West Palm Beach rockers Surfer Blood will be hitting Australian shores in less than 2 weeks time for Splendour in the Grass (and of course some cheeky side shows). For those like myself who are missing out on Splendour or can’t make it to Melbourne or Sydney to check out these boys live, it’s only appropriate that you receive the lowdown on their latest album Pythons.
After the release of their debut album Astro Coast back in 2010, Surfer Blood had made themselves quite at home within the surf rock genre which gained themselves some pretty cool titles, earning places on the “best of” lists for Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Filter, Paste, NME and the BBC. This time around though, after a bit of a turbulent year for lead singer JP Pitts, Surfer Blood have successfully made the interesting transition to 90s college rock.
There’s hints of grunge in ‘Slow Six’, a waltz like feel within ‘Needles and Pins’ and included in almost every song on the album there’s hooks that’ll get any crowd screaming along. Its sound feels youthful yet melancholic and nostalgic all at the same time, exactly what the genre asks.
When I begin listening to an album and consider reviewing it, I always listen to the music first, and then I consider the lyrics… You get a certain feel for each track, and then you let the singer tell you the story. Surfer Blood have written an album for the broken hearted. It’s filled with lyrics of confusion, pain and even pleading. If you look too far into the lyrics and the false accusations placed against Pitts in 2012 (read article here to learn more), then you’ll start to put two and two together. However, in relation to ‘Demon Dance’, the second single off Pythons, Pitts told Rolling Stone, “The lyrics may seem cryptic compared to the straightforward nature of the song, but the song is about dishonest and cruel people I’ve encountered against the backdrop of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Take what you wish from that statement.
Despite the potential for individuals to crazily dig way too deep into what exactly the lyrics are about, this album is actually really good. If you’ve just recently broken up with the love of your life, this album could be your much needed therapy. Better yet, if you’re roadtripping it to Byron for Splendour then I highly recommend including some Surfer Blood tracks into your Splendour playlist to help you get into the mood for a crazy long weekend. Personally, I’d include ‘Say Yes To Me’, ‘Squeezing Blood’ and ‘Weird Shapes’, you won’t regret it!
Surfer Blood tour dates can be found here.