Crashing a party at The White House would have been easier than catching a set by Surfer Blood at SxSW 2010. We made valiant attempts to see them, but their rapid ascent to buzz band status made lines intolerable and entry unlikely. I suppose that makes our live session that much more special.
Surfer Blood is an impressive band. While I expect all bands to be professional (I’ve said many times that indie bands are the hardest working people around), Surfer Blood has a work ethic and demeanor beyond their years.‚ Their whirlwind rise to prominence in indie circles would feel unnatural for mature bands, let alone these lads with an average age somewhere in the early twenties. In fact, their surge in popularity made us a little uneasy, concerned that they may dismiss the session as a distraction or pain in the ass. Luckily, the early indicators of success didn’t deter them from a quick stop at Shirk Music + Sound.
Following the lead of JP Pitts, the boys from Florida perform punk inspired indie rock with precision. Their power chord driven sound, broken up by tasty percussion and bubbly guitar breaks, has earned them labels like “breaking band” by Rolling Stone, “hot band” by Spin, “between buzz and break” by NY Times, and “the first big surprise of 2010″ by us. High accolades for a band formed only a year ago. The band released their amazing debut, Astro Coast, then launched out of SxSW into a tour that will carry them through June. Their next test is to take the stage, city by city, and win over crowds carrying big expectations.
Video: Surfer Blood – Swim