I've been, personally, mulling over something recently: what's the most creative Punk/Hardcore band name? I've since come to the conclusion that it's either The Mr. T Experience (MTX,) The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (TTDTE,) or Franks & Deans. MTX is American Punk Rock/Pop-Punk band formed in 1985 in Berkeley, California, while TTDTE is a now-defunct American Mathcore/Grindcore band from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Las Vegas, Nevada's Franks & Deans—a homage to Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, of course—have deemed themselves the "world's first Rock "N" Roll Rat Pack band tributing Sinatra and his boys of The Rat Pack." Franks & Deans are currently signed to SquidHat Records and consists of Robert "Rob" DeTie on vocals/4-string, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer on drums/backing vocals, Jordan "HOSS" Hoss on guitar/vocals, Ryan "Sampson" Sampson on guitar/vocals, Nickole "Muse" Muse providing "visuals/innuendos." Rob DeTie has previously spent time playing with The Happy Campers & Betting On Tomorrow and HOSS has toured with The Reverend Horton Heat, as well as his own band, Switch Hitter. Franks & Deans have released two albums with SquidHat, 2015's How Did You All Get In My Room? and 2017's The Best You're Gonna Feel All Day, fully displaying their trademark Rat Pack/Punk Rock stylings.
Franks & Deans have covered everyone from Frank "Ol' Blue Eyes" Sinatra himself to Louis Prima/David Lee Roth and now, they've decided to flip the scrip a bit with their schtick: Franks & Deans' upcoming third album, Surfin' Turf will feature, according to HOSS, "Punk Rock songs made [into] Instrumental Surf tunes, while sneaking in a few classic Surf Rock melodies!" Our first teaser from Surfin' Turf finds Franks & Deans effortlessly flippin' Dead Kennedys' then-controversial 1981 non-album single for Cherry Red Records, "Too Drunk to F#@k" into a Beach Boys-reminiscent ditty riffing on guitarist East Bay Ray's original Surf/Garage Rock-indebted riffs. HOSS explained, via emailed transmission, that Surfin' Turf will, also, feature Punk/Surf Rock versions of smash hits and deep cuts from the likes of Bad Religion, Green Day, Lagwagon, NOFX, The Ramones, Rancid, Screeching Weasels, Teenage Bottlerocket, and... Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass! Franks & Deans recorded Surfin' Turf with Garage/Surf Rock & Rockabilly guru Deke Dickerson, who, HOSS explains, even makes an unspecified cameo on the record, as well. Franks & Deans' Surfin' Turf will be released digitally on SquidHat Records on Friday, July 12, 2019.