Why you really should be listening to... Winston Surfshirt

Laid back soul beats direct from an Australian surfer paradise. Pure bliss.

Henry Lewis

Last updated: 30th Jul 2019

First things first, the name alone is enough to draw you in - but confusingly the leader of this band is not at all called Winston Surfshirt, in fact none of his band use their real names. There's Mi-K, Bustlip, The Bone, Bik Julio, Dool and of course Winston, and believe us when we tell you that they're some collective.

Winston's name assumedly derives from the musician's love for the Beatles, and specifically John Lennon - whose middle name he has taken as his own, as for the rest; who knows?

Without getting hung up on names, this outfit are a beautiful amalgamation of classic hip hop, soul and slacker indie - thus creating exquisite, honey sweet earworms built upon squelching synths and keyboard loops that drift wonderfully around your brain.

Winston was born in Manly, Australia then spent formative years in the UK in the West Sussex village of Bolney, before moving back to Oz in 2000.

Here he hooked back up with old friends - the aforementioned Mi-K and Bustlip, forming a covers band that would play tunes by the likes of OutKast, Taylor McFerrin and Pharoahe Monch, while also working on what would become his debut album, Sponge Cake at home.

A remix album has accompanied what is so far Winston Surfshirt's only full length release, however new singles 'For The Record' and 'Make A Move' suggests there is more juicy, Aussie soul goodness to come.

To get you in the mood for more, check out our Why you really should be listening to... Winston Surfshirt Spotify playlist above, and if you fancy catching them live you can find Winston Surfshirt UK tour tickets below.

Winston Surfshirt Manchester tickets - Gorilla, Tuesday 15th October

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Winston Surfshirt Nottingham tickets - Bodega, Wednesday 16th October

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Winston Surfshirt Birmingham tickets - O2 Institute 3, Friday 18th October

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Winston Surfshirt Liverpool tickets - 24 Kitchen Street, Sunday 20th October

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Winston Surfshirt Bristol tickets - Thekla, Wednesday 23rd October

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Winston Surfshirt Brighton tickets - Patterns, Thursday 24th October

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Winston Surfshirt Camden tickets- Electric Ballroom, Friday 25th October

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