The Surfing Magazines, a new garage-rock group consisting of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club, have shared ‘Lines and Shadows’ – the first song to be taken from their self-titled album, due for release on Moshi Moshi on 1st September.
Consisting of David Tattersall and Franic Rozycki of The Wave Pictures, Charles Watson of Slow Club and drummer Dominic Brider, the band have also announced several festival appearances, including End of the Road Festival this summer, with more dates to be added soon.
The full track listing for The Surfing Magazines is as follows:
1. Sawdust In My Eyes
2. Voices Carry Through the Mist
3. Peeping Dom
5. New Day
6. One of These Days
7. Goose Feather Bed
8. A Fran Escaped
9. Orange and Blue
10. Line and Shadows
11. You Could Never Come To Me Too Soon
Not content with their already ferocious work rate, with three album releases in 2016 alone and over twenty in total between them; members of The Wave Pictures and Slow Club’s 11-track debut as Surfing Magazines is an intriguing and exciting mishmash of musical styles – soundtrack surf, weird pop and Americana.
Speaking on ‘Lines and Shadows’, the first track revealed from the record, the band incorporate a quote from writer Dashiel Hammett whilst speaking on the track:
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two [Hammett]. This is definitely the type of song that puts two and two together and gets twenty-two.”
Pulling in influence from all of the great surf music of the 60s and the band’s musical inspirations of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed, the band are professedly ‘at war’ with today’s pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires and bongo pop demigods. They intend to ‘rock out and blow your mind, and then mellow out and soothe your mind, then rock out again’.