Surfer Blood, Live Session #70

by Woody on April 27, 2010

Surfer Blood

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.

Surfer Blood Band Intro

Exclusive: Surfer Blood – Fast Jabroni

Exclusive: Surfer Blood – Take It Easy (video)

Exclusive: Surfer Blood – Catholic Pagans

Exclusive: Surfer Blood – Swim (video)

Download the Surfer Blood Live Session as a zip file.

Video: Surfer Blood – Swim

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Zach Walsh April 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Surfer blood is great. I find his voice strikingly similar to that of Adam Thomson from We Were Promised Jet Packs.

Ben Sommer April 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Love Surfer Blood they are an awesome band.

safariman April 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm

damn, shirk! this sounds great and the video is taken to the next level. ‘fast jabroni’ stands out to me…great work!

oz April 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

Agreed. This sounds incredible. Fast Jabroni has an 80′s vibe to it. Makes me want to dance in a library with a stoned Emilio Estevez.

DBT Chicago April 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

this is a band i was afraid to tell people i embrace b/c of my country/folk/rock roots. but this is perfect pop music. good catch. i am not ashamed.

Will Hecks October 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Dear Hear Ya,
Thanks for this fantastic live session. I find the recording to be gorgeous; which is to say: far superior to the actual album recording. I first learned of Surfer Blood from this live session, and found the lead singers vocals to be beautiful. Your sound engineer thus rightly placed his vocals at the fore. Based on this performance I purchased the album and was extremely disappointed. Now, when I want to hear Surfer Blood I come to your site. Thanks – and thanks to the sound engineer at your studio.

Sam August 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Saw them in Brooklyn at Northside Festival, they were so awesome live.

Cool vid :D

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