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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:39 am 
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So, I was hanging out in the American Eagle store of my local mall waiting for my sixteen year old daughter to finish trying on some new clothes last Saturday, when my ear caught a song playing on the stores music service. I really liked what I was hearing so I pulled out my phone and managed to Shazam it just in the nick of time.

The song was called New Day and the name of the band who recorded it was The Surfing Magazines. Very strange name for a band. Not sure where they are from, but I would think California is probably a good guess.

I went on Spotify to see if the album was available to stream or download. Sure enough it was, so I downloaded it when I got home. I can't stop listening to this record. It's the bands debut album and it was just released earlier this month.

I guess you could best characterize the sound as Psychedelic Garage Surfer Music. Really heavy on the retro sound. Almost like if T-Rex had been a surfer rock band. There are also other influences in the music as well with a dash of originality. Lot's of jinggly guitar of the type that wouldn't be out of place on a Surfer movie soundtrack where some toned, muscular, tanned, blonde, Adonis hangs ten on a monster Oahu wave.

There's a real groove to the music though and some darkness courtesy of the bass and crunching guitar lines and some strategically placed Hammond organ and Tenor Sax. Its a contagious mix. I have never fancied myself a fan of surfer music per say but there is just something about this group. The singer, (singers ?) sound like they may be transplanted from across the pond. This record could have easily been made and released back in 1969 or 70.

Standout tracks from the self titled debut include the afore mentioned first single, New Day, the sullen opener Sawdust in My Eyes , Lines and Shawdows and my personal favourite Orange and Blue. There really isn't a weak track on the entire record. If you are a fan of Garage Rock or Psychadelia or Surfer Rock you should check this out. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Postscript: Did a little research and apparently they are from England and are formed from the nucleus of two previous bands, The Wave Pictures and Slow Club.

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They do a great cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane". Check 'em out on Youtube.

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Old Surf music was by The Ventures and The Shadows

Also check out The Jacklords
The Gruesomes
The Chesterfield Kings


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natalie wrote:
Old Surf music was by The Ventures and The Shadows

Also check out The Jacklords
The Gruesomes
The Chesterfield Kings


Well, like I mention in my OP, I'm not really a fan of surf music, not pure surf music anyway. The Surfing Magazines are really a Garage band at their core, they just utilize elements of Surf Music in their songs.

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Good stuff. Thanks.
https://youtu.be/451BKlZxZm4

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Figures; the vinyl (both styles) are sold out..... :cry:


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Figures; the vinyl (both styles) are sold out..... :cry:


Yes, I noticed that as well. There is a domestic source for the vinyl version, well from the US, but it's kind of pricey. Can't remember from what online vendor right now. I will look it up and edit this post.

It's from Discogs.

https://www.discogs.com/The-Surfing-Mag ... e/10799678

Looks like the LP is sold out in Britain but may be available from France or Germany. I wonder if any Canadian retailers might have it?

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I'm enjoying them right now on Spotify. They sound great! Thanks for the heads-up!


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I'm enjoying them right now on Spotify. They sound great! Thanks for the heads-up!

Me too Thanks I like it


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Just go straight to the authentic source .........The Byrds ...........Eight Miles High

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Eight Miles High is surfer music? I don't think so!....


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dcrooks wrote:
Eight Miles High is surfer music? I don't think so!....


Or Garage Rock, or even Psychedelia. I will concede that the Surfing Magazines music contains some of the same elements of the Byrds, but they are a completely different animal. Actually on their Facebook page the band lists Bob Dylan and The Velvet Underground ad their main influences.

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dcrooks wrote:
Eight Miles High is surfer music? I don't think so!....


Hi
Listen to the New Day by Surfing Magazines and compare it the 1966 Eight Miles High by The Byrds. Can you hear a resemblance ? I think I can,especially the intro.
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David P wrote:
I'm enjoying them right now on Spotify. They sound great! Thanks for the heads-up!

Me too Thanks I like it

Me three. Kinda reminds me of the music we played while we were getting buzzed in college.

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gwestwoodnurse wrote:
David P wrote:
I'm enjoying them right now on Spotify. They sound great! Thanks for the heads-up!

Me too Thanks I like it

Me three. Kinda reminds me of the music we played while we were getting buzzed in college.

I was listening to Stone Temple Pilots in college and Alice in Chains. :mrgreen:

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