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Top 10 Modern Surf Rock Bands | Best Surf Music Bands


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The best surf rock bands of the moment

Soon after the invention of rock ‘n’ roll, artists began to create their own styles of rock, including high reverb surf rock, made most popular by Dick Dale and later the Beach Boys.

While The Beach Boys are one of the most well-known surf bands, here are 10 modern surf rock bands that prove this brand of rock is still alive and well.

1. * repeat repeat

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keep things light and dynamic with their use of upbeat keys and tempos. The duo mixes contemporary pop and heavy chords to form a unique sound, reorganizing the surf genre and making it their own.

2. Sad girl

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Drenched in reverberation, SadGirl takes elements of early 1950s rock ‘n’ roll and mixes them with a slight ’60s swing influence. The band also takes notes from an assortment of artists such as the precocious rocker. Buddy Holly at glam rock David Bowie. All of this together creates a sound like no other, recalling the past while staying true to the latest musical trends.

3. Watch baby

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Babewatch is full of energy and just plain fun. Soft vocals and classic surf riffs are enough to get anyone dancing on the beach or even soaking up the sun on the sand.

4. Fears

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Like any genre of music, there are a lot of subgenres that go with it. The fears are definitely more punk, because the band perfectly combines garage rock and surfing. Although quite heavy, the guitars and drums never get overwhelming and the vocals are as smooth as ice.

5. La Luz

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Using mellow riffs and delicate drums, La Luz retains the integrity of an early surf-rock sound, but with an added edge. All members are singers of the all-female group, which allows for multi-part harmonies that will suit you perfectly. These vocals paired with guitar reverb and soft basslines give a sharper sound, giving it a dark touch.

6. The cultivators

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Automatically called “beach goth”, the Growlers combine pop with rough melodies and fast tempos. The doo-wop style vocals give a light feel to the tracks, which is balanced by dark lyrical undertones.

7. Dead Coast

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You don’t have to live on the west coast to produce good surf-rock sound. Hailing from the UK, Dead Coast drew inspiration from jazz, blues and, of course, surfing to produce music that is unique to its genre. The group includes just a touch of psychedelia, taking the listener on a journey to another world, engulfed in bright colors.

8. Curse of surfing

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Comprised of drummer / vocalist Nick Rattigan and guitarist / vocalist Jacob Rubeck, Surf Curse produces lo-fi and sandy tunes suitable for deep relaxation on the coast. The duo keeps it simple and raw, letting the music speak for itself as listeners are captured in a sense of ’60s nostalgia with the punk guitar playing in the background.

9. Peach core

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Bringing together bubblegum pop and sunny vibes, Peach Pit has put “rock” in surf rock. The Canadian quartet have been together since 2016, and released their debut album (and so far the only one), Being So Normal, two years later. Dreamy vocals and complex riffs give this band a rock feel, but the surf feel is still there like a slight pinch on the edge.

10. FUR

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Showcasing a more alternative feel to the table, FUR will take you back to the ’60s. Whether you see them in real life dressed in vintage clothing or listen to their latest eponymous EP from the comfort of your bed, the soft strings of their guitars will ring in your ears accompanied by a sweet and syrupy voice.

Have we missed your favorite rock surfer bands?

Thanks to these modern surf rock bands, the genre is still very much alive, well and surfing the airwaves today. Which surf-rock bands do you like to jam with? Let us know in the comments below!


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