Brooklyn-based punks Surfbort have released "Trashworld," the second single and first video from their debut full-length Friendship Music.
Over the past few years, Surfbort has been releasing short-and-sweet bursts of energy on singles and EPs influenced by classic hardcore punk, and quickly gaining major credibility within the DIY community in the process. "Trashworld" shows the band as energetic and powerful as ever, and taking a hard stance for environmental responsibility. How many punk bands have advocated not trashing something?
With new label backing from fellow New Yorker Julian Casablancas's Cult Records, the band has had the opportunity to hone their skills in the studio and explore a balance between their rough aesthetic and well-crafted songwriting. These new songs keep their initial sound mostly intact (if slightly cleaned up) as they ascend the music industry ranks. This song and the previous single "Pretty Little Fucker" shine with greater production value compared to their prior releases without leaving their roots behind.
"Trashworld" acts as a statement of environmental consciousness on the band's behalf. In a statement to BrooklynVegan, singer Dani Miller explained the deeper meaning behind the track:
"Trashworld" started as a discussion about what people should care about more… Gender identity? Racism? Sexism? The environment? It’s frustrating to come across people who stand for one thing but don’t acknowledge another… like a xenophobe who cares about the environment. People are mobilized into struggle by what directly affects them but it’s important to have equal concern for other’s oppressions. That said, we’re all trashing the planet with our need for comfort and convenience… so the video shows burners and clueless punks partying at the end of the world. Trashworld is our anthem for moving forward with love and compassion for each other in order to plant flowers in the trash piles we’ve created on mother earth.
Directed by filmmaker Kansas Bowling (who describes it as "2 minute Muscle Beach Party meets Street Trash exploitation films") and featuring B-movie star Tiffany Shepis, the music video ties into the band's ideology. An homage to the underground cinema Shepis is known for, it starts off on a seemingly innocent note but eventually descends into horror territory when Miller's skin begins to melt after taking a swim in the toxic, polluted water. Driving the band's point home while still retaining a sense of lightheartedness, Surfbort prove they are a punk band worth following.
Friendship Music will be released October 26 via Cult Records.