“Kudos” – SURF CITY
New York’s Oh My Rockness magazine wrote at the end of 2009 “New Zealand’s Surf City are getting such big buzz that the hype has made its way halfway around the world.” They weren’t alone with these thoughts: Brooklyn Vegan (probably the most influential blog in the US) added that Surf City were “easily one of the most-anticipated bands of CMJ 2009.”
But despite this obvious excitement, Surf City are not just flash in the pan new kids. Formed in Auckland’s Mt Roskill, they’ve been making a racket around the garages and practice rooms since 2004. Locally, it wasn’t long before they were filling the basement bars and urban hang outs with their warm fuzzed up and strummed down frenetic tones. It was a sound pioneered in the early 1980s by New Zealand bands like The Clean and The Bats. But, Surf City were moving the sound forwards into the new millennium.
It wasn’t long before this sound garnered them some tidy gigs. These included support slots withInterpol, Dinosaur Jnr, Battles and MGMT, Big Day Out and Laneway Festival.
In 2007 their debut EP was released on Arch Hill Recordings in New Zealand and Popfrenzy in Australia. A year later, after the EP had travelled in it’s own way around the world, it was released in Europe and the US on Morr Music. Suddenly, Surf City were all over US College Radio. As it turned out, last year Surf City were one of the most played “new acts” on the whole network.
In November 2009 they headed to New York’s CMJ Showcase playing six shows. They shared bills with similarly placed upcoming indie acts such as Best Coast, Surfer Blood, Let’s Wrestle and others. There was a genuine excitement for the band, so in March this year Surf City returned to the US via Australia. In the States they toured both coasts, as well as fitting in seven gigs over just three days at SXSW (including the Popfrenzy SXSW Party).
Between all this touring the band have come up trumps with an amazing debut album. It is called Kudos. The album was recorded over the last year and a half mostly in bedrooms, basements and occasionally the old Arch Hill studios. Mostly it was recorded and mixed by the band themselves.
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