Brooklyn Duo Surf Rock Is Dead Revive Their Namesake Genre With a Twist on New EP: Exclusive

Surf Rock Is Dead
Michael Cooper

Surf Rock Is Dead

Brooklyn-based duo Surf Rock Is Dead is destroying friendships and 60’s-era subgenres just to build them back up on their upcoming EP We Have No Friends? due out Oct. 6 via The Native Sound.

The duo, Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, has built a reputation for tongue-in-cheek commentary and in-jokes -- look no further than their name -- and their latest EP is no exception. The title of the project refers to the limiting effect on a social life of styaing committed to the music grind.

We Have No Friends? is a commentary on the lives we lead,” the band tells Billboard. “New York City can be isolating and all inclusive simultaneously; choosing to jam-out with your band mates rather than making friends is just a small facet of the experience in a world where genuine connections with people are increasingly hard to find.”

The band proves their time experimenting has paid off with a 5-song set that pushes the confines of  genre. Whether it’s the glimmery guitar flourishes of shoegaze on “As If," the post-punk melancholy on “White Sea” or the surf-rock quirkiness in the melody for “Fitting The Mold,” Surf Rock is Dead shows a knack for finding a vibe and building a wall of sound around it with stray elements of various styles.

While the band might have lost a couple friends in the process, they stand to gain quite a few fans with their new EP. The album release show will take place at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Oct. 6 before the duo head out the following week for a tour that kicks off on Oct. 13 in New Brunswick, N.J. Check out the full list of tour dates below.

Stream We Have No Friends? EP exclusively on Billboard below before its release.

Tour dates:
Oct. 6 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (record release show)
Oct. 13 -- New Brunswick, NJ @ The Laundromat at Rutgers University
Oct. 22 -- Washington DC @ DC9*
Oct. 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*
Oct. 25 -- New York, NY @ The Mailroom
Oct. 26 -- Cambridge, MA @ Sonia*
Oct. 28 -- Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge*
Oct. 29 -- Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus*
Oct. 30 -- Toronto, ON @ The Garrison

*= w/ Black Kids