I first stumbled across New Zealand's surf city a couple of years ago when they released a great little self-titled EP that mostly flew under the radar. I knew they were working on an album, so every so often I would check in to see if they had made any progress but never heard anything until earlier this month. As it turns out, the kiwi four piece with the Jesus and Mary Chain inspired name have signed with Fire Records to release their debut album 'Kudos' in November. Here is a handy little description from the label:
"Updating the psych haze of the Spacemen with the circular drone of Animal Collective and the off kilter melodies of The Clean with the drive of Interpol, Surf City is the perfect mix of everything you loved about the early 80’s New Zealand jangle and the 60’s blur of Velvets and Zombies with the shapeshifting songwriting of today."What that fails to mention is Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, which is an obvious reference point for me, as I can't get past how similar their sound is. Surf City definitely take their pop songs down an alternate, drone-heavy path, but I think that any fan of the infectious repetition that CYHSY employed will also enjoy our friends from New Zealand. Kudos is the type of album that you can listen to from start to finish without ever skipping a track, which is all too rare a feat.