This post began as one thing and ended up somewhere different. Like Gypsy guitarists seeking Duende, surf guitarists chase "the drip". This cavernous percussive sound is a defining element of surf. It takes a combination of technique and the right equipment to get this sound. A good drip really sounds like drops of water falling in a cave. It's most excellent, Bill & Ted!
It's hard to find a band with a better drip sound than The Astronauts, the classic surf band from Boulder, Colorado. Their song "Surf Party" is a winner in all categories. Looking for a YouTube link, I found other bands I like playing the same song and well... You gotta hear 'em!
The Astronauts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHVJaVHvGU8
Hear that heavy guitar with the "poing poing poing" sound? That's the drip!
The Archers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeUKA9KC1vI
The energy this band generates could power a small city.
Surf guitarists (myself included) admire Dave Wronsky, and let's admire his band too.
El Sindicato Del Surf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KtzngjLQ6c
A rockin' quarantine video with a really slick arrangement.
And so boys and girls, what did we learn?
That Surf Party by The Astronauts is XLNT!