The internet is a magical thing isn’t it? We have the wonders of technology to thank for the formation of Leeds surf-grunge outfit Black Surf. Despite living on different continents, childhood friends Ali Epstone (vocals/guitar) and Phil Jones (lead guitar) were able to use Dropbox and Facetime to put together music between Leeds and Sydney, before being reunited in the UK. Now fleshed out into a quartet with the addition of Tom Ramsden on bass and Mark Forster on drums, Black Surf are releasing their debut single ‘Lights Out’.
Equal parts nostalgic 90’s alt-rock jam and unashamedly bittersweet pop powerhouse, Lights Out has instant anthemic quality. Hook-laden and blazing with fuzzy guitars, the addition of Epstone’s aloof vocal delivery, which builds from a detached croon to a full-on apathetic yowl, makes for an instant fist-pumping classic. Comparisons to Weezer are unavoidable, but Black Surf’s irresistible homage to Cuomo and co. is undeniably an impressive effort in it’s own right.
Words by Linsey Teggert
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