ARTIST: Surfer Blood
TITLE: Tarot Classics
YEAR RELEASED: 2011
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe? College radio would have eaten this up.
LINEUP: John Paul Pitts, Tyler Schwartz, Kevin Williams, Thomas Fekete
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The final independent release for the band blasts away quite a bit of the distortion and leaves the listener impressed with their knack for melody.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Before leaving for a major label, Surfer Blood gave the world Tarot Classics, a very tuneful four song EP with two (remixes) that you can take or leave.
The songs definitely show a knack for hooks and melody, and John Paul Pitts seems to have left a lot of the distortion behind even though the love for the Pixies that show through in the tunes.
The two remixes waste time – a four track EP would have been nice.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They moved from Kanine to Warner Brothers after this EP.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Four nice tracks, but the two remixes drag it way down.