With age and tragedy comes a new found maturity, for West Palm Beach-based indie rockers Surfer Blood, those experiences have helped shape their fourth album Snowdonia, released February 3rd on Joyful Noise.
B Boys – “Energy”
This song has a really unique drum pattern and it’s very angular and complex at a time when not a lot of bands are doing that. It reminds me of Devo in a really good way and I’d love to be able to see it live soon. They also intentionally bleep the f-word, which leads me to believe that they’re good boys.
Pip Blom – “I Think I’m In Love”
We were lucky enought to tour with Pip and her band in Europe this March. At the time this song hadn’t even been released yet, but they were playing it last at every show. It reminds me a lot of some of the songs off of Blur’s 13, which is high praise coming from me. Hopefully they come over to the US soon so we can play together again.
Prism Tats – “Pacifist Masochist”
We toured with this band back in February and I fell in love with this song. He set up a second microphone through a distortion pedal in order to get that cool talk-box effect and it sounded so cool live. I’m not sure what the lyrics are but the chorus feels really powerful and it was an absolute pleasure to watch every night.
The Drums – “Blood Under My Belt”
I’ve always loved this band and the new music doesn’t disappoint. This song is sweet and timeless and got me hooked immediately. I haven’t gotten around to listening to the rest of the record, but this first track really got my attention.
The Shins – “Half A Million”
We played some shows with The Shins at the beginning of the month and it was a dream come true. I listened to this band nonstop in high school and was estatic when we were given the opportunity to play some shows together. This is a song from their new album that’s been stuck in my head ever since. /- John Paul Pitts, Surfer Blood