Surf Rock is Dead
+ Announces debut LP for a spring 2020 release
Photo Credit: Shamshawan Scott

"Offers indie rock with tinges of everything from Vampire Weekend to Mac Demarco." - Wonderland 
"Culminating in a soaring chorus over swelling guitars."​​​​​​ - PASTE
“Modern surf music that makes you feel the need for the track on repeat.” - Billboard
“A strange contradiction that leaves you pressing play...over and over again.” - NYLON
"Their bleached grooves can conjure a baking beach in the middle of a frigid winter.- NOISEY
"At its core, this is modern surf music, but there's nothing frothy about it." - Under The Radar
“A heavenly confection." - CLASH
"Jangling, ethereal sound." - V Magazine

Brooklyn-based dream-pop duo Surf Rock is Dead (SRiD for short) perform in the sonic framework of 80s post-punk rhythms and shimmery reverbs. Originally hailing from Melbourne and Chicago respectively, SRiD is comprised of the creative trust between Joel Witenberg and Kevin Pariso. With a resonance akin to artists like My Bloody Valentine, DIIV, and Day Wave, SRiD's soundscape is immersed between a lucid dream state of wake and sleep—a curious condition of wonderment and enlightenment.

Today the band shares “Our Time,” a billowy track whirling through surf-gaze inflections, taut drums, and calming vocals. The dream-like single features lithe guitars and shoegaze-y bass lines making it a sonic voyage for one to seek desired relief. The lyrics “Oh I feel it in my bones / Can’t make it on my own / The fear within / Comes through again” capture a time where fear seizes your best, but looking for truth can only begin within. “Our Time” follows the release of their first single "Away Message" and its music video released earlier this month. Both tracks serve as a taste of what’s to come for the band’s debut LP in the spring of 2020.

The band speaks of this about “Our Time”:

"The song just spilled out after some catchy guitar noodling turned into what would become the verse bits.  Lyrically, 'Our Time' is about the uncertain feeling of chasing after a passion, and the nighttime being the only liberating time to do so.”​​​​​​​

Written in the wake of two deeply tumultuous relationships and the sudden loss of a best friend, the forthcoming LP is a blueprint of where Joel Witenberg and Kevin Pariso were, where they are, and where they want to be. It’s about facing death head on while standing in the corner of a party wondering what the point of being at the party at all is.


11/4 @ Union Stage - Philadelphia, PA (supporting Pete Yorn)
11/9 @ Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY (supporting Pete Yorn)
11/16 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY (co-headline w/ No Vacation)

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