Second Nature

by Surf School Dropouts

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Recorded at Rock Island, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013-2015.

credits

released March 31, 2015

Surf School Dropouts:

Andreas Jacobsen: vocals, keyboards, bass, drums, guitars, ukulele, kalimba, trumpet, percussion
Christian Bendix: vocals, guitars
Jari Nielsen: vocals, whistling
Martin R. Jensen: vocals

Producer: Andreas Jacobsen / Surf School Dropouts

Vocal arrangements: Surf School Dropouts

Thanks:
Probyn Gregory: guitar solo on Coastline Cruisin'
Oscar Sejr Madelung Alstrup: saxophones on Wonderful Ride
Thilde Danielsen: vocals on California
Daniel Hirst: co-songwriter on Where Have You Gone

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What others say about the Dropouts & 'Second Nature':

"Banjos, vibraphones, jangling twelve-string guitars, saxophones are all featured, and sweet ethereal vocals swirl and tickle throughout. (...) Surprising chord progressions, inventive and ear-catching instrumental touches, and incredibly gorgeous harmonies make this album a fantastic pick for Beach Boys fans looking for something fresh and new to dive into." (5/5)
Beachboys.com

"Unabashed Brian Wilson love is the whole reason Denmark’s Surf School Dropouts continue to churn out harmony-laden songs of sun, fun and summertime. They are also one of the few modern bands that can pull off the surf harmonies as good as this. (...) For Beach Boys fans this is manna from heaven." (8/10)
Powerpopaholic.com

"These harmony happy lads from Copenhagen, Denmark have delivered what will surely be your soundtrack for the upcoming summer season: 14 luscious, melody-soaked warm weather anthems that can lift your spirits high any time of the year."
Alan Haber / purepopradio.com

"This album is FANTASTIC, with some real gems such as Destination Sunshine, Coastline Cruising, California and This Morning being so evocative. They bring back memories of wonderful times I personally had in California interviewing and having fun with people who became such great friends and who sadly are no longer with us. It is like a memoriam to them and the times we had."
Stephen McParland - Beach Boys & Surf culture historian

"This is the familiar, beautiful sound that reminds us of what music can do and what life can be. (...) Highlights include the instant earworm, Summer Rain, and the achingly beautiful Where Have You Gone. It’s a great record, overall though, and worth seeking out."
Surfermoon.com

"If you like the Beach Boys, you might want to check out this group from Copenhagen."
Probyn Gregory, guitarist - the Brian Wilson & Beach Boys touring band

"In my opinion, not many can pull off the Surf vocal thing. Only a FEW people in the '60s did; Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Fantastic Baggys, Gary Usher, the Buddies, Bruce and Terry, Ronny & the Daytonas and Gary Zekley... After that, its a BIG DROP to almost no one. Surf School Dropouts is one of the very few current bands that can cut it & do it well."
Domenic Priore, Beach Boys / surf historian & author of the legendary Dumb Angel fanzine and books such as Riot on Sunset Strip and Pop Surf Culture.

"Speaking of surf music... Mike Love can, y' know, fu----' fire all the Beach Boys he wants now; These guys - Surf School Dropouts - will happily step up to deliver tuneful surf pop."
www.mistersuave.com / Podcast # 247

"Keep up the rich harmonic progressions and lush vocal voicings."
Rick Henn, former lead singer of legendary 60s group the Sunrays

"I think your work is fantastic and I hope you continue The Midsummer's DayDream that you have so lovingly taken on."
Brent Cash, Marina Records recording artist

"The Front Stage was running about half an hour late so we were able to catch the full set from Denmark’s Surf School Dropouts. (...) we were gob-smacked. They harmonised so well they are in the same league as The Fendertones and Explorers Club and would give Brian Wilson’s backing band a run for their money!"
mintyandthebeeb.blogspot.com on our May 2013 show at the world famous Cavern Club, Liverpool

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Surf School Dropouts Copenhagen, Denmark

Harmony-laden songs of sun, fun and summer with the occasional dash of melancholia...

