Black Surf – Are We Getting Closer?

Screen shot 2015-01-04 at 15.39.04There’s nothing quite like the sensation of a powerful guitar blasting away in your ears. Though plenty have tried to capture a similar effect with other sounds I can’t imagine ever feeling so obsessively in love with guitar bands. This beast from Black Surf sounds like it has been ripped straight from one of the better Tony Hawk games and there’s a semi-surf rock feeling to the track which has all the benefits of Bowling For Soup without ever getting too cheesy.

As a pounding bass drum is left to help guide us into each chorus, the effect when everything returns to the fray is just that bit more impressive than you might be expecting. The bassy grit that drives the middle-8 (or whatever the kids are calling it these days) somehow manages to add even more edge to this spellbinding reminder of why so many teenagers feel the need to pick up a guitar and start a band. I love the way that the backing vocals help frame the chorus as if it were an impressionist painting.

You’re not hearing anything that’s never been done before but sometimes all you want is to hear a familiar sound, presented in a new way. If, like me, you’re in your early twenties, this could make for a pleasant trip down memory lane.

Ciaran Steward

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