Surf Bored was conceived in the hot, sticky Athens, GA summer of 2013 out of a need for evolution and migration. Singer T.J. Mimbs sought a departure from the jangly, indie-pop tunes of his former band, The District Attorneys, in favor of a looser, stouter style. After writing and recording demos for two songs that would eventually make it on to Surf Bored’s debut album, The Rehearsal, Mimbs discovered that hints of surf rock were creeping into the fold.
In the fall of 2013, Mimbs relocated from the comfort of his Athens indie rock roots to the uncertain waters of the San Francisco Bay Area. Already knowing locals Daniel Blum (drums) and Jeremy Lyon (bass), both of the Tumbleweed Wanderers, Mimbs set about looking for guitarists keen on playing long and loud -- and quickly lit upon Avi Vinocur (Goodnight, Texas) and Chris Tye (Vandella).
With all but Mimbs involved in other touring bands, Surf Bored congealed into a home base for each musician -- an outlet for experimentation, and a reminder of why they began playing music in the first place. Surf Bored is an avenue for escaping the harsh realities of adulthood -- a celebration of carelessness, however fleeting. Surf Bored stares life in the face and offers a sardonic smirk.
The band uses this juxtaposition to craft its own unique brand of surf rock with a Southern twang. With the release of its debut album, The Rehearsal, in March of 2016, Surf Bored is primed to spread its message to the masses: worry less, rock more.
released March 18, 2016
Drums: Daniel Blum
Bass/Vocals: Jeremy Lyon
Guitar/Vocals: Avi Vinocur
Guitar/Vocals: Chris Tye
Guitar/Vocals: TJ Mimbs
Recorded by TJ Mimbs, Daniel Blum & George Rosenthal at The Complex SF, Pyramind Studios & Studio SQ.
Mixed by Scott McDowell at Hyde Street Studio C.
Mastered by Jonathan Kirchner.
Artwork by Sara Gerstel.
Special thanks to George Rosenthal and Jeremy Rosenblum for creating two of the most amazing recording spaces a band could ever ask for. This album could not have been made without them.
Thanks to all of our families, friends, and especially all the artists and musicians striving to maintain creativity in the Bay Area.
Thank you to all those who helped us fund this record, especially Anna Hoyt, Tiffany & Scott Anderson, Tyler Johnson, Jeanie Joesbury, Bunny Wiley, James Queen, Louise Hadden, Wesley Donohoe, Elise Braden, Bill Hoyt, Judith Vinocur, Casey Crites, Mary Rozenman, Dylan Pyle, Fran Hutcheson, KM, David Russell, MarHo, Elijah A. Hein, Lee Berg, Richard Owens and Lauren Sherman.
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