Fuzzysurf – “Problems”


“Problems” is a great showing of smart power-pop songwriting, with a tinge of surf-pop added to the mix with the engaging vocal harmonies and serene guitar licks. The track from Milwaukee-based group Fuzzysurf is the first single off their upcoming album, Fuzzy & The Surfs, due for release on 5/11. As with most quality power-pop, there’s melodic sanctification in both verses and chorus, as well as the effective repetition of “Why’re you looking for Problems?” during the conclusion. Peppy and catchy with lyrical depth, “Problems” is a fun success from Fuzzysurf.

Per the band: “The song lyrically addresses the recent trend in society, and on social media in particular, to amplify various perceived “problems, issues, and causes”, sometimes to the point of ruining our relationships with other people in pursuit of dogmatic beliefs. The song is a reflection on the pitfalls of continuing this course. Although no solution or guidance is offered, the question is no doubt raised. “Why’re you looking for Problems?””

“Problems” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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