Fuzzysurf is a band suited for any era. Since formally introducing themselves to Milwaukee music fans with 2017’s great Me Wocky EP, the quartet has quickly garnered attention with their distinct sound that perfectly blends elements of ’60s-era surf pop with aspects of modern day indie rock. Last year, Fuzzysurf quickly bolstered that solid first impression with the release of the band’s debut full-length, Hometown Feeling. The winning sound only continues in the band’s forthcoming LP, Fuzzy & The Surfs, which the band will release at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn show on Saturday, May 11.
Throughout 2019, Fuzzysurf has treated listeners to previews of the upcoming album. Back in January, Fuzzysurf let people hear “Problems,” the timeless first single and opening track from the release. In early March, the band chased that by putting out a hilarious and puppet-filled music video for “Denny,” followed by the debut of a bright and breezy video for “Please Please Me Too” earlier this week. While those songs been satisfying samples, it was just a taste of the British Invasion-influenced output that’s yet to come.
Fuzzy & The Surfs starts off with “Problems,” an infectious number whose upbeat sound is offset with lyrics about online activism—a concept that’s also somewhat broached later in the record during “Do You Think You’re Radical?” The 11-song release is rife with sock hop-suited songs like “Killing Time,” golden oldies ballads like “When I Fell In Love With You,” and the aforementioned psychedelic single “Denny.” That said, Fuzzysurf manages to conceal a surprising amount of depth and perspective beneath the sunny songs that unabashedly nod to the sounds of the yesteryear. Over the course of the half-hour effort, Fuzzy & The Surf touches on societal division, squandered youth, lost love, and other weighty elements—all while maintaining a fun, generation-jumping sound that should be just as well-received today as it would’ve been 50 years ago.
Fuzzysurf will release Fuzzy & The Surfs on Saturday, May 11. That night, the band will headline a release show at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn that will also feature Cashfire Sunset and Flat Teeth playing in support. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m. and costs $5. Before the album comes out, you can listen to it in full below.