Surf City (band)

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Surf City
Also known asKill Surf City
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
LabelsMorr Music, Arch Hill Recordings
  • Jamie Kennedy
  • Davin Stoddard
  • Logan Collins
  • Mike Ellis
Past membersJosh Kennedy

Surf City are a space rock/shoegaze/indie band from Auckland, New Zealand.[1]


Surf City was formed in 2004 in Mt Roskill, Auckland. Attention for the band quickly spread overseas, and they were picked up by notable label Morr Music for U.S and German distribution. Music website Stereogum tapped them as a "jangling, uptempo but melancholic form of shoegaze pop".[2] They released a self-titled EP in 2008,[3] a full-length album Kudos on Fire Records in 2010,[4] and another album in 2013 entitled We Knew It Was Not Going to Be Like This.[5] Their final release was the 2015 album, Jekyll Island.[6]


Date of Release Title Label
2008 Surf City - Surf City EP Arch Hill Recordings, Morr Music
2010 Kudos Arch Hill Recordings, Fire Records
2013 We Knew It Was Not Going to Be Like This Fire Records
2015 Jekyll Island Fire Records


  1. ^ "Surf City | bands - Arch Hill Recordings NZ Independent Record Label & Music Store". 6 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  2. ^ Rettig, James (11 November 2008). "Band To Watch: Surf City". Stereogum. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Surf City: Surf City EP | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Surf City: Kudos | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Reviews for We Knew It Was Not Going to Be Like This by Surf City". Metacritic. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Jekyll Island - Surf City | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2018.