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Boomkat Product Review:
When last we encountered this New Zealand band they were releasing an eponymous EP on Berlin label Morr Music in late 2008. Now the band release a full-length via Fire Records that delivers on the promise set out by that Morr debut. Kudos bears the influence of acts like Jesus And Mary Chain and Spacemen 3 whilst also slotting alongside the reverberant, garage-bound preoccupations of contemporaries like Crystal Stilts. Never short of a killer tune, Surf City have loaded the album up with big choruses and searingly bright guitar hooks - at every turn there's something special to latch onto, from the vintage indie jangle of 'See How The Sun' to mid-album standout 'Teachers'. Beyond all this, clearly Surf City are more than the bubblegum garage-pop band their name and artwork might have you believe: one showcase of the band's true creative scope is 'Icy Lakes', a shoegazing, textural epic that glides through eight propulsive minutes. Along similar lines 'In Times Of Approach' and 'Autumn' hint at more experimental, space-rock sounds on the band's horizon, which in conjunction with their clear melodic prowess bodes very well for Surf City's future.