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The Surfing Magazines record has an immediate and unique energy – an old quality. It feels handmade. Analogue. Fun. In keeping with those themes – and because it’s nearly impossible to get every member of such a super-group in the same place at the same time – the plan was to do all the videos in one go. Just to keep it fresh – that location was a boat. That boat being The Grand Cru, a boat Pete Townsend made into a studio (apparently so him and Eric Clapton could make a record at sea). The results are three videos that revel in their unpolished existence. Long Live The Surfing Magazines.” – Piers Dennis, director.

The Surfing Magazines are a garage rock supergroup. The band contains one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures. Dominic Brider, who has played with many local bands and is an extremely groovy dude, completes the line-up on drums. 

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Charles Watson, David Tattersall, Dominic Brider, Franic Rozycki

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The Debut solo material from Charles Watson (Slow Club, The Surfing Magazines) “I wanted ‘No Fantare’ to have that feeling, to capture the thing just before it’s perfect, while it’s still human and fun.” Charles Watson

The London based songwriter/producer/writer and member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines, with members of The Wave Pictures – is flexing his production muscles on this sublime new offering. It’s a grand opening gambit that ramps up and up and up over the course of its five-and-a-half minutes, touching on Beirut during the process and ending on a guitar solo that collapses into disdended lo-fi tranquillity.

Charles debut solo material ‘No Fanfare‘ – a song that effortlessly evolves from stripped back guitars to a warm, almost wall of sound crescendo. a sprawling opus stuffed with quirky synthwork and iridescent brass.

The biggest difference on this record for me is that it’s my producing debut,” Watson says. “I’ve worked with producers in the past but in more of an artist role so this record felt quite different for me. I worked alongside David Glover at Tesla Studios in Sheffield. I set out trying to make no demos and for the whole record to be performances that felt brand new. Intimate and dream-like was the name of the game. I took a few trips away to write words but wrote most of them in the medical library at The Wellcome Collection. It’s free and is very warm in the winter.”

Watson recruited a few pals to play on “No Fanfare”, including Hot Club De Paris’ Paul Rafferty and Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield, which is the first taste of solo material rooted in his literary side that “takes inspiration from the reoccuring themes and language of JG Ballard novel Hello America.”

Garage rock super group The Surfing Magazines share “New Day” , Comprised of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines are already garage rock royalty.

Drawing influences from ‘60s surf music and taking inspiration from greats like Dylan and Reed, the band are on a war path to destroy today’s bongo pop demigods and pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires.

Speaking more on the track the band say: “New Day’ is a super quick tune. I’m not totally sure what its about. There’s some Russian dolls in there, a birthday clown, and apparently I want to throw all my clothes away”.

The Surfing Magazines are a new supergroup featuring Charles Watson from Slow Club, David Tattersall & Franic Rozycki from The Wave Pictures and Dominic Brider.  the band have also announced their debut festival appearance at End of the Road Festival this summer,

“New Day” out now via Moshi Moshi Records.

Lines and Shadows by The Surfing Magazines is taken from their debut self-titled album out on 1st September: