Alt-Rock Outfit Surfwax Reveal Raw Debut With "Sonder (Feels So Great To Be Alone)"

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:

We wrote ‘Sonder’ during our last rehearsal before our first home show of 2018. I walked in from a smoke break and started playing the main melody out of nowhere. Seth came in and started softly playing along. Then Van and Uly. Once we were all locked in, Seth started pounding away on the kit per usual and I started screaming, “It feels so great to be alone!”

A few nights later we played the (still untitled) song in front of people. The show was outside; it was hot and humid as shit, peak of summer in the south. Everyone in front of us were swaying and bobbing their heads so hard it looked like their necks were going to break. It was just one of those perfect moments.

After the show, people were so stoked on it and telling us how hard that line hit them. It meant something to them so we hooked up with Casey Combest, who recorded our demo back in 2016, and did our best to recapture the vibe of that night.

“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.

Listen to “Sonder (Feels So Great To Be Alone)” below and connect with Surfwax on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

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