Island Mele: Secret Spot revives classic sound

Sep. 14, 2015 | 0 Comments


Remember the Surf Punks? Drew Steele and Mark “The Shark” Miller, members of the iconic SoCal surf/punk rock group in the late 1970s and early 1980s, have been Hawaii residents since the 1990s.


Secret Spot (Teajuana Music)

They’re now revisiting their early work and doing some updating of it with this new collection of powerful surf-themed punk.

One of the things that the Surf Punks wrote about was the conflict between the locals, surfers who lived in Malibu and considered the beaches there to be their turf, and the outsiders who came from elsewhere. Steele and Miller now explore the subject of territoriality from new directions. They also entertain with songs that include insults and adolescent sexual humor.

Sci-fi themes are raised with “Water on Mars,” a song that imagines surfing on the Red Planet even though “the water on Mars is scary and red.”

The group also does remakes of two songs from the 1960s — “Summer in the City,” which was a chart-topping hit for the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1966, and “Pushin’ Too Hard” by the Seeds, which barely made the Top 40 nationally but was huge in Hawaii. They put a fresh neo-Surf Punks spin on both of them.

John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at

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