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Surf Curse Plays A High Energy, Sold-Out Show at Rough Trade NYC (with Teen Body and Dirt Buyer)

Early this October, Surf Curse played a sold-out show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY. The band was supported by Teen Body and Dirt Buyer.

Surf Curse is the indie rock project of Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. The band formed back in 2013 in Reno, Nevada, and is now based in Los Angeles. Surf Curse’s sound speaks to the youth. The rough, gritty, and rhythmic qualities in their early music capture the rawness of the coming of age experience. Over the years their sound has become more refined and polished, but it still carries the same explosive energy. The band released their most recent album Heaven Surrounds You on September 13th.

When Surf Curse took the stage there was a migration of bodies, and everyone began shuffling forward. The room was completely filled. People were pressed against the stage, the walls, and each other. Bodies against bodies, the crowd was hungry and eager for them to start their set. The band started the night with their song “Heathers,” off their 2013 album Buds. The music took over the room, and the crowd went from stationary and composed to a chaotic, whirlpool mosh. I knew that Surf Curse shows were notorious for the moshing and high energy, but I had never seen anything so intense in such a compact space.

This high intensity continued throughout the rest of the night. Fans mounted the stage and threw their bodies into the crowd, while others moshed along to the beat of Rattigan’s drums. Other crowd favorites included “All is Lost” off the band’s 2017 album Nothing Yet, “Ponyboy,” “Disco,” and their final song “Forever Dumb” off their 2013 EP Sad Boys. The show was a party, a chaotic expression of rebellion, youth, and passion. It was unfiltered and honest. It was intense, wild, and fierce.

The band is currently touring in Europe until the end of November. For more information about Surf Curse, check out their website here.

Pamela Wang
Pamela Wang is a photographer/writer from Los Angeles, CA currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Find more information about her and her work at pamelawwang.com and facebook.com/pwwphotography.

Surf Curse Plays A High Energy, Sold-Out Show at Rough Trade NYC (with Teen Body and Dirt Buyer)

Early this October, Surf Curse played a sold-out show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY. The band was supported by Teen Body and Dirt Buyer.

Surf Curse is the indie rock project of Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. The band formed back in 2013 in Reno, Nevada, and is now based in Los Angeles. Surf Curse’s sound speaks to the youth. The rough, gritty, and rhythmic qualities in their early music capture the rawness of the coming of age experience. Over the years their sound has become more refined and polished, but it still carries the same explosive energy. The band released their most recent album Heaven Surrounds You on September 13th.

When Surf Curse took the stage there was a migration of bodies, and everyone began shuffling forward. The room was completely filled. People were pressed against the stage, the walls, and each other. Bodies against bodies, the crowd was hungry and eager for them to start their set. The band started the night with their song “Heathers,” off their 2013 album Buds. The music took over the room, and the crowd went from stationary and composed to a chaotic, whirlpool mosh. I knew that Surf Curse shows were notorious for the moshing and high energy, but I had never seen anything so intense in such a compact space.

This high intensity continued throughout the rest of the night. Fans mounted the stage and threw their bodies into the crowd, while others moshed along to the beat of Rattigan’s drums. Other crowd favorites included “All is Lost” off the band’s 2017 album Nothing Yet, “Ponyboy,” “Disco,” and their final song “Forever Dumb” off their 2013 EP Sad Boys. The show was a party, a chaotic expression of rebellion, youth, and passion. It was unfiltered and honest. It was intense, wild, and fierce.

The band is currently touring in Europe until the end of November. For more information about Surf Curse, check out their website here.

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