The noise across the debut from this New Zealand group is, strangely, comforting.
Surf City sounds like it sounds. Assembled out of the punk pasts of two young New Zealanders, this debut Surf City EP is six songs of this-is-us. More straight-out surf rock than the rest of the noise-pop scene, Surf City buries Beach Boys in haze, sets it over chugging guitars. Though it’s mainly intended as an introduction-to-sound, Surf City EP is faceted enough to contain promise -- check the charming, high guitars of “Mt. Kill”, or the more relaxed “Dickshakers Union”, with its quickly-lost shard of melody. The only misstep’s the finale, a straighter rock number whose forthright vocal track and cleaner guitar sound drains the group’s natural low-fi charm. They don’t quite have the polish and refinement of the noise-pop acts that made it big this year -- No Age, Abe Vigoda, Titus Andronicus, Times New Viking. But if they choose a certain (not-the-easy-) path, Surf City could soon be among them.