ONE WE MISSED: Surf City; We Knew It Was Not Going to be Like This (Arch Hill)

 |   |  <1 min read

Surf City: Song From a Short Lived TV Series
ONE WE MISSED: Surf City; We Knew It Was Not Going to be Like This (Arch Hill)

Because Elsewhere is a one-man outfit, "we" can't be everywhere at once -- and sometimes we are very elsewhere as you may see here -- so every now and again there will be slightly apologetic postings under the banner . . . One We Missed.

And given we thoroughly enjoyed the 2010 album by this Auckland band Kudos (see here) we do need to bring this album by Surf City to attention of Elsewhere readers.

If, for no other reason, that it steps past those Flying Nun references we made about that last review, and rather moves towards a band really finding its own voice in fizzy'n'fuzzy pop songs.

Yep, their ethos is still in that period we mentioned, but on this enjoyable album the parameters audibly shift (as the musicianship improves?) and we find them in more assured territory of their own making.

It hits some similar rolling grooves as their ancestors (The Clean obviously, a bit of Snapper too) but you sense the downbeat/upbeat pop-rock psych-ambience here is quite a leap forward.

And that from a band which was already very confident, despite those references and genuflections.

Yep, this is one we missed.

More fool us.

Check it out. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Hellsongs: Minor Misdemeanors (Lovely/Yellow Eye)

Hellsongs: Minor Misdemeanors (Lovely/Yellow Eye)

This outing follows a similar path to the previous Hellsongs album Hymns in the Key of 666 where metal songs were delivered in a quiet, almost pastoral manner or inna lounge style. A rather... > Read more

Justin Townes Earle: Midnight at the Movies (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Justin Townes Earle: Midnight at the Movies (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Being the son of Steve Earle and named for Townes Van Zant might seem a burden to many (just how many step-mothers do you have? wasn't Townes a troubled man?) but it seems to rest easy enough with... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE STORY OF THE SEMER LABEL (2016): The fall and rise of the house of Hirsch

THE STORY OF THE SEMER LABEL (2016): The fall and rise of the house of Hirsch

Tragically, it seems, the appalling lessons humanity should have learned from the Nazi era have been forgotten – or worse, not even known – by far too many people today. While... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MURRAY VAILE catches up with expat singer-songwriter Bannerman in Berlin

GUEST WRITER MURRAY VAILE catches up with expat singer-songwriter Bannerman in Berlin

Last year I was fortunate to catch Bannerman playing in support of Tiny Ruins and doubly fortunate to catch them again in Berlin this year, headlining their own show. I thought they offered a... > Read more