Surfer Blood is another one of those bands. They came out of seemingly nowhere, received a ridiculous, yet deserving amount of pre-album hype, and are currently riding the wave to victory. Much like Vampire Weekend, these guys formed while at University (University of Florida to be exact) and put together a record in under a year to critical acclaim. Yes, Astrocoast is as good as they say. The West Palm Beach, FL quintet draw influence from Weezer, Pavement, and The Beach Boys to make a strangely perfect amalgamation. Surfer Garage Pop? We’ll go with that. Luckily, the guys bring the goods when they perform.
As part of the process of blowin’ up, the boys spent yesterday evening at their first show in the UK. Huxton Square was a sold out show and people were excited to be there. But the joy wasn’t one sided. You get the feeling watching these guys that they can’t believe it either. “I don’t even know how this happened,” one of them even said to me after the show. But the group’s confidence is in no way shaken by the shock and awe of the situation. They perform tight live versions of their songs. For a record that sounds very production heavy, everything shines through on the stage. The harmonies, the muted guitar licks, the noise, it all sounds great. Every song was performed with precision. These guys had a good time, showed London what they have to give, and put on their best show ever in the UK (bad joke).
The dudes wrapped up their short set with their Astrocoast single, “Swim.” Singer John Paul Pitts introduced the tune, “We recently put out a video for this song,” to which an eager Brit responded, “It’s about FUCKING time!” Don’t know what he was so concerned about, as the set was short and sweet. But as Surfer Blood lapsed into their “hit,” The energy went all the way to 11. If you weren’t impressed by that, then you’ve got some issues. Yes, this band is going places, and they haven’t even hit the crest of this wave. See you at every summer festival!