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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.75
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 8.5
Production 9
Creativity 7.25
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 81%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.44
Musicianship 8.94
Lyrics 8.38
Production 8.69
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 7.88
Reviewer Tilt 8.63
Average: 85%

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Reviewed by: Jeremy Aaron (02/09/10)
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
Record Label: Kanine
Release Date: January 19, 2010

Who?

Surfer Blood are a much buzzed-about indie rock band from West Palm Beach, FL. Their debut full-length Astro Coast follows their highly praised single "Swim", which was released late last year.

How Is It?

As you might imagine, it's yet another interpretation of classic surf-rock, but as crowded as this scene seems to have gotten lately, most of its practitioners do the style quite well. Surfer Blood are no exception, and their varied approach makes for an intriguing album. "Swim" has about as much bombast as you'll find on an indie rock single, while songs like the opener "Floating Vibes" display a Teenage Fanclub-like expertise with catchy, buzzing riffs and sweet, summery melodies. Not content to be painted as one-dimensional, they take a page from the Vampire Weekend playbook on "Take It Easy", with its quirky rhythms and percussion.

Given their fuzzed-out sound, it's easy to make comparisons to Pavement's skewed lo-fi pop, and while that's occasionally an accurate depiction, Steven Malkmus and company were never in the business of writing in-your-face hooks like "Twin Peaks", which would almost feel at home in a cheesy '80s movie. Like Pavement, though, as well as the sunny '60s music it semi-imitates, it's prime slacker rock that refuses to take itself too seriously. "Never could hold still for long and I could never hold a job. Coupled with a weakness for cocaine and liquor not much you can do for love," vocalist John Paul Pitts sings on closing track "Catholic Pagans". No, I suppose not. And when he sings "Take it easy on me," on the deliberately unraveling "Slow Jabroni", it pretty much sums up the whole laid-back tone of Astro Coast. It's a charmed life, and with Surfer Blood writing the soundtrack, even the tiny bitter pills become that much easier to swallow.

For Fans Of: Teenage Fanclub, Army Navy, and Vampire Weekend

Track Listing1. Floating Vibes (4:00)
2. Swim (3:19)
3. Take It Easy (3:56)
4. Harmonix (4:46)
5. Neighbour Riffs (2:08)
6. Twin Peaks (3:38)
7. Fast Jabroni (3:03)
8. Slow Jabroni (6:05)
9. Anchorage (6:23)
10. Catholic Pagans (3:12)


LinksCheck out Surfer Blood on Myspace and last.fm.
Preview/Buy the album at Amazon MP3.
 
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07:22 AM on 02/09/10
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I love this record, though I heard their really not that great live. Anchorage is such a good song too. I see this getting tons of plays during the summer.
07:24 AM on 02/09/10
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I found this album to be refreshing. For certain will be in regular rotation when summer rolls around.
07:32 AM on 02/09/10
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Not so great live, but the record has some awesome moments. I'm a fan.
07:38 AM on 02/09/10
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If you like this you should really listen to Real Estate's self-titled album. It's fantastic.

07:38 AM on 02/09/10
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Still trying to get into this. Pretty mehhh about it right now.
07:43 AM on 02/09/10
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If you like this you should really listen to Real Estate's self-titled album. It's fantastic.
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08:34 AM on 02/09/10
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I don't know how you can review this band without a mention of Superchunk.

I really enjoy this album. If people dig the big 90s throwback guitars on this album they should check out Japandroids.
09:20 AM on 02/09/10
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I don't know how you can review this band without a mention of Superchunk.

I really enjoy this album. If people dig the big 90s throwback guitars on this album they should check out Japandroids.
I actually dig this more than Japandroids, if that says anything.
09:44 AM on 02/09/10
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I actually dig this more than Japandroids, if that says anything.
As a whole I would say that, too. There were a few songs off of Post-Nothing that blew me away, but Astro Coast is a much more dynamic album. I could see these guys doing big things this year.
10:32 AM on 02/09/10
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Japandroids >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Surfer Blood, but both bands rule.
10:51 AM on 02/09/10
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If you like this you should really listen to Real Estate's self-titled album. It's fantastic.

much agreement
10:52 AM on 02/09/10
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Japandroids >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Surfer Blood, but both bands rule.
they don't sound very much alike to me
11:15 AM on 02/09/10
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they don't sound very much alike to me
That was my bad. I was comparing the two based solely on their guitar sound on same of the tracks.
11:26 AM on 02/09/10
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love this album. currently one of my favorites of the year so far.
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