Surf-rock isn’t dead, it’s just evolving. Self-dubbing their sound as “Jack Johnson on LSD,” Lewis Del Mar’s self-titled debut album taps into industrial sounds and Latin-inspired guitar riffs, allowing fresh air to breathe into a genre whose seaside nature has grown stale in many ways. Their rise to fame that led to multiple record label offers (they signed with Colombia) likely comes from the fact that the D.C.-born duo of Danny Miller and Max Harwood have been playing together for ten years, have been best friends since childhood, and have had plenty of time in their Rockaway Beach, NY loft-meets-studio to solidify their signature sound. They aren’t a hype that washes to shore early and recedes back into the abyss. They hold their weight.
These two add a spin to our exploration of family—not only are they brothers from other mothers, but also Danny's Nicaraguan roots are an integral part of the band's unique sound. Their personal family histories are right in the name: both of their fathers are named Lewis, and del mar means "of the sea" in Spanish. We sat down with the boys at Alma at The Standard, Hollywood on one of the last days of their first headlining tour to attempt an interview with a three-drink minimum.