Surfbort @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (SXSW)

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Surfbort, an aggressively anti-Trump, self proclaimed “slimy ice-creeem lickin filth rock” band out of Brooklyn, played an early afternoon set today as part of the AdHoc Showcase hosted at longtime Austin venue Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River (formerly on East 6th, RIP). 

Surfbort SXSW

The set was characteristically wild, imbued with raw power and weird magnetism and casual darkness. Lead singer Dani Miller moves violently throughout the duration of each song, thrashing with reckless abandon amidst driving bass lines and shredding guitar.

Lyrics pierce through tides of sound to deliver strangely poignant verses, “Humans are destroying the planet at an alarming rate/It’s not my fault/I won’t kill myself for it,” as drums crash in and engulf the next phrase. After months of shows and touring, Surfbort has a strong presence live, marked by a sense of controlled anarchy. The use of the word “control” is only warranted by the fact that nobody broke a tooth, took a head drive into the crowd, or vomited during the set.

Surfbort released a self-titled album in January on Slope Records, available on 7″ or via download here.

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