Kick-ass new band alert. On April 16 at Terrapin Station, I found out Boise is cool enough to have its own bona fide heroin rock band, Surface. Throughout the night, I was reminded of Queens of the Stone Age, Primus and Jane's Addiction, although Surface is darker and more brooding than any of the aforementioned bands. Frontman, guitarist and the group's main songwriter, Brent Joel, owned the stage and captivated the nearly full room with his eerily melodic singing, often sustaining notes across multiple chord changes in the tradition of Josh Homme's signature falsetto.
Surface is a relatively new band and like any new band, there's some room for improvement. Briefly at times, the singing would become screeching and the overall sound crossed from smooth and vibey to abrasive. Also, Joel's stylish and angular guitar playing, as well as his knack for interesting songwriting, would benefit from the addition of a keyboard player or second guitarist to fill out the group's sound. However, it can be difficult to pull off a power trio, and Surface stood up to the challenge.
The crowd at Terrapin Station was swept up in a cool, trippy energy and Surface was the generator. I imagine there are even better shows in their future, and I look forward to watching the evolution of these talented musicians.