EP Release: 'Let’s Pretend It’s Summer' by Black Surf
Release date: 26 August
Label: Cowboy Records
More info: Band Soundcloud
Black Surf have an unusual backstory having formed in 2014 through the wonders of FaceTime and Dropbox. The fruits of their exchanges between Leeds, UK and Sydney, Australia have come to form their debut EP 'Let’s Pretend It’s Summer', recorded at Greenmount Studios (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Vaccines).
Not much longer than 10 minutes in its entirety, Black Surf specialise in the kind of fuzzed-up, adrenaline-shot indie-rock that’s straight to the point and doesn’t outstay its welcome. The reckless pace of opening track Sink’s synth-flecked bubblegum buzz is matched only by its enthusiasm and wild abandon. Bastard Man floats Pinkerton-era Weezer tones complete with its own narcissist complex, as vocalist Ali Epstone sings “I think I’m falling for you / I think I’m falling for me more.” before the amped-up motivational sermon of Get Up implores you to, well, Get Up / Get Out / Get Over.” EP Closer Baby Blue Washburn offers a moment of respite ahead of – what else – a huge chorus. Long Live Black Surf.
Press reaction to date
“Oooh Weee Oooh they sound just like something brilliant.” - Rock Sound
“waves of outwardly catchy choruses and sun blistered chords.” - The 405
“…imbued with a far, weary, Weezer-iness that we just can’t stop huffing.” - Total Guitar
“Black Surf have a gift for thumping great melody that clearly threatens to propel them far beyond Yorkshire's shapely borders” - Classic Rock
“Keep a look out for more tracks from these guys in the coming months. We have a feeling you'll be hearing their name a lot.” - Pure Volume