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SURF CITY

WE KNEW IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE LIKE (FIRE RECORDS)

SURF CITY - WE KNEW IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE LIKE 63254
format:
1 CD
release:
23.08.2013
label:
FIRE RECORDS
item ID:
63254
barcode:
0809236129628
New Zealand band SURF CITY's forthcoming album continues their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers THE CLEAN & THE CHILLS, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN and the loopy noise of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE.

This time round the songwriting is stronger, the tunes are hookier and the sound is even more lush.

Recorded in snippets around the world, this is their second to be released via Fire Records.

Arch Hill put out their debut album "Kudos" domestically in 2010, before it was released worldwide by Fire .

The album enjoyed plaudits from the likes of Stereogum, who praised their "impressively assured sound" and "perfect 2-minute pop storm." Pitchfork noted that "their punky psychedelic pop is impressive" and admitted "Surf City's pleasure for pleasure's sake approach already has me pining for more." The band toured the US and NZ/Australia before taking a brief hiatus until Davin moved to New York, where he found a basement studio in Chinatown and began to work on the new album.

He soon realized that the Big Apple wasn't really for him (revealed in the song "NYC").

He returned to New Zealand and continued recording. He soon found himself in South Korea and far removed from everyone he knew.

Filling so many of his late nights and early mornings with recording additional vocals and guitar parts in his apartment, the paper-thin walls would eventually cause the neighbours who lived upstairs to move out.

During this time Davin was listening to a lot of BOB DYLAN, SCOTT WALKER & LEONARD COHEN, who all coloured the lyrical style that appears on the album.

In many ways it's a sad record, reflecting the loneliness and introspection that can occur whilst traveling and spending a vast amount of time alone on buses or trains or in airports with these legendary songwriters on repeat.

Musically, SURF CITY have developed their signature reverb-heavy fuzz rock in to something more gutsy whilst retaining a keen ear for melody to create some unforgettable tunes.