I have been waiting for Surf City to play locally for several months. Last time I looked they were somewhere in Europe on tour. However, a message on Facebook from the band let me know that they were coming to town, and I headed down to the Lucha Lounge to see them. The Lucha is a great venue, it’s small and has atmosphere. Good sets from Lizard of Oz and Wilberforces then it was time for Surf City. They seemed a bit rusty but soon got going. A bit more shoegazey and motorik than their last record outing. The crowd kept surging forward, threatening to knock the mikes over, but always a hand appeared to steady the mike as the crowd eased back. Very jolly and I enjoyed the new material. The new album is out about now. See the mix for one track, and the widget below for another…
The Lucha Lounge features pictures of masked Mexican wrestlers. I’m not into wrestling but the pictures are intriguing. El Santo features in the picture above. There is a documentary about him below. It’s MC’ed by a tragically hip Jonathon Ross.
True Widow (and here). Sometimes I wonder whether I should keep up my Emusic subscription. I hear a band I like, head over to Emusic to download the album only to find that the band isn’t there, or the label isn’t available in NZ. Bandcamp is only a click away and there the music is only a few dollars or is free. Emusic came through with this slowcore band (although they term their art stonegaze). Thick sounding guitars chug chug chug in languid jangly style. Excellent.
Siesta on Sunday are from 毛呂山町 so I am guessing that they are Japanese.Their tunes are free here. This song is fab, ultimate shoegaze. Not so enamoured of the tunes when the singer is nearer the top of the mix.