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Surf Rock is Dead is the next big indie duo to come out of Brooklyn. This group is the product of two driven musicians from different parts of the world converging on New York City to make their mark on the vast world of indie rock. From Chicago and Melbourne, Australia respectively, Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg have created the positively melodramatic sound that we all need in our lives with Surf Rock is Dead.
Their latest single, ‘As If,’ is a fun preview of their second EP We Have No Friends. The upcoming EP’s name, the guys explain, is making light of the sometimes tough but necessary sacrifices one has to make as a musician. Both Joel and Kevin write, produce, and master all of their music, and that goes hand-in-hand with long hours in in the studio.
Both Joel and Kevin are not natives to the churning craziness that is day-to-day life in New York City, and that “being in limbo” state is reflected in Surf Rock’s music and lyrics. ‘As If’ is a great example of this. For starters, dating in New York City is like throwing yourself into a marathon without having trained a single day. It’s long, arduous, and can be downright frustrating. Drawing from their own experiences, Joel and Kevin explain that ‘As If’ is a song about being with somebody who you think is a really great person, but you need distance because you’re simply not in love anymore.
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What makes Surf Rock Stand out amongst up-and-coming indie acts is the fact that they strive to not create a certain vibe or feeling just to please others. It’s coming from a personal place in which they don’t hold anything back.
Staying true to their identity as a band has paid off. Not only does Surf Rock have their We Have No Friends EP coming out Sept. 22, but they will be playing the second day of the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in Long Island, NY at the Jones Beach Theater. It will be their biggest festival show to date.
Keep up with Surf Rock is Dead and learn more about the band on their official website.
Adrian is a student at Boston University studying journalism with a concentration in broadcast journalism. He enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and hosting/producing shows for his campus radio and TV station. He is passionate about covering unique people and stories and hopes to be an on-air personality in the future.