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RIFF SUMMER CHALLENGE

Kill Surf City

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Silhouette of James Reid leaning into mic against blue stagelight and shadow.
James Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain by Paul Hudson on Wikimedia Commons

Surf music’s influence around the world was not exclusive to straightforward rock in the first years. The subtle inflections of surf sound in alternative music is like an emotional cord through a song. And so surf influences sweetened the distorted shoegaze noise of Scotland’s The Jesus and Mary Chain’s sound in songs like “Kill Surf…

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