Name: Vamp

The players: Ray “Quick Limbs” Ramos (drums), Neal McFarland (bass, vocals), Jae Elliott (guitar, lead vocals)

Hometown: Santa Barbara

Sounds like: Rock ’n’ roll psychedelic surf

Kindred spirits: Tom Waits, Mac DeMarco, Nick Cave, M. Ward

What was the first record you ever purchased? INXS’ The Greatest Hits

What was the first concert you ever attended? Lollapalooza 2002

Was there a band/artist that inspired you to start making music? Tom Waits inspired me to pursue music.

What was the last song that made you cry? “You’re the One” by The Black Keys

If we dug through your music collection, what’s the strangest thing we’d find? The World of Harry Partch

If you could write a song with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Dr. John

What’s one song you wish you’d written? “Kiss” by Prince

What’s been your proudest Santa Barbara music-scene moment? Playing a show with a dozen pinup girls downtown.

Favorite album of 2014 (so far): Ty Segall’s Manipulator

Listen now: “Ruby Red”



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