The Skurfs: Missoula’s original ‘mountain surf’ band

SIERRA CISTONE for the Missoulian

Put on your dancing shoes and some fancy mid-20th-century attire and prepare to move and maybe mosh at Free Cycles’ annual Winter Ball.

The show will be both a lively musical event and an album release party for one of Missoula’s oldest rock bands, the Skurfs.

The Skurfs will be selling the CD version of their new album, “Downhiller,” at the event, but for those who have seen the band play before, many of the songs might already sound familiar.

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The album was recorded over the course of two days in 2016, yet for reasons including the COVID-19 pandemic, it was never officially released. Many of the songs have since been a part of the band’s set lists for live shows in the years since and so may not be new to fans.

The 20-minute album features nine songs, and is “just a little entertainment package,” according to Gavin McCourt, guitar player, vocalist and one of the founding members. The album includes the fast-paced tunes “Ski Surf,” “The Ripper,” and the album’s namesake, “Downhiller.” It also features sound bites recorded at the band’s

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