“We’ve recorded all our music in our living room. At one end of our block is the ocean, and at the other end is a clear view of the city skyline.” —Miller
97-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
“It’s our favorite restaurant in the world,” says Miller of the gourmet pizzeria that offers creations like the housemade sausage- and littleneck clam-topped salsiccia e vongole ($15; far left). “We spent our entire [label] advance here,” jokes Miller, who stops in multiple times a day.
“Whit, [the owner], is a badass and lives down our street.” Just don’t ask him for slices (the eatery only offers full pies), nor anything healthy: According to the menu, “everything we touch has gluten on it.”
Like the band, store owner Abra Boero hopped on the A train in 2015 and never looked back. “She sells lots of locally made, beautiful products,” says Miller. “Our boy Paul Schmidt, a local surfboard shaper that has made boards for us, stocks some of his killer shapes here, too.”
Off Season Rockaway
Miller and Harwood were washing dishes in Manhattan when they first went out to the Rockaways to surf in 2014. “We loved it,” recalls Miller. “We walked in [to what is now our bungalow] and knew it was where we were going to make the album. It was over after that.”
Located directly beneath the subway tracks, the rustic space is all about promoting a love of surfing. “It’s a staple here, and nice to have places that are open in the winter,” says Miller. “You can keep your surfboard here, too, if you’re coming from the city.” The guys recommend the fish tacos ($3 each), and chorizo and tofu options are offered as well.