Satan's Pilgrims formed in 1992 during a series of house
parties hosted by the members of the band, and were playing shows in their
hometown of Portland, Oregon by 1993. Twisting their name from the 60's AIP
film "Satan's Sadists" and donning their now familiar matching
outfits complete with vampire capes, they became a real band.
The Pilgrims are one of the most influential surf
instrumental bands around and while much of their sound has a definite Southern
California influence, what sets them apart is the legacy of their Pacific
Northwest rock 'n' roll ancestors: The Ventures, The Wailers, The Sonics and
This, along with three distinct guitarists and a relentless
rhythm section, gives their live set a dazzling variety of dance party sounds
to choose from, while maintaining their patented haunted sound. After years of touring,
taking the band all over the U.S. and Europe (including a now legendary show in
Slovenia), Satan's Pilgrims continued to develop the surf instrumental genre.
November 2000 marked the beginning of a hiatus, as drummer
Ted Pilgrim moved from Portland to Memphis, TN to sweat, get autographs from
all of his Soul and early Rock n' Roll heroes, and eat Bar-B-Q. Meanwhile, 9
Pilgrim offspring were birthed to various members.
After a few years of changing diapers, Musick Records
announced that they wanted to release a retrospective culled from the Pilgrims'
original five albums. With renewed interest in the band sweeping the surf
message boards on the internet, the Pilgrims decided that this occasion
deserved some new material to keep their faithful fans from the 1990s as
satisfied as possible. The band began writing songs again via the internet and
got back together to record four new songs for Plymouth Rock-The Best of Satan's Pilgrims. This double cd not only
features fan favorites, but as a bonus, the second disc contains the new
numbers mixed in with previously unreleased and rare cuts from the Pilgrims'
vault. Even more of a bonus was the fact that guitarist Bobby Pilgrim, who had
amicably dropped out of the band in 1998, was ready to play again, returning
the Pilgrims their trademark 3 guitar sound.
With the release of Plymouth
Rock-The Best of Satan's Pilgrims in December of 2004, it turns out that
the Pilgrims' haunted brand of driving-guitar, dance-party music has endured
into the 21st century. Without a single live appearance by the band since 2000,
this album has gained more critical acclaim and worldwide notice for them than
all of their original releases did during the surf-bombardment of the 1990s.
In 2005, they reunited for the first time in their hometown
of Portland, OR. Since then, they have played shows in Seattle, WA, Memphis,
TN, Asbury Park, NJ, Las Vegas, NV, and Los Angeles, CA. Satan's Pilgrims now
perform as much as their lives and geography allows, check here for updates on
The rest of the world is catching on to what only some knew
ten years ago. That is, if you want a surfy, spooky, garage-stompin' good time,
put on Satan's Pilgrims.