Our debut album 'Summer is a State of Mind' comprises songs written and recorded since 2010. The follow-up, 'Second Nature', was released in 2015
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Track Name: Destination Sunshine
Brought down by the daily grind
I need a trip just to ease my mind
I call the guys
We’re on our way
Heads up on the frosty street
I’m pretty sure that this can’t be beat
The time is right to head for the light (Yeah, yeah, yeah, rev it up and go now)

We’re on the run to Destination Sunshine (We’re on the run)
And once we get there it'll be so fine (Be so fine)
We’re on the run to Destination Sunshine (We’re on the run)
And we can’t go back to what we left behind

Peel out while the lights turn green
We all act like we’re still 18
Just chasing girls
And blasting tunes
Who’s to say they have to end?
All those days when you’re with your friends
Let’s prove them wrong
So come sing along

We’re on the run to Destination Sunshine (We’re on the run)
And once the surf breaks we’ll be first in line (First in line)
We’re on the run to Destination Sunshine (We’re on the run)
We can’t go back to what we left behind

We’ve gotta escape from the cold
Find a place that’s good for the soul
Get me out of this hibernation
The sun is my salvation

And while I’m gone I know I’ll always think of her
It won’t be long till I return
I’ll be there with the warmth of May
And then I’ll stay
But now

We’re on the run to Destination Sunshine (We’re on the run)
Now hear that engine in my 409 (409)
We’re on the run to Destination Sunshine (We’re on the run)
And we can’t go back to what we left behind

We’re the boys of summer always running away
Always keep chasing the sun
This gang is second to none
Track Name: Should Have Known Better
Another place, another time
I'd never let you play tricks on my mind
You made me drop my guard
Then you broke my heart

Guess I should have known better
The love you gave came with a cost
Thought it would last forever
Now look at what we lost
You told me not to think about tomorrow
All we had was now
And I knew – but I forgot it anyhow

Once burned, twice shy
That's how you left me when you finally said goodbye
Now I try to forget our past and escape the shadow you cast

Guess I should have known better
The love you gave came with a cost
Thought it would last forever
Now look at what we lost
You told me not to think about tomorrow
All we had was now
And I knew – but I forgot it anyhow

Laws of attraction sprang into action
When we met that night
We felt no doubt stepping into the morning light

Guess I should have known better
The love you gave came with a cost
Thought it would last forever
Now look at what we lost
You told me not to think about tomorrow
All we had was now
And I knew – but I forgot it anyhow
Track Name: Where Have You Gone
Where have you gone, my baby, where have you gone
I cannot find you

I remember the night we saw the northern lights
What a beautiful sight
We let our love shine so bright

Where have you gone, my baby, where have you gone
I cannot find you

I remember the night we saw the northern lights
What a beautiful sight
We let our love shine so bright

Where have you gone, my baby, where have you gone
I cannot find you

You and I we used to be so close
Can you believe we lost all that
Now every song that I compose
Reminds me of what we had
How am I supposed to carry on

Where have you gone, my baby, where have you gone
I cannot find you

Carry on
Since you've been gone
It's never dawn
My sunshine's gone
Track Name: Sarah
Sarah, what have you been up to
You know it's been too long
I just got to thinkin' about you
When I heard our song
It was playing on the radio
On the first day of spring
I thought about how happy you looked
When we used to sing
Sing along

Sarah I guess you were a dreamer
The kind that won't be held down, made to stick around
And maybe I should have seen things clearer
Packed my bags and come along, when you skipped town
Oh Sarah, where did you run to
Sarah I miss you

You came from a house of trouble, daddy gave you dirty looks
I always used to burst your bubble, 'cause I played by the books
Determination in your eyes, you had a sense of "come what may"
Who was I to talk you out of your plans?
One day you'd gone away for good

Sarah I guess you were a dreamer
The kind that won't be held down, made to stick around
And maybe I should have seen things clearer
Packed my bags and come along, when you skipped town
Oh Sarah, where did you run to
Sarah I miss you

Sarah, what have you been up to
You know it's been too long
I just got to thinkin' about you
When I heard our song
It was playing on the radio
On the first day of spring
I thought about how happy you looked
When we used to sing
Sing along

