Surf Bored was conceived in the hot, sticky Athens, GA summer of 2013 out of a need for migration and evolution. Singer T.J. Mimbs began noticing a change in his songwriting and production preferences from the jangly, indie-pop tunes he and his bandmates were crafting in The District Attorneys, towards a looser, stouter style. 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.
Over the years since the 2016 release of The Rehearsal, Surf Bored has offered Mimbs and the band an avenue for escaping the harsh realities of adulthood — a celebration of moments of carelessness, however fleeting. While the lyrics sometimes take on heavy topics, the music is ultimately geared towards unabashed fun. The band uses this juxtaposition to craft its own unique brand of surf rock with a Southern twang.
Nothing captures all of this better than the band’s latest song “Stop Rock and Roll,” a laid back surf rock track filled with great riffs and melodic vocals that fits perfectly the Beach Boys-esque tune.
About the song, TJ comments “I wrote Stop, Rock & Roll about my experience moving away from being in the music industry full time and how that has affected me over the past several years. In a way, it’s an analysis on growing up but still feeling insecure about your decisions and whether you’ll live to regret them. In another way, it’s about FOMO, community, and wondering whether you’ll ever be able to create the perfect balance in your life. ”