If an argument can be made that an EP can achieve the strength of an LP, then Surfer Blood‘s 2011 release Tarot Classics is certainly worthy of consideration. Tarot Classics harnessed the best of the 90s alt rock aesthetic and transformed it into a modern archetype for perfect pop rock. Addictive, melodic guitar riffs. Sharp, satirical songwriting. Brash, rambunctious vocals. To put it mildly Tarot Classics did not suck.
Surfer Blood appears to be picking up where they left off on the band’s single “Weird Shapes.” The track features vibrant synth lines built around a bouncy batch of power chords fit for The Strokes circa First Impressions of Earth. Front man John Paul Pitts unleashes a shriek at the tail end of the verses that adds a touch of rawness to the track. “Weird Shapes” is the first taste of Surfer Blood’s major label debut Pythons, set for release on Warner sometime this summer. Listen to the track via the YouTube link below. Any readers fortunate enough to find themselves out on the West Coast, can catch Surfer Blood at one of the handful of tour dates listed below.
Surfer Blood on Tour:
Feb 24 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Palace
Feb 25 – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar
Feb 26 – Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp
Feb 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Waters
Mar 01 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Mar 03 – San Diego, CA – Casbah