Sarah I guess you were a dreamer
The kind that won't be held down, made to stick around
And maybe I should have seen things clearer
Packed my bags and come along, when you skipped town
Oh Sarah, where did you run to
Sarah I missed you

Sarah, what have you been up to
You know it's been too long
Track Name: Wonderful Ride
Girl, since you came into my life
You have made me realize
How far I could raise the bar
'Cause I become a better man
doing all the best I can for you
You know that it's true

It's been a wonderful ride
Nothing but good times
And though we don't know, where it's gonna go
I'm sure that we'll get by
It's a wonderful ride
It's a wonderful ride

When I hear you laughing out loud
I know that there's no better sound for me
Baby, can't you see
That I could walk 100 miles
Just to catch some of those smiles that stay
With me through the day

It's been a wonderful ride
Nothing but good times
And though we don't know, where it's gonna go
I'm sure that we'll get by
It's a wonderful ride
It's a wonderful ride

With you by my side it's a wonderful ride
Girl, let's ride it, let's get excited, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

It's been a wonderful ride
Nothing but good times
And though we don't know, where it's gonna go
I'm sure that we'll get by

It's a wonderful ride
Nothing but good times
And though we don't know, where it's gonna go
I know that we'll get by
It's a wonderful ride

It's a wonderful ride (Girl, let's ride it, let's get excited)
Track Name: Coastline Cruisin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin' now

On the shore you can hear us shout
All stoked up we're paddling out
Oh yeah, nothing's stronger than the call of the wave
So you know where it's at on a sunny day
Just grab your board and surf your cares away

Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
That's the kinda life that we're choosin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
If we wipe out, we'll shake off the bruisin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin' now

Heavy breakers keep a-rollin' in
Salty water against our skin
Oh yeah, checkin' out all the surfer girls
So keep your job and your mortgage too
The surf hits hard, got nothing else to do

Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
That's the kinda life that we're choosin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
If we wipe out, we'll shake off the bruisin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin' now

Gremmies not allowed on our turf
No one's cutting in on this surf
Facing off with the angry sea
Nowhere in the world we'd rather be
Hanging ten is how it feels to be free

Coast, coast
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
That's the kinda life that we're choosin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
If we wipe out we'll shake off the bruisin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
That's the kinda life that we're choosin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
If we wipe out we'll shake off the bruisin'
Coast, coast, coastline cruisin'
NOW!
Track Name: Lanikai
At Lanikai
I'm watching the world drift by
at Lanikai
Palm trees sway side by side
at Lanikai

Got a Mai Tai within reach
J. D. Salinger in my hand
Stay put on this beach
'till the warmth of the sun leaves the sand

At Lanikai
I'm watching the world drift by
at Lanikai
Palm trees sway side by side
at Lanikai

Dozing off without a care
Seagulls treat me with a song.
An ocean breeze in the air
cools me down, but not for long

At Lanikai
I'm watching the world drift by
at Lanikai
Palm trees sway side by side
at Lanikai
Track Name: California
”Take me away, take me out of LA
Let's head north along the highway”
Drivin' in Big Sur, our love became a blur
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, she decided to leave me
Went to stay in Monterey
Lots of booze in Santa Cruz 'fore I finally wound up in Frisco
California, you still love me

The windows in this cheap hotel
Are paper-thin and letting in
The noise of bottles breaking
As a truck collects the glass
It's 4 a.m., I can't think straight
I ought to sleep - it's getting late
But I just can't forget the way she looked
When she said

”Take me away, take me out of LA
Let's head north along the highway”
Drivin' in Big Sur, our love became a blur
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, she decided to leave me
Went to stay in Monterey
Lots of booze in Santa Cruz 'fore I finally wound up in Frisco
California, you still love me

I take a walk outside to clear my mind
And see if I can find
That morning fog to cloud my senses
I want to understand
We used to be happy, back in LA
Different opinions would meet halfway
Saturday night in bed, she surprised me
When she said

