Florida’s Surfer Blood burst onto the scene seemingly fully formed behind its debut full-length, 2010’s Astro Coast, which garnered kudos from just about every corner of the Internet, including the profile-boosting tastemakers at Pitchfork. Unlike a lot of blog-driven hype, the praise was well deserved: Astro Coast holds up every bit as well as it did the day it surfaced, its 10 songs touched by more than two decades of Indie Rock, from Sonic Youth and Pixies to Brighten the Corners-era Pavement and the criminally underappreciated Seam.
The brainchild of frontman John Paul Pitts (he wrote most the debut record in his bedroom before employing a touring unit) is well aware of the perils of instant success, as he relayed to CityBeat just before the band’s stop at the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival.
“Stuff happened for us so fast that it makes me worried that the life cycle of our band will be shorter,” he said. “I think it’s harder for bands today — they have to keep putting out good records and they have to stay on the road. They can’t afford to be like The Beatles and decide they don’t want to tour for the last five or six years of their career.”
And while the band’s 2013 follow-up, Pythons, didn’t quite reach the creative heights of Astro Coast, it nonetheless contains its share of catchy, expertly crafted Indie Rock. More importantly, the quartet is now a well-oiled live unit, delivering its reverb-laden tunes with the dexterity they deserve.
SURFER BLOOD plays at the Southgate House Revival Wednesday, Oct. 15. Find tickets/more info here .