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You almost have to love a group cofounded by a member who played in a pop-punk band called P.S. Eliot (that someone being Allison Crutchfield, who was in P.S. Eliot with her Waxahatchee sister Kate Crutchfield). Between that charming factoid and the band’s immediately familiar brand of scrappy ‘80s and ‘90s college rock, the falling in love is swift. The most salient reference points on Surfing Strange are The Pixies, The Breeders, Superchunk, and Imperial Teen. Whether this Brooklyn quartet have yet to figure out how better to filter their influences or whether they just freakishly share vocal tones and postpunk structural sensibilities with their forbearers is unclear. If you can let go of that conundrum, Surfing Strange is as grand a collection of muscular indie rock as the band's self-titled 2012 debut. The warped and scraping guitars on the opening “Dust in the Gold Sack” have a great, visceral punch, and the towering, fuzz-crusted “Melanoma” and rumpled, sweet “Loretta’s Flowers” are heartbreakingly lovely in quite different ways. “Glare of the Sun” has a touch of ‘70s psych fever, and “Young” is endlessly charming, sounding indeed like a doe-eyed Bratmobile (circa 1993).

Customer Reviews

Dust in the Gold Sack

This song makes me think of Cali.

What an album

Solid album from a solid band. One of the best.


Formed: 2011 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Shortly after the dissolution of their twee punk band P.S. Elliot in 2011, singer/guitarists Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride moved to Brooklyn and quickly started up a new project, Swearin'. Allison had been in bands since her elementary school days with sister Katie Crutchfield, who started the introspective solo project Waxahatchee after P.S. Elliot's breakup. Recruiting bassist Keith Spencer and drummer Jeff Bolt, Swearin' kept the fuzzy energy of mid-'90s indie rock bands as diverse as...
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