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Best Coast and Wavves have had recent success with their surf pop sound. There’s also a burgeoning underground music scene in London which is worth checking out, so I did.

The Bleeding Knees Club and The Turnoffs played a free gig at Old Blue Last on Saturday (30th July) and it seemed like this scene is the next big thing. The venue was packed with the cool kids of Shoreditch, for both the DJs downstairs and the live music in the upstairs venue.

The Turnoffs were the first band to perform and had a surprisingly enigmatic lead singer. Though the band was not superb their surf pop riffs, the lead vocals and the introduction of a harmonics started the night off perfectly.

The surf pop retro kitsch was a nice change from the folk singer songwriters which usually frequent live music nights in pub venues (spend some time in Canterbury and a night like this will make you sigh with relief). There were even crowd members doing the twist, their commitment to the motif was commendable.

The headline act was Australian duo the Bleeding Knees Club. Their simple lyrics, high pitched vocals and pounding drums were ended the night on a high. They’re a great introductory band to the genre, y’know if Best Coast are busy.

Bleeding Knees Club – ‘Have Fun’

What’s your favourite Surf Pop bands? Are there any underground scenester scenes you’d recommend? Share the cool.

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