Alt-Rock Outfit Surfwax Reveal Raw Debut With "Sonder (Feels So Great To Be Alone)"
You know those moments when you feel trapped by the air? When it’s just you and the atoms of the world floating around you? Once you realize it — that you’re wholly, wildly alone — it’s both chilling and comforting.
The guys of Surfwax, an emerging alt-rock group based in Jackson, MS, have paid homage (whether they know it or not) to this feeling with their debut single, “Sonder (Feels So Great To Be Alone).” Released last month, the track is a dizzying post-grunge anthem in which each member of Surfwax goes all in with visceral proof of their far-reaching skill.
When we asked frontman Greg Moorman to tell us a little about the track, here’s what he said:
“Sonder” opens with the fuzzy warble of distortion before the arrangement kicks quickly into high-gear, bittersweet melody summoned up by warring guitar lines, percussive shimmers, and tender bass. The vocals come in after that dynamic instrumental intro, and they rival the sonic layers with a palpable ache howling above the searing rhythms. “It feels so great to be alone,” Greg yells into the ether, but we’re not convinced. The frantic delivery coupled with such an erratic, hard-hitting arrangement finds the song evolving into a heart-heavy anthem.
The composition is swollen with alt-rock treatment — we get the shrill reverb and plenty of unrelenting percussion — but tinged by a desperate angst, like the world left handprints on Surfwax’s shoulders, evidence of a tight grip and lives lived with some degree of pain. “Sonder” spirals quickly into a dark and dizzying whirlwind, a raw alt-rock romp designed for endless replays at maximum volume alone in the comfort (or disquietude) of our own claustrophobic minds.