Frankie and the Pool Boys


The Skinny: Frankie and the Pool Boys are an instrumental surf combo and have been together since 2009. They have played hundreds of shows and done two European tours, and tours of Mexico and Japan. They have headlined the Surfer Joe Festival in Livorno, Italy and the Baja Surf Stomp in Mexico. The Pool Boys have four CDs of original material released on Double Crown records, two vinyl singles released on Hi-Tide Recordings. They’ll play quiet in a tiki bars and loud at festivals, but wherever they go, they alway bring big smiles and a good time.

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2018 Surfer Joe festival, Livorno, Italy

Frankie and the Pool Boys have become one of the most respected and well known groups of Surf Music’s “Third Wave.” The band that started as a side project for members of Pollo Del Mar in 2007, continues to create new music and tour. Their most recent release, a 7” vinyl single on Hi-Tide Recordings, recorded by Boss Martian/Sonics guitarist Evan Foster, features “The Stargazers” and “Breathing Your Air.”

La Paz, Mexico

In May of 2021, Double Crown Records released a 27 track anthology album called “The Wet Season,” and in June, Hi-Tide Recordings released a single, “Percolator. ” A video shot during the band’s Mexican tour was created to support “Percolator.”

 The Pool Boys got together in 2007 as an offshoot project of San Francisco’s legendary progressive psychedelic band, Pollo Del Mar. Leader Ferenc Dobronyi wanted to focus on more accessible, 60s flavored dance music. The early membership drew the best players of S.F.’s surf music scene, before solidifying into its current lineup in 2015. Dobronyi remains the band leader and chief songwriter with Jono Jones (Pollo Del Mar) on guitar, Karen Dobronyi (Meshugga Beach Party) on keyboards, with Jeff Turner (Kool Whip, Pollo Del Mar) on bass and Jonathan Rodriguez (The Deadbeats, Combo Tezeta) on drums.

“The Wet Season” is an anthology of the bands’ first three albums, with four new songs added, including their spaghetti-western take on the “Game of Thrones” theme. The album has 27 songs and clocks in at 79+ minutes, with extensive liner notes by surf music historian John Blair and original art by Fred Lammers.

With the “Percolator” digital download, the Pool Boys returned to the Hi-Tide Recordings label, who had previously released the “Ewa on the Beach / Tan Line Fever” 7” single in 2018. In 2016, the listeners of North Sea Surf Radio voted “Ewa on the Beach” the third most popular song in their modern surf category. Frankie and the Pool Boys are rehearsing a new set of original material with a hopeful release date in early 2022.

Spin the Bottle” was the third Pool Boys album released on Double Crown Records; it featured 16 new originals and as a bonus, four vocal versions in a crass attempt to garner radio airplay, which generally only uses instrumentals as bed music for the DJ to talk over. The album was produced by Dusty Watson, drummer for The Sonics, Dick Dale, Agent Orange and so many more. Pipeline Magazine named “Spin the Bottle” their album of the year for 2018. The Spin the Bottle tour took the band to Italy, Germany and up and down both coasts of the USA. (The Wet Season video)

Bottom of the Hill show

Frankie and the Pool Boys started out as a recording project band, with no intentions of playing live. The idea was to get together some of the best surf musicians from around the world, so the first and second albums featured performances by Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Bob Spalding (The Ventures), Shigeo Naka (The Surf Coasters), John Blair (Jon & the Nightriders), Dusty Watson (The Sonics, Dick Dale), Ivan Pongracic (The Space Cossacks, The Madeira), Dave Wronski (Slacktone), David Arnson (Insect Surfers), Danny Snyder (The TomorrowMen), Jonpaul Balak (Tikiyaki Orchestra), Naotaka Seki (The Surf Coasters) and many more.

Notable Festival Appearances

  • Baja Surf Stomp in La Paz Mexico (2019)
  • The Surfer Joe Festival in Livorno Italy (2012, 2018)
  • The Asbury Park Surf Music Festival (2018)
  • The Surf Guitar 101 Convention (2011, 2018)
  • The Rio Nido Surf Music Festival (2014, 16, 18, 19)
  • The International Surf Classic (2017, 2019)
Mexico roof

Notable Headliners

Dick Dale, The Ventures, Southern Culture on the Skids, Messer Chups, Boss Martians

Official Releases and Notable Compilations

  • “Stargazers”/ “Breathing Your Air” - Hi-Tide Recordings, 2023
  • The Wet Season - Double Crown Records, 2023
  • Wave Walk’n - A Tribute to the Surf Raiders - Green Cookie Records, 2021
  • Spin the Bottle - 2018, Double Crown Records, 2018
  • The Adventures of Cap’n Coconuts - Double Crown Records, 2012
  • “Ewa on the Beach / Tan Line Fever” - Hi-Tide, 2018
  • Brave New Surf, compilation - Double Crown, 2011
  • KFOG’s Local Scene, compilation, KFOG Radio, 2010
  • Frankie and the Pool Boys - Double Crown, 2008
  • Seasonal Favorites, Volumes 2-5, Double Crown Records