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Local “garage-gaze” quartet Serfs (formerly Palm Trees) are gearing up for a busy winter. Having released two digital singles in the last year, they’ll soon be recording their first EP this winter with producer Rick Contes. The four songs the band has been floating around online range from fuzzed out, driving surf rock to melancholy pop-rock doused with reverb, calling to mind The Strokes and Real Estate, respectively. Serfs’ playing is tight and confident, a reflection of the band’s comfort with each other (singer/guitarist Phil Pucci, guitarist David Scanlon and bassist Patrick Doherty are longtime collaborators). Recently added drummer Olivia Neal fits right in, rounding out the sound of a young band with a promising future.

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