“Swim (To Reach the End),” off their forthcoming debut, Astro Coast, is pure left coast– from the echoing Brian Wilson harmonies to the Weezer-esque power pop chorus.” – Pitchfork

“You’ll be hearing more from this band for sure.” – Spin

“Surfer Blood make accomplished, hook-filled indie rock with clever arrangements and great harmonies, as performed by four guys who can actually, you know, play.” – BrooklynVegan

On January 19, 2010 Surfer Blood will release Astro Coast, their debut album, on Kanine Records. Surfer Blood will be playing a string of shows in NY during CMJ, and is scheduled to tour with Art Brut and Japandroids in November.

When you think of Palm Beach, Florida, what comes to mind? Palm trees swaying gently in the balmy breeze? Scantily-clad bikini buxom babes rollerblading down an infinite slab of coral-colored concrete? How about anthemic, bombastic, life-affirming indie pop? If the latter didn’t occur to you, let us introduce you to Surfer Blood: they call West Palm Beach home and, while still in their early 20s, have penned an album worth of catchy, summery indie songs that even the most hook-laden power pop band would rightfully be jealous of.

Comprised of members JP (dubbed “The Mastermind” by the rest of the band), TJ, Thomas and Brian, Surfer Blood met one fateful night at an after party for Miami’s Ultra Festival, though they didn’t attend the festival itself (“We do not like the D’n’B,” they proclaim). After discussing music, what else, for the remainder of the night, JP decided to recruit the three other guys to perfect a couple of songs he had been working on for some time, and thus, the band was formed.

Astro Coast was recorded in the band’s dorm room during their Freshmen year at the University of Florida, using musical equipment purchased with scholarship money. The band scrapped the original studio sessions because they didn’t like the way the engineer was affecting their sound.

If you’re wondering about the name, the band ain’t got no surfer blood in them, and actually denounce the surfer kids of their youth for making their high school experience miserable. As for the moniker itself, one of the band members just randomly yelled it out over the radio in the backseat of the band’s car, which is as good a naming process as any.

The guys in the band say that others making music is their inspiration for them to in turn pick up their instruments and see what they can create. Their ambitions include “living comfortably while working hard” and “sticking to the indie circuit,” and nothing seems to be standing in their way. Surfer Blood has already garnered a ton of praise from hometown press, as well as national press outlets such as Spin and Pitchfork.

When the whole nation is revving up the nostalgia for the blissed-out indie vibes of the early-to-mid-‘90s, expect Astro Coast to snag some serious fans.

You can listen, see, and read more on Surfer Blood at BrooklynVegan.

Guitarist/singer: John Paul Pitts

Drummer: Tyler Schwarz

Guitar: Thomas Fekete

Bass: Brian Black


1. Floating Vibes

2. Swim

3. Take It Easy

4. Harmonix

5. Neighbor Riffs

6. Twin Peaks

7. Fast Jabroni

8. Slow Jabroni

9. Anchorage

10. Catholic Pegasus

Tour Dates:


10/20 Santos (Panache showcase)

10/20 Cake Shop (Poptartssucktoasted)

10/21 Cake Shop* (Kanine) 12am

10/21 Pianos (Force Field day)

10/22 Pianos – Brooklyn Vegan (day)

10/23 Market Hotel (Quiet Color)

10/24 Cake Shop (SESAC) nite

10/24 Don Pedro’s (my open bar)

10/24 Brooklyn (after the jump)

with Art Brut

11/6 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

11/7 Lawrence, KS @ the Bottleneck

11/8 Omaha, NE @ TBA

11/9 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

11/10 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

11/11 Ohio @ TBA

11/12 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

11/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

with Japandroids

11/20 St. Louis, MO @ Billiken Club

11/21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

11/25 San Diego, CA @ Casbah

11/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

11/29 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop

11/30 Portland, OR @ Holocene

12/1 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

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