When Forrest Frank sent Colin Padalecki a DM five years ago, no one could have anticipated what the two Texas college students’ music would become. “We both were just doing it for fun,” Forrest says, looking back with a laugh. “When we met up that first time, it was all just to hang out.” For them, Surfaces was just an idea; the duo’s success—sold-out tours, collaborating with Elton John, playing late night talk shows with a multi-platinum hit single under their belts—wasn’t even a consideration.
But shattering expectations is exactly what the billion-plus streaming Surfaces have done in just a few short years. With Forrest manning vocals and production, and Colin handling writing and arrangements, the two have created four self-made albums, and have turned their Texas dorm room hang outs into global stardom.
Within a year of partnering, Surfaces’ music began to take off, connecting with fans around the world who found something special in the band’s blend of buoyant production and “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” energy. They released their debut album Surf in 2017, quickly capturing the attention of fans, and followed in 2019 with the release of Where the Light Is, catapulting them into stardom with breakout smash “Sunday Best.”
The RIAA double-platinum certified track went on to surpass 2.5 billion streams, break into the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100, reach #9 at Pop Radio and led to performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and The TODAY Show. “When we made the song, we were hoping it would be a safe place for people to feel encouraged and to feel peace,” Forrest says. “We made it for maybe a few hundred people to hear—maybe a few thousand—but not for millions upon millions.”
They continued their momentum with the release of Horizons, in early 2020, featuring “Take It Easy,” followed by their collaboration with the legendary Elton John on “Learn To Fly” and, most recently, the release of their 2021 album, Pacifico, featuring stand out singles “Wave of You” and “Come With Me” featuring Salem Ilese.
Now, Forrest and Colin focus on the next chapter of their musical career. Redefining their sound and perfecting their craft, the two isolated themselves in a house in Joshua Tree to experiment with new sounds and record. Inspired heavily by the likes of Tame Impala and Tom Misch, Surfaces pushed themselves to venture outside of their norm and craft some of their most innovative work to date. Kicking things off with “I Can’t Help But Feel,” the duo continue to carve their path and hint at more to come.