Saturday 2 July 2022

Plays as part of the Saturday programme

Scuzzy punk rock band known for wild live shows

Sometimes the best bands start as a joke. That was the case with Surfbort. Front woman Dani Miller quickly found out that the band had something and that she wanted to do this for the rest of her life.

Now, they are famed for their uninhibited displays of wildfire garage punk and their eagerness to splatter visceral responses to the world’s most terrifying subjects.

Surfbort’s scuff-kneed punk rock have already made fans of Wolf Alice, Amyl and The Sniffers, Lana Del Rey and Blondie (the list is constantly growing!). Dani Miller has also been the unlikely star of a Gucci campaign.

Not bad from a punk rock band from Brooklyn.

They first signed on Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records for their debut album Friendship Music which is full of all the grit and guts that lies at the heart of punk rock. It’s challenging, unpredictable and occasionally uncomfortable. But in a good way, of course!

For their self-released follow-up album, Keep On Truckin’, they hired Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) as a super producer. She held on to the grit and energy but also ensured to bring out the good tunes that band is perfectly capable of writing.

Surfbort’s music – sometimes fuelled by protest, other times coming straight from their bleeding hearts but always packing a smirking punch – is simply irresistible.

No matter what they are raging about, there is an optimistic tone underneath it all and a message to promote love, have fun and push for change. But, of course, also to scream at the moon, be yourself and fuck the government. We should all be a little more punk, and Surfbort makes that seem accessible.