Recorded at Rock Island, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013-2015.
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
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
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)
"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)
"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."
"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."
/ 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!"
on our May 2013 show at the world famous Cavern Club, Liverpool