We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This is the forthcoming album from New Zealand quartet SURF CITY. The track "NYC" tells of singer Davin Stoddard's short time living in New York and captures a haze of broken connections, isolation in the belly of the city. The song was premiered on Consequence of Sound who said "In one track, Surf City captures both the sizeless wonder of the Big Apple and the potentially disenchanting nature of that magnitude."
Continuing their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like Thisdraws from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the loopy noise of Animal Collective. This time round the songwriting is stronger, the tunes are hookier and the sound is even more lush.
Surf City were initially formed by Davin Stoddard and Josh Kennedy with Josh's brother Jamie on bass and Logan Collins on drums. Their debut album Kudos was released 2010 and after touring the US and NZ/Australia they took a brief hiatus while Davin went traveling and moved to New York, and Josh left the band to become a father.
Recorded in snippets from different corners of the world - New Zealand, New York and South Korea - this is their second album to be released via London label Fire Records.
We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This is in some ways a massive progression from Kudos, with richer context, deeper lyrics and a melancholy undertow. Musically, the band have developed their signature reverb-heavy fuzz rock in to something more gutsy but whilst retaining a keen ear for melody to create some unforgettable tunes.
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