Although Surf Rock Is Dead call Brooklyn their home, the duo come from Chicago and Melbourne, Australia. None of those three locations are southern California, but the band's sound distinctly is. "As If" isn't quite The Beach Boys, but there is a dreamy, sun soaked sound to it. It has a strong shoegaze quality, if there was a version of shoegaze you could listen to while hanging out on the beach. The song doesn't sound as lackadaisical as I'm making it sound. While there is a definite laid back quality, there is an energy behind it. Maybe it's the sound of being stuck in a concrete city like Brooklyn and longing for the sun and social scene of a beach community.
You can listen to "As If" below. The new EP from Surf Rock Is Dead, We Have No Friends?, will be out September 22 on The Native Sound. You can pre-order your copy here. For more on Surf Rock Is Dead, check out the band's website.
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