Matthew Beck and Mike Ball tear up a guitar riff at a 2006 Fourth of July Festival at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, Wash. - Photo by Kari Christianson

The Verb

The Verb, a band that describes itself as five well-dressed gentlemen who look both ways before crossing a street, always open the door for a lady, never wear white after Labor Day and share a love for Scarlett Johansson, also play reverb-drenched surf and beach music of the early '60s with a punk edge and a British beat.

The Seattle-based band will perform at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Johnny B's, 35 S. Bartlett St., Medford.

The group released its full-length debut album, "Reverberated ... for your Pleasure," in late June and is touring the West Coast.

Members Eric Cranfield (guitar and trumpet), Jacob Dobner (guitar), Matthew Beck (bass), Jason Aumann (drums) and Mike Ball (guitar and keys) formed The Verb about three years ago.

"There's three of us on guitar, and we're the big surf nuts," Ball says. "We were raised on that sound."

Though surf music is attributed to the baby boomer generation, The Verb's members are in their early 20s, and their fan base is made up of predominantly young listeners. Check out four of the band's original songs on myspace.com/theverb.

"We all bring our individual influences to the band," Ball says. "Matt brings the punk attitude and Jason brings the British beats.

"Eric plays most of the melody, and Mike is essentially the Brian May to Eric's Freddie," Ball adds. "Jake holds it all together and looks serious."

Another big influence is Ennio Morricone and his film scores for spaghetti westerns.

"That whole Clint Eastwood, 'man with no name' trilogy," Ball says. "That's the sound."

This is the second time The Verb has hit the road to tour. The band released an EP, "The Wrath of the Mercenary," in 2005.

"We'd like to sign with a label," Ball says. "We hope to attract some attention to our music on this tour."

Cover to the show at Johnny B's costs $5. Call 773-1900.

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