”Take me away, take me out of LA
Let's head north along the highway”
Drivin' in Big Sur, our love became a blur
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, she decided to leave me
Went to stay in Monterey
Lots of booze in Santa Cruz 'fore I finally wound up in Frisco
California, you still love me

We all have our reasons
Guided by our past
Satisfied with what we had
Never meant to last
I'll remember the good times
Won't forget the bad
Whatever didn't kill her
Only ever made her sad

”Take me away, take me out of LA
Let's head north along the highway”
Drivin' in Big Sur, our love became a blur
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, she decided to leave me
Went to stay in Monterey
Lots of booze in Santa Cruz 'fore I finally wound up in Frisco
California, you still love me
Track Name: This Morning
This morning the light seems brighter
My head feels lighter
All my worries have been washed away
I jump out of bed, 'cause it's the start of a brand new day

This morning I'm feeling enchanted
I take it for granted
That you know what I’m thinking of
Cause I met a girl and now it seems I woke up in love

As soon as I open my eyes it's clear
That something good is happening here
And I've been waiting my whole life through for a girl like her

This morning sunshine seems to follow me around
Something sweeps me off the ground
I guess I'm still too young to know for sure
But I feel it just might last forevermore with her

This morning I slowly remember
Her lips warm and tender
And her eyes shining like the Sun
I wave goodbye to the Moon, maybe my lonely days are done

This morning the grass is greener
The air feels cleaner
And the birds are chirpin' along
To the tune in my heart and we're all singing the same sweet song

As soon as I open my eyes it's clear
That something good is happening here
And I've been waiting my whole life through for a girl like her

This morning sunshine seems to follow me around
Something sweeps me off the ground
I guess I'm still too young to know for sure
But I feel it just might last forevermore with her

(So won't you wake) Wake up, wake up, wake up and smile and just
Walk, walk for a while
And just smile
The world is waiting just for you

This morning I get up and running
I seem to be shunning
Every care that has brought me down
So get out of my way, I'm gonna shout it all over town

As soon as I open my eyes it's clear
That something good is happening here
And I've been waiting my whole life through for a girl like her

This morning sunshine seems to follow me around
Something sweeps me off the ground
I guess I'm still too young to know for sure
But I feel it just might last forevermore with her

(So won't you wake) Wake up, wake up, wake up and smile and just
Walk, walk for a while
And just smile
The world is waiting just for you
Track Name: Summer Rain
Sitting on the couch inside your parents house at night
Moving closer all the time
You talk about your love of jazz; I nod and say "sublime"
But I don't really understand
I wanna change the subject, wanna grab you by the hand
You go searchin’ for a drink

Easy times, so long ago
You turned the music off, and you said to me:

Won't you stay and listen to the
Summer rain
Clear the air; remove the pain
See the brand new day that you and I and everything will be a part of

You used to say that time flies by, but now you're not so sure
I wish I could disagree
You used to know the way to go, but now it's hard to see
I will help you look for light
What happened to your open mind, you're permanently right
I guess that goes for me

Easy times, so long ago
I want us to return to when you said to me

Won't you stay and listen to the
Summer rain
Clear the air; remove the pain
See the brand new day that you and I and everyone will be a part of

Sweet, sweet summer rain
Drumming on the window pane
Washing over Lover's Lane

Sitting on the couch inside your parents house tonight
Wishing it would start to rain

Easy times, can't recreate
I've almost given up, when you say to me:

Won't you stay and listen to the
Summer rain
Clear the air; remove the pain
See the brand new day that you and I and everyone will be a part of
Track Name: Ebb & Flow
Ebb & flow
The power of the sea
Keeps overwhelming me.
Falling and rising
Coast-colliding
Through eternity
Ebb & flow

Ebb & flow
We take in the sight of the changing tide
The glow of the sunset
Gathering clouds at the beach we found tonight
Ebb & flow

Good times, bad times come and go
One after another, ebb & flow
Joy and sorrow, high and low
What tomorrow brings
We’ll never know

Ebb & flow
I sense a lie
Reflected in your eyes
Facing the ocean
You show no emotion
Is this goodbye
Ebb & flow