The Music Bugle had the chance to catch up again with guitarist/founding member Troy Ounce about what they’ve been up to lately and more.

Music Bugle – How did you decide the name “The Surf Serpents”?

Troy Ounce – I had released a surf record with my old punk band Raincity Ghouls, but we were never a surf band. I’ve always wanted to start an instrumental surf project, so one afternoon, I just smoked a bunch of weed until I came up with a name.

Music Bugle – What were your goals for your latest release?

Troy Ounce – To just get it out and hope it will get people stoked for Summer!

Music Bugle – How would you describe the West Coast to someone who has never been there before?

Troy Ounce – Beautiful. It’s hard to beat the palm trees and ocean air. It’s very nice most of the year.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?

Troy Ounce – We don’t have to write lyrics! (Laughs) It’s nice to just be able to rock out and not worry about vocals!

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?

Troy Ounce – Depends how you use it! It has always seemed to help us.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Troy Ounce – We been spending more time in the studio than usual. I’d say it has forced us to be more productive, in some weird way.

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?

Troy Ounce – We go to the beach or the skatepark.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do? 

Troy Ounce – “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?

Troy Ounce – Been listening to a lot of Tiki Creeps, The Pukes, Rancid – their old stuff – and Batmobile.

Music Bugle – What do you hope for from the rest of 2021? 

Troy Ounce – That one of us doesn’t get eaten by a shark.

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