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Surf City @ Annandale Hotel
22/03/2008

The taxi driver had an extra five dollars in it for himself if he was able to transport me from the eating part of town to the rock music district in time to catch Surf City play. He succeeded, but in hindsight, he shouldn't have bothered.

The Annandale Hotel was only about a quarter full, considering there had been about eleven support bands play before Surf City this meant that by my calculations around 90% of the crowd had performed that night or was currently defacto-ed to someone that had.

As the New Zealand four piece took to the stage and knocked out their opening notes it was clear that they didn't really want to be there. Sure, the crowd wasn't the best and the infamous poor Annandale sound was doing it's fighting best to destroy their set, but it was no reason to act so damn pouty and stroppy. The lazy style in which they deliver their music doesn't lend itself to wild antics but the band seemed as though they were just traveling through the motions, praying for to be over as soon as possible.

After about 30 minutes of music the band abruptly ended their set, walking off stage without acknowledging the crowd. The guy in the front row, obviously a die hard fan, who had been loudly singing along to every word of their set, seemed the most pissed off about their fast retreat. After a few disbelieving yells of "No, that's not all you are going do do..." the house music came on, lights flickered on across the venue and the crowd shuffled out. The super-fan, still visually distressed, shook his head and stormed out.

Surf City were always going to have their work cut out for them winning new fans on Saturday night with the crowded line-up and the shitty sound, but they really should have been focusing just as much on keeping the ones they had.

When we last saw them in support of Batrider their performance was thrilling, a fantastic showcase of their potential and synergy as a band. Their performance on Saturday was extremely underwhelming and stale. We honestly think there may have been other factors at play behind the scenes that affected their obvious bad mood and lack of energy. We hope that others that were in attendance give them another chance. They deserve it.

Surf City's debut EP is officially released in Australia this Saturday via Pop Frenzy.

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