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Cracking the formula: Surf Harp and TV FACE Reviewed

Surf Harp and TV FACE Reviewed

TV FACE – I knew a girl I didn’t know

Similar artists: Mclusky, Brainiac, Minutemen, Pixies

Genre: Post-Punk, Garage Rock, Alternative Rock

TV FACE are post-punk Puritans, upset with the world and ready to tell anyone who will listen about it. 

There’s no end to the things that bring our blood to a boil. The majority of us have no way to complain but to friends, family, and on our social media. And, even doing that is considered rude. The most surefire way to lose friends and alienate people is to complain all the time. 

The alternative is, of course, to suck it in and never express those emotions. But doing that only leads to more people growing sick or turning into psychopathic murderers. What people need is a safe way to vent the anger they accumulate throughout their God-given workweek. 

TV FACE have a solution to dealing with all of the things that bring people down and make them angry. Judging by “I knew a girl I didn’t know,” that solution involves shouting and letting it all out. A poetic mess of anxiety and uncertainty, “I knew a girl I didn’t know,” functions by the classic post-punk strategy of finding something that annoys you and making a song about it. 

TV FACE have a solution to dealing with all of the things that bring people down and make them angry. Judging by “I knew a girl I didn’t know,” that solution involves shouting and letting it all out.


Surf Harp – Willowing

Surf Harp’s “Willowing” echoes a time when clever indie bands were working out ways to take over the dance floors. 

There are a lot of charlatans in pop music, and they typically make the best records. They’re the ones that have figured out just how much regular people care about art history and just how much it matters to them. Once they’ve found a suitable balance, the rest was easy. 

In getting someone to buy something that they wouldn’t necessarily want, it is important not to get them the chance to think too much about it. The fast-talking salesman that reinforces the potential buyers’ ideals makes a living off of this very thing. 

Surf Harp’s “Willowing” is the work of an art band that’s figured out how getting people to dance along to their music might be the best way to get them on their side. Their music and even the video echo the 2000s groups that found a sweet spot between grand statements and nightclub shenanigans. 

TV FACE - I knew a girl I didn't know

7.5

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About author

Eduard Banulescu is a writer, blogger, and musician. As a content writer, Eduard has contributed to numerous websites and publications, including FootballCoin, Play2Earn, BeIN Crypto, Business2Community, NapoliSerieA, Extra Time Talk, Nitrogen Sports, Bavarian FootballWorks, etc. He has written a book about Nirvana, hosts a music podcasts, and writes weekly content about some of the best, new and old, alternative musicians. Eduard also runs and acts as editor-in-chief of the alternative rock music website www.alt77.com. Mr. Banulescu is also a musician, having played and recorded in various bands and as a solo artist.
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