The Atlantics were an instrumental quartet from Sidney, Australia that
emerged in the early sixties and produced some of the most dynamic rock
& roll music produced anywhere in the world. The band was influenced
by the famous English combo, the Shadows, the famous US band, the Ventures,
and also by the country twang of Chet Atkins. Within the relatively short
period from 1963-1964, the Atlantics produced many singles, most of which
found distribution on three historic albums (and an eventual ``Greatest
Hits" collection). Swept up in by the surf sound from the US, the
most famous, and biggest, hit by the Atlantics was ``Bombora," a
tune still recorded in the `90s by current surf/instro bands. (according
to Jim Skiathitis : "A Bombora is an Aboriginal word for waves that
are breaking over a submerged rock or reef. They are exremely dangerous
waves for surfers to ride, because of the obvious danger of the rocks."--thanks
to Jim Huber)
The band members consisted of:
* Peter Hood, drums
* Theo Penglis, lead & rhythm guitar
* Bosco Bosanac, bass
* Jim Skiathitis, lead & rhythm guitar
This most notable period of their career was the result of a contract
on Australian CBS records and the assistance of newly arrived producer
Sven Libaek. Interestingly, after 1964, the Atlantics would not produce
another album. They concentrated on highly successful concert appearances
and as a backup band for a string of vocal performers.
The Atlantics never found fame and fortune outside of Australia. The members
eventually became successful busnessmen in and outside the music industry.
Attempts to reform the group met with limited success due to these business
commitments and the hearing problems of the drummer.
BIG NEWS! The new millenium starts with a reunion of the Atlantics, a
new recording, and an official web site: www.theatlantics.com.
Check out the site for info on the new CD (remakes of a few old favorites
and some new tunes....the group does have a new guitarist as Theo Penglis
could not join the group.
Also, the bass player, Bosco Bosanac, runs a record store in Australia
and can be contacted at:
The Vintage Record Cafe, 31a Parramatta Rd., Annandale, N.S.W. 2038
Phone: 2 9365 1424