Let Surf music begin...The Gestures began in the basement of Phi Kappa Sigma back in the winter of 1982. The first spark was ignited when Eric “Scooter” Christofferson and Dave Dysart began jamming and harmonizing in the stairwell and Scooter convinced Dave that they should form a band. Concentrating initially (and oddly) on Surf music, the group cut their teeth playing parties on Greek Row at the University of Washington. A friend, Brian the matchmaker, introduced the boys to Kenton “Snake” Caldwell, and his big bad bass has held down their rhythm section ever since. The original keyboard player and drummer left during that first year to concentrate on getting through college and were replaced by Andy Fortier (former Vains and Dean’s drummer) and the talented, but still in High School, Dana Lombard on keys. Andy gave them some punk rock cred (or at least energy), which helped toughen their sound, and the group started getting gigs all over the Northwest. They played all of the big area clubs of the day (Astor Park, The Hall of Fame, and The Central) with Seattle scene alums like The Allies, The Heats, and The Cowboys. A highlight from this early phase was an appearance at an on campus street dance in front of 2000 fans. In 1984 they took time out from their busy performing schedule to record some original music with producer Dave Kincaid (Allies and later The Brandos). These recordings, now available for the first time, showcase the group’s tight harmonies, clever guitar and keyboard work and solid rhythm section.