Recorded at Larmcentralen, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2010-2012
released July 17, 2012
Surf School Dropouts:
Andreas Jacobsen: vocals, keyboards, bass, drums, guitars, various
Christian Bendix: vocals, bass, guitars
Jari Nielsen: vocals, guitars
Martin R. Jensen: vocals
Producer: Andreas Jacobsen
Vocal arrangements: Surf School Dropouts
Kristian Uhd Kristiansen: Trumpet on Stone Cold Crazy
Out on vinyl on Sunny Day Records!
What others say about the Dropouts & their debut album:
"This is an album I found myself loving from beginning to end (...) Not a weak track here, folks - and not only that, but it's an album that will leave you smiling." (5/5)
"(...) the compositions and lyrics are so close, only the vocals give away that these aren’t the real Beach Boys. (...) Highly recommended to fans of First Class, Jan and Dean, The Sunrays and lovers of 60's surfer pop." (8/10)
"What can I say, I love this album, the more I play it the better it gets, fans of mellow surf, Californian harmonies and timeless melodies should just dive right in."
"Surf School Dropouts' Summer is a State of Mind is filled with 1960's style vocals and harmonies, reminiscent of the surf 'n' pop legends of that time. It's a lot of fun. This Danish group is A#1 in my book."
"This, all said and done is a fantastic debut from an extremely talented outfit. I love it.This has been on constant repeat since I found it and is very quickly becoming one of my favourite albums this year!"
"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
Placed at no. 18 on a list of the 100 best albums of 2013 compiled by noted music critic and festival CEO David Bash.
"I love me some vocal harmonies a la these Dropouts. (...) Fans of vocal harmony groups and just plain very well-written songs evoking a simpler time will love the Surf School Dropouts, as I do."
Alan Haber / purepopradio.com
"(...) extremely listenable - The title track, aside from its philosophical wisdom, sets the album off on a strong note, with cascading harmonies and catchy melodies."
Cabin Essence blog / surfermoon.com
"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
"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.
"For this Copenhagen band Brian Wilson is a pill to be taken twice daily.(...) The jangle and organ quotient is high throughout, and could not sound more 60s pop if it tried."
"I would highly recommend this album if you want to hear the Beach Boys from 1962 after meeting the Beach Boys from 2012."
"I think 'Summer is a State of Mind' will lodge in my brain. Excellent stuff- well done chaps!!"
Kingsley Abbott, Beach Boys historian & writer for Record Collector, Uncut and Mojo Magazine
"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
Stephen McParland, Beach Boys & Surf Culture historian
"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