ARTIST: Surfer Blood
YEAR RELEASED: 2013
CHART ACTION: #127
SINGLES: Demon Dance
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe some on college radio.
LINEUP: John Paul Pitts, Tyler Schwarz, Thoma Fekete, Kevin Williams
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A less noisy, more poppy effort that cut the distortion and let the songs come through.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Their love of distortion was tempered on this, their major label debut, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lesser effort or that they sold out.
Instead, they let the distortion be an accent and the melodies and hooks come through clearly. While some didn’t agree with this change, what it meant was a more accessible album for casual fans, while keeping the songwriting and feel (without a lot of cluttery noise).
There’s still some guitar heft, and definite Pixies influence here. It’s a darn good modern pop record, and a fun listen.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: John Paul Pitts had some legal troubles resulting from a domestic incident in 2012, and that delayed the record.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes – two extra songs
GRADE: A-: It’s a nice, pleasant listen that you’ll be humming along to in no time.