photo credit: Frank Maddocks
Florida indie-rockers Surfer Blood will be back on wax in a couple weeks (Tuesday, June 11) with a new record called Pythons.
Surfer Blood formed back in 2009 in the southeast Florida town of West Palm Beach (birthplace of the Butterfly Ballot). The band met, appropriately, at a music festival after-party in nearby Miami. They made their first recordings in the apartment of leader John Paul Pitts. Surfer Blood released their first single, “Swim,” later in 2009, and it made it on Pitchfork’s list of 100 best tracks of the year. The band’s debut full-length, Astro Coast, followed in 2010.
For their latest LP, the band decamped to Los Angeles to work with producer Gil Norton–whose credits include helming projects for bands like The Pixies and The Foo Fighters. Pythons’ lead track is a big, hooky tune called “Demon Dance.” It’s a muscular tune that recalls the heady days of late 90s alt-rock, when a song could race up the charts with equal parts crunch and pop smarts.