About the Band

Long Way to the Top Tour
Long Way to the Top Tour

The Atlantics seminal surf classic instrumental “Bombora” shot to number one for a record eight weeks in 1963 and charted around the world. Their follow up single “The Crusher” also charted strongly. The Atlantics went on to record seven more singles and four LP”s, all of which are now regarded as classics of the Surf Instrumental Genre. In 2000 Bombora was given the ultimate accolade by being used in the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. After a long break The Atlantics reformed with original members Jim Skiathitis, Peter Hood and Bosco Bosanac along with new guitarist, Martin Cilia and they released four new CDs “Flight Of The Surf Guitar”, “Atlantics – The Next Generation”, “Point Zero” and “Atlantics -The Best Of”.

The Atlantics brilliant performances on tours around Australia with the spectacular “Long Way To The Top” series of concerts and as the support act on the Beach Boys and Chris Isaak shows, resulted in rave reviews for their music and their talents and once again cemented the

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title of “Australia”s Greatest Instrumental Band” ever. A subsequent string of live appearances at Pubs, Clubs, big shows and Festivals, such as the inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Victoria”s Queenscliff Festival, Canberra’s National Folk Festival, Wintersun on the Gold Coast and at a festival in Spain, thrilled original fans and introduced a whole new generation to the driving, infectious guitar sounds of The Atlantics. More recently the The Atlantics featured on the documentary / DVD on surf music “Delightful Rain”, released on the Bombora label, which has screened several times on the ABC.

Think surf rock classics and a few songs come to mind. The Surfari’s Wipeout, Dick Dale’s Miserlou, Pipeline by the Chantays and of course Bombora, by Australia’s own, Atlantics. Virtually the only successful surf instrumental band, not from America.

Echoing the Shadow’s Twangy Atmospheric Instrumental Sound, they were snapped up by CBS Records and became a household name with the release of their Giant Hit Bombora.

cover-1The Atlantics went on to record seven more singles and four LPs for CBS, all of which are now regarded as classics of the Surf Instrumental Genre. They also recorded a string of vocal singles with various recording companies and these songs are now considered as outstanding examples of Pre-Punk Garage Rock.

After a long break from the music scene, original members Jim Skiathitis, Peter Hood and Bosco Bosanac along with new guitarist, Martin Cilia, reformed and set about recapturing the sound that had propelled them to fame so many years before and had lifted them to a legendary status worldwide.

Since reforming The Atlantics have released four excellent new CDs. “Flight Of The Surf Guitar”, ‘Atlantics – The Next Generation”, “Point Zero” and “Atlantics The Best Of”. In 2000 Bombora was given the ultimate accolade by being used in the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It was really a thrill to hear the “all new” Bombora during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games! What could have been better than to see Bondi Life Savers and Australia’s own Kylie Minogue making their entrance to the thundering sounds of Bombora!

Kylie Minogue at the Olympics
Kylie Minogue at the Olympics

Many TV appearances followed on, Studio 22, 10:30 Slot, Denise, Morning Shift, Today, A Long way to The Top and Where are They Now. A string of live appearances at Pubs, Clubs, big shows and Festivals such as, Victoria’s Queenscliff Festival, Canberra’s Folk Festival and “Wintersun” on the Gold Coast, thrilled original fans and introduced a whole new generation to the driving infectious guitar sounds of, The Atlantics.

Their brilliant performances on tours around Australia with the spectacular “Long Way To The Top” Concert and as the support act on the Beach Boys and Chris Isaak Shows, resulted in rave reviews about their music and their talents and once again cemented their title of, Australia’s Greatest Instrumental band, ever.

2 Comments on About the Band

  1. Bombora was the first LP I ever bought back in the early 60’s. I played it over and over and still have it. I just bought the Best of Atlantics collection from the iTunes store so I can use some of the tracks as background music on a home movie. It’s going to brighten up those long boring road trips to see the grandkids. Thanks boys, you were a big part of my early life and it will be great to reconnect with your music.

  2. I’m a 60’s surfer (yes, in those years & my age group now). I still surf on the east coast of the US from Florida where I started to living in South Carolina now. I’ve surfed in Hawaii twice, off the coast of Viet Nam once, but never made it to Australia. Would love to so as to see you folks and shake your hand. Best music ever. EVER!! Thanks for the inspiration to surf on and introduce my grandkids to surfing & your music. Dale

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