It's not very often you go into a show blind and leave wowed but that what my reaction to seeing West Palm Beach, Florida's Surfer Blood last night at Bruar Falls. I think I was expecting a slightly poppier take on the shambolic noise skuzz that blows through smaller Williamsburg venues these days. But, despite reverbed vocals and echo guitars effects that would sometimes seize and glitch like an episode of Tim & Eric, Surfer Blood make accomplished, hook-filled indie rock with clever arrangements and great harmonies, as performed by four guys who can actually, you know, play. You hear so little music like this anymore from new bands — Seattle's BOAT come to mind — that is this catchy, skilled but not polished. It's not going to change your life or anything (yes, they do sound a little like the Shins), but it'll have you humming and awaiting the next time they come through town. I only wish I'd known about their first NYC show so I could've seen them more than once.
Big ups to Rachel for basically forcing me to go to the show. I owe you a Coke. Surfer Blood's debut, Astro Coast, is out soon the above MP3s are from it. It's real good. I also put a song on today's Summer Fridays mix so check that out. They play Philadelphia tonight before heading back to Florida, and then the Midwest in September. The band told me they'll be back in NYC for CMJ in October. All tour dates and some video from last night after the jump.
"Swim (to Reach the End)"
Surfer Blood 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 28 Millcreek Tavern Philly, Pennsylvania
Aug 29 New French Bar w/ On The Take, Sugar Glyder, The Curious Crandalls Asheville, North Carolina
Sep 10 1982 All Ages Venue Gainesville, Florida
Sep 11 Club Down Under w/ The Whale and Tundra , Tiny Teeth. Tallahassee, Florida
Sep 12 Wonderroot w/ Grand Prize Winners from Last Year, Satan’s Youth Ministers, El Fossil. Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 13 JJ’s Bohemia w/ Satan’s Youth Ministers Chatanooga, Tennessee
Sep 14 The Southgate House Cincinatti, Ohio
Sep 15 The Vollrath w/ tba Indianapolis, Indiana
Sep 16 The Empty Bottle w/ Starfucker Chicago, Illinois
Sep 17 Bottom Lounge w/ The Fake Fictions Chicago, Illinois
Sep 18 Cal’s Liquor with Panda Riot Chicago, Illinois
Sep 19 Lemmons St Louis, Missouri
Sep 20 The Hi-Tone Cafe w/ Tanks Memphis, Tennessee
Sep 21 Circle Bar New Orleans, Louisiana
Sep 22 The Crowbar w/ Maserati Tampa, Florida
Sep 24 Backbooth w/ Buffalo Gun, No Circus Orlando, Florida
Oct 3 Trash Bash @ the Wayward Council Gainesville, Florida
Oct 20 Halifax Pop Explosion Halifax, Nova Scotia
Oct 30 Gainesville Fest 8 Gainesville, Florida