Surfer Blood, the first big surprise of 2010. [Album Review]

by oz on January 11, 2010

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Surfer Blood are a band of non-surfers from Palm Beach, Florida that you’ll soon hear at parties, in coffee shops, and on television. You’ll find their sound both modern and familiar. Depending on which song you land on, you’ll hear similarities to The Shins (Floating Vibes), Foreign Born (Take It Easy), Weezer (Twin Peaks), Built To Spill (Harmonix) and even Joey Ramone (Swim). Not bad company to keep, eh?

This young band has all the tools for greatness: searing guitars, crazy good percussion, vocals on par with James Mercer (The Shins) or Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and they tie it all up with succinct songwriting and addictive hooks. And while Surfer Blood’s music makes you feel good, there’s enough fuzz and reverb to keep it more punk than pop.‚  What else can I say? The entire album is as catchy as crabs. Both kinds.

I’ve been listening to this album nonstop for over a week. Surfer Blood’s debut album, Astro Coast, will be released on January 19th via Kanine Records. Visit them on MySpace for tour dates that include stops in Chicago at Schubas on January 14th and SxSW in Austin, Texas in March.

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Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes

Surfer Blood – Swim (To Reach the End)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kyle January 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

floating vibes reminds me of mother hips – time we had, which makes me like it

Chris P January 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

its a good one no doubt, hoping to find some way to score some tix for schubas.

Chris P January 11, 2010 at 9:59 am
Woody January 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

This will be the band that everybody is blowing down at SXSW. And for good reason, this is a great disc. Floating Vibes and Swim reel you in with their hooks and the rest of album keeps firing great tune after great tune. Anxious to see if they can recreate it in a live setting.

As for the remix, and remixes in general, I am not a fan. No offense to people who enjoy them

Mimi January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hey,
The Blue Pages is an awesome band whose music is indie dance rock.
You guys should definitely check them out.
http://www.myspace.com/thebluepagesmusic

oz January 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm

looks like the album started streaming today also: http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/1

Selvam, Sivagangai November 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I find their music refreshing.

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