We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This
- It’s a Common Life
- I Had The Starring Role
- Song From A Short Lived TV Series
- Claims Of A Galactic Medium
- No Place To Go
- I Want You
- Oceanic Graphs Of The Wilderness
- What Gets Me By
Surf City’s second album We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This continues their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the loopy noise of Animal Collective.
Their debut album Kudos (released in 2010), enjoyed outstanding plaudits from the likes of Stereogum, who praised their “impressively assured sound” and “perfect 2-minute pop storm” whilst Pitchfork admitted “Surf City’s pleasure for pleasure’s sake approach already has me pining for more.”
We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This is in some ways a massive progression from Kudos, with richer context, deeper lyrics and a melancholy undertow.