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Surfer Blood – “I Can’t Explain”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

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Florida based rockers Surfer Blood will return with new album 1000 Palms on May 12 via Joyful Noise Recordings. This is the band’s first record on Joyful Noise, and it marks their return to their DIY ethos. They abandoned the big time studio recordings of their last record and returned home to Florida to self-record and self-produce the record.

They’ve released a few cuts from the album ahead of it’s release, and the latest is the first official single,”I Can’t Explain.” Written by their bassist Kevin Williams, “I Can’t Explain”┬átells a story about a romantic encounter on New Years Eve, and takes its time to really deliver its big punch, a big instrumental outro that is Surfer Blood in their wheelhouse.

“I Can’t Explain” is posted below, along with a recent live acoustic performance that they did for for 91x San Diego. You can also find “Dorian” and “Grand Inquisitor,” the two other songs shared so far from 1000 Palms Read the rest of this entry »

Surfer Blood at CBGB Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014 — with 1 comment

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A few weekends ago the CBGB Music Festival went down in Times Square, offering a free days worth of music from all kinds of great rock and roll bands. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it down in time for We Are Scientists (still kicking myself for missing them), but I did catch Surfer Blood.

Surfer Blood released their latest album Pythons last year, and played tracks such as “Demon Dance” and “Say Yes To Me” as well as older favorites like “Take It Easy” and Catholic Pagans.” Frontman John Paul Pitts had fun with the set, running into the photo pit, going under the stage (all white singing) and then entering the crowd to hang with the audience (which I believe included old band member Marcos Marchesani).

It’s always good to see these guys live, reminding me of the first time I saw them, in the early months of 2010. They’ve come quite a long way since then.

Find some more shots of their performance at the CBGB Festival posted below.
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Not many bands out there are doing what Foals do. Mixing elements of math-rock that makes you rock out and dance simultaneously, as well as creating blissful moments of sincere beauty that will stop you dead in your tracks. They put all of this on full display with relative ease. Many people who were in attendance on Friday night are calling it one of the best shows of 2013 – if not the best. I can’t really argue with that.
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[new]: Surfer Blood – Demon Dance

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Surfer Blood’s new album Pythons is on it’s way soon, set for a June 11 release on Warner Bros. The first song they released from the album was “Weird Shapes”, which has grown to be one of my most played songs of 2013 so far. Today they released the follow-up to that, new single “Demon Dance.”

The band seem to have grown quite a bit since their debut, crafting a more solid rock sound that seems more toiled and put together. They seem to have found a new groove in their sound with quite a hop to their step. They even get some screams in there. I’m liking this one a lot.

[new]: Surfer Blood – Weird Shapes

By Will Oliver, January 29th 2013

Surfer Blood - Pythons

Surfer Blood’s new album, and debut on Warner Brothers, will be titled Pythons. The album press cycle has officially started with the band releasing album cut “Weird Shapes.”

Right away you’ll notice the fine tuned production that hits your speakers with “Weird Shapes.” This crisp, clean, sound must have something to due with production from Gil Norton, the man who produced The Pixies’ Doolittle. It leans harder on a power-pop sound that the band has always played near.

I’m enjoying it a lot, even while trying to forget this.

Listen to the song below and grab the free download at their website.

Surfer Blood Announce Summer Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2012 — with 1 comment

Surfer Blood have announced a group of summer tour dates in support of their last EP, Tarot Classics. The band isn’t hitting up New York City, but they will be supporting Death Cab for Cutie in Cooperstown and will be playing at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey on July 23

Catch the set of dates after the jump.
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Surfer Blood Working With Phil Ek On New Album

By Will Oliver, October 18th 2011 — with 1 comment

Surfer Blood’s new EP Tarot Classics isn’t released until October 25th. Even so, Surfer Blood are about to begin work on album number two.

The band just tweeted that they are about to begin pre-production with producer, Phil Ek, who has worked with the likes of Built To Spill, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, The Dodos and Band Of Horses.

The band has also been tweeting some photos of themselves in a studio, one of which may be possible track titles.

For now, here’s “Miranda” a great cut from Tarot Classics:

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