Playlist: New York’s Underground Scene Through the Eyes of Surf Rock is Dead

Originally from Chicago and Melbourne, respectively, Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg of Surf Rock is Dead have since had the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the New York scene. With their fresh approach to surf rock, the duo was praised by Time Out New York as one of the best performances of 2015 at the superb CMJ festival. With a mix of garage, surf, rock, electro-pop, and hip-hop, the band shared his vision of New York’s underground scene with these tracks selected for the release of our new city guide, Indie Guides NYC.

Tracklisting :

1. Little Racer – Dancing
“Love the riff and groove right from the top. So simple yet it just feels so right.”

2. Porches – Be Apart
“Porches have a really cool sound going for them now. The keys tone and the staccato choppy chord rhythm they are playing give this eccentric yet dancey vibe to the track.”

3. Dirty Blondes – Bleach
“Dirty Blondes straight up rock. They strike a really cool balance of sloppy garage rock with nice, memorable melodies.”

4. Surf Rock is Dead – Never Be the Same
“Dream driven surf rock with New Wave undertones, this track encompasses a large part of our repertoire.”

5. Maxo – Plushlined
“Who knows how Maxo does what he does. We saw him perform and he was all over the place. Each bar in this song is different till the last. Super unique dude.”

6. Celestial Shore – Valerie
“Insane musicians. You never know where their songs will go next. “Valerie” is definitely one of their more melodic and digestible pieces with just the right amount of chaos.”

7. The Teenage – Pieces
“There’s a lot of Garage Rock in NYC but these guys always shine through. This track is by far of the best.”

8. Flatbush Zombies – Bounce
“Delivering grimy vocals an a punk attitude in this track, really encompasses this genre in NYC.”

9. Loaf Muzik – The Dungeon
“Really love the old vibe beats on this one. A few young and ambitious New York native making great music.”

10. Gingerlys – Jumprope
“Dreaming in Brooklyn…that is all.”

11. ADESUWA – Firelight
“The silkiness of this track is just so cool, and the loose production is to de for in a world of quantization.”

12. Chargaux – Lullaby
“Really demonstrates the diverse musical melting pot go NYC.”

Discover more alternative and cultural spots in New York City with our city guide Indie Guides NYC.

Photo: CJ Harvey