Mississippi Alt-Rockers Surfwax Debut With Hectic EP
Somewhere in Jackson, MS, there’s a group of badass rockers spinning their angst into high-powered alt-rock anthems. They’re called Surfwax and they just released their debut EP, Milkcaps — offered up for free on their website.
Last year, Surfwax stunned us with “Sonder (Feels So Great To Be Alone),” their dark, dizzying single. Now, they’ve seem to have spiraled deeper into even darker territory with Milkcaps. In just fifteen minutes, the guys of Surfwax design a world of shadows, thick with the grit and grime of their raging rock skill.
Milkcaps opens with “Seattle,” kicked off by the thump of bass and unrelenting smash of percussion. There’s a power and an urgency here thrumming quietly before the arrangement quickly explodes into a burst of technical prowess. The vocals fumble clumsily over the searing rock rhythms, each element in the track at war with each other for top volume and top attention. There’s yelling and wailing and a whole lot of rocking, but later, the piece ends with a folksy singalong on acoustic, almost eerie in its utter contrast. On “Astroalien,” Sufwax retain their thick rock talent but merge it with otherworldly elements for a psychedelic foray into atmospheric alternative efforts. It’s a punchy, powerful track that swirls rather than smashes, so it’s a more contained side of the band’s angry angst that spills out of them in spades. Milkcaps ends with “Not 92,” an absolute rock rager designed to yell along to at the top of your lungs with a fist in the air and a knot in your stomach. Strong right out the gate, the band’s frenetic instrumental style builds a blazing world of fury and apology, a song on fire and drowning in kerosene. It’s a dynamic closer, rapid-fire and enraged in all its hard-rock glory.
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