If grunge ever decided to put its flannel down and go take a holiday the sound to expect would be exactly like Black Surf’s new EP ‘Let’s Pretend It’s Summer’. It combines the dark heavy sound this genre is well-known for with sweet pop-like melodies.
The EP kicks off with an almost perfect-for-an-American-teen-movie song called ‘Sink’. It is one big whirlwind of emotions – the beat is uplifting and optimistic, while the lyrics suggest confusion and desperate hope for stability. Even though the track has all these complex layers of meaning the overall message is definitely a positive one. This is somewhat unusual for a genre famous for its overwhelming sadness, intensity and angst. However, new generations need new anthems and this track is great for inspiring anyone to just appreciate the moment.
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The following couple of songs are even more laid-back. ‘Bastard Man’ and ‘Get Up’ are perfect for singing along and excitedly snapping fingers to the tune. They have the vibe of the old-school Weezer sound – guitars are heavy, drums are catchy and the vocals sound like a misunderstood middle class teen.
‘Let’s Pretend It’s Summer’ closes with ‘Baby Blue Washburn’. The track borrows the most commonly used hook in rock genre – an idyllic, innocent verse juxtaposed against amplified and distorted chorus. Additionally, the overall intense drum beat could wake up any coma patient in the near vicinity, which makes it a total blast. It is loud, overly-excited and incredibly fun.
Black Surf have officially proven themselves to be more than capable of producing extremely entertaining and catchy songs without losing their roots in grunge. Such a task is definitely a difficult one, but they do it in style and make this EP a must-listen to any kid, who has grown up in the 90s loving rock music.
‘Let’s Pretend It’s Summer’ is out now via Cowboy Records.
This Black Surf article was written by Neringa Bielskyte, a GIGsoup contributor.