ALBUM REVIEW: Surf Rock Is Dead – Existential Playboy | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 01.05.20







Shoegaze has taken many twists over the past decade, most noticeably jumping back into vogue early in the 2010’s with the appearance of new ‘gazers (DIIV, Tame Impala) and the re-appearance of old favourites (Ride, My Bloody Valentine). Yet since the early 2010’s hardcore ‘gazers have not only had to endure the tediousness of watching their tribe hop in and out of fashion, but they’ve also had no new act to champion.

Looking to pick up that mantle, the debut from Surf Rock Is Dead takes shoegaze’s love of loud, repurposed, guitar lines and nudges them well into standards of minimalism and arpeggiation; filtering tracks like Diabolik and Miss You with atmospheric textures, strong melodies and dream-like vocals. There are new heroes on the scene. 


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