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West Palm Beach rock band Surfer Blood have announced the release of new album and major label debut Pythons, out this summer via Warner Bros Records. The first song off the album, entitled "Weird Shapes" premiered today on the band's website www.surferblood.com. "'Weird Shapes' is a left of center pop song about someone who is about to go through a manic ... Read more in Amazon's Surfer Blood Store

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  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kanine Records
  • ASIN: B002ZPIBG8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Floating Vibes
2. Swim
3. Take It Easy
4. Harmonix
5. Neighbour Riffs
6. Twin Peaks
7. Fast Jabroni
8. Slow Jabroni
9. Anchorage
10. Catholic Pagans

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Debut full-length from buzzy Florida band praised by NY Times 'Velvet Underground and punk riffs, reverberating textures, African-style guitar filigrees, grunge crescendos, power-pop choruses headed for anthems and, yes, some surf-rock twang', SPIN 'you ll be hearing more from this band for sure', Rolling Stone 'giant-sized choruses, festooned in glitter and lit up with neon', Pitchfork 'lo-fi clangor, glo-fi harmonies, punchy retro-garage concision, never-out-of-style classic rock song-craft'.

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''Surfer Blood know from a good hook, but perhaps what's more promising is how most of their compositions build to their rewards.'' --Pitchfork

''Not that you need notice all the angst for all the crunchy riffs, sunny harmonies, inscrutable humor, occasional strings, and Afropop touches'' --Spin

''The star of the show here is ultimately the group s tuneful popcraft and its subtly gloomy underbelly'' --Filter

''Swim (To Reach the End),'' off their forthcoming debut, Astro Coast, is pure left coast- from the echoing Brian Wilson harmonies to the Weezer-esque power pop chorus. --Pitchfork

You'll be hearing more from this band for sure. --Spin

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on January 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
After changing their name from Jabroni Sandwich in the spring of 2009, Surfer Blood generated a great deal of hype in the months that followed leading up to the release of Astro Coast, their debut album. On December 14, 2009, Pitchfork even listed Surfer Blood's lead single, "Swim (to reach the end)," as number thirty-seven on their list of the 100 best tracks of 2009.

Although Surfer Blood's name and the occasional use of a tremolo pedal might put them up against bands like the Beach Boys, the majority of their album is straight up indie rock. Every song seems to have glimpses of the beach, but their overall sound is much more complex. Astro Coast opens with "Floating Vibes," an incredibly catchy pop track which presents the surfer influence briefly halfway through with the use of heavy reverb and Dick Dale stylistic picking before returning to the fuzzed out guitar and driving drums that make the song memorable. There seems to be a heavy Silversun Pickups influence in the guitar tone which works exceptionally well for this song. The same influence is also present on the ninth track, "Anchorage."

The first single "Swim" follows "Floating Vibes" with what I can only describe as Animal Collective meets Weezer's "blue album." Every song on the album appears to pull ideas from a different band so it's no wonder this song led Surfer Blood to be instantly described as "Weezer-esque" without having heard anything else on the record. Vocals saturated with reverb lead the way on what will no doubt be a crowd favorite when performed live.

The final clear influence that can be heard in Surfer Blood's music is Vampire Weekend. This comparison is most easily drawn from the tracks, "Take It Easy" and "Fast Jabroni.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on January 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The first thing I thought when I listened to this record was that they had managed to perfectly recreate the guitar tone of Autolux, one of the great obscure space rock bands. In a way, this album is like the Future Perfect sequel that never happened, and for me, that's a very positive thing. The songs feature a definite surf-style slant, but the textures and tones are 100% indie rock. If you don't get swept away with the first track, this record probably isn't for you, but certainly, this will be a highly regarded debut by year's end. Expect some very positive reviews pouring out in the next few days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nickel Peterson on February 11, 2011
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Okay so tucked DEEP within a copy of a December Rolling Stone Magazine (which I don't even get but picked up at the gym) there was a teeny tiny reference to Surfer Blood and Astro Coast. Oh man, I didn't think Rolling Stone was even relevant anymore until I searched out this CD and the band.....WOW! Awesome! I'm an instant fan - you can count me in!

It may just be me but in the reverb and hammering basslines peppered all the way through here I'm hearing something else which is perhaps not surprisingly The National from a few years ago but going MUCH further back a very obscure band called Blue in Heaven who were from Europe someplace, maybe Ireland, and had a rocking CD called "All the God's Men" which is probably not even in print anymore. I'd have to check. In any case, this is amazing new stuff from a band with an entirely original perspective. It DOES make me think of the beach, warm climates and a weekend off. I'll be turning my friends on to this one for sure!!Thanks for a great CD!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mvsrocks on July 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I know they have the word "surf" in their name, but despite what many writers claim, Sufer Blood do not actually have anything to do with surf rock. Maybe a little Pixies, a little Sonic Youth, a little Weezer, but no Ventures or Beach Boys here. This album is kinda like Never Mind the Bollocks in that four skyscrapers of a song tower over the landscape: "Harmonix", "Swim", "Floating Vibes", and "Twin Peaks". That shouldn't diminish the other songs in any way though, since not every building can be the Empire State Building. The Flat Iron building and the Chrysler Building are pretty cool too. Lead singer JP laces his songs with water imagery (besides "Swim" and "Floating Vibes" there's also "Anchorage". And the album's called Astro Coast. And there's a picture of a shark's mouth on the cover). This is great, anthemic, jangly guitar rock, with echo-y vocals that refreshingly strain at times to convey a little extra emotion. It's an easy, summertime album to vibe too, but if I had to guess I'd say these guys are more destined to be the Toadies than Smashing Pumpkins. But that's not a dig, because the Toadies were pretty damn good too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Surfer Blood is an up-and-coming indie band from West Palm Beach, which has steadily been rising due to internet-buzz. They only formed in early 2009, if you can believe it (meeting/forming after the Ultra Music Festival in Miami). They released their highly anticipated album earlier this year.

"Astro Coast" (10 tracks; 41 min.) starts off with a thundering "Floating Vibes", then going into "Swim" (1st single), a delicious tune. The great tracks follow: "Take It Easy" reminds me of Vampire Weekend; "Harmonix" is a more pensive tune; the first half of the album concludes with the delicious short 2 min. instrumental "Neighbour Riffs". The 2nd half of the album kicks off with "Twin Peaks", the least memorable track on here. The best of the album is yet to come, though: 2 long (6+ min.) tracks, the first of which is "Slow Jabroni", which is slow to develop but eventually builds into an epic tune; it is followed by "Anchorage", perhaps the signature sing on here, with an uptempo beat that just mesmorizes you. In all, quite the debut album!

I had the good fortune of catching Surfer Blood this past weekend at the MidPoint Music Festival here in Cincinnati, and what a show they put on. Singer/guitarist JP Pitts was in great form, and they played most of the songs of the album (curiously not "Slow Jabroni", though), and a couple of new songs. Can't wait to see where this band will go from here! Meanwhile, "Astro Coast" is highly recommended!
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