Surfing Strange

  • Record Label: Wichita
  • Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    Surfing Strange is a picture of a band not in transition, but in an especially quick process of maturation. The results end up being no less instantly exciting, but more lasting and poignant than what came before.
  2. Nov 14, 2013
    Unfortunately, Swearin’s touchstones seem to be catching up with them, and the result is a strong album that nevertheless feels overtly, distractingly derivative in spots.
  3. Nov 4, 2013
    Surfing takes the disenchanted bits of Swearin' and blows them out into 34 minutes of honed unrest—it's a self-aware, deliberate, and ultimately truthful sophomore slump.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 1, 2013
    Surfing Strange hits similar touchstones to Waxahatchee--Sebadoh, The Breeders, that whole '90s grunge wave--albeit with rather more noisy brio. [Dec 2013, p.74]
  5. Nov 6, 2013
    If you're looking for a guided tour of the eternal-turning-23 blues, you can't do better than the second Swearin' album.
  6. Nov 6, 2013
    "Indie rock" has long since ceased to be either "indie" or "rock," of course, but Surfing Strange signifies on both counts, just when we desperately needed a refresher on the fundamentals.
  7. 70
    Swearin’ have reached the point where they’re almost too good at what they do. Surfing Strange boasts impeccable museum pieces, but its scuffed edges are what draw in the deepest.
  8. Nov 1, 2013
    Surfing Strange feels like a transitional album, as the group look to define themselves with their artistic voice, rather than those of their influences.
  9. Nov 19, 2013
    It’s a familiar story to hear DIY bands frustratingly avoiding their past strengths once they secure some proper studio time; both records have a more “mature” sound than their lo-fi predecessors, but I find the songwriting largely forgettable.
  10. Nov 14, 2013
    Surfing Strange is a tight and coherent little album whose greatest strength lies in its youthful energy and sense of the ups and downs of the early twenties--the lows of uncertainty and malaise, and the highs of excitement and anticipation.
  11. 80
    This is everything a punk record should be; abrasive, aggressive, occasionally a little gauche, but with an emotional core that’s unmistakeable, and that elevates Surfing Strange from a enjoyable album to a genuinely gripping one.
  12. Nov 1, 2013
    Surfing Strange has the band gliding over waves at record height, with barely a single hiccup.
  13. Nov 8, 2013
    Frustratingly, the album’s lowest point comes directly after one of its high points.... That’s not to say that Surfing Strange isn’t impressive as a whole.
  14. Nov 11, 2013
    There’s a handful of ballads too--the surest sign of maturity--but just when we think they’ve given up the pacy numbers forever, they sucker-punch us at the death with the perfect one-two combo of ‘Unwanted Place’ and ‘Young’.
  15. 70
    Surfing Strange has a bit more substance and variety [than its first LP]. Neither betters the other but they complement each other nicely forming the bulk of the band’s discography.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 21, 2013
    This is a really fun record with a lot of sounds borrowed from the 90's. When it first started playing I thought the Superchunk guy hadThis is a really fun record with a lot of sounds borrowed from the 90's. When it first started playing I thought the Superchunk guy had started a new band, but every track after that had its own character, many based (on purpose, i don't know) on a different 90's band. Unfortunately, along with a lot of cool songs, there's a mix of 90's radio-punk style that IMO should stay in the past. Anyway, it's worth checking out and the band's obviously talented enough to release an amazing album sometime in the future. Full Review »