“So you found someone new to lap your shit up for a while/ honestly/ sooner or later they’ll find out what you’re made of/ certainly/ then it’s over.” So sings Surfer Blood lead singer John Paul Pitts on “I’m Not Ready,” the first song on Tarot Classics, the follow-up to his band’s buzzed-about debut, Astro Coast. If he’s fretting his audience abandoning him, he needn’t worry. While this EP may dial back some of the Floridian quartet’s rockier aspects, the hooks — particularly on the rollicking “Miranda” and the jammy “Voyager Reprise” — are still there, albeit kind of mellow. Luckily, EPs are commonly transitional/one-offs, and Surfer Blood still has a chance to show us their fangs on the next proper full-length.
By Ryan Reed on 06.11.13 in Reviews
Surfer Blood's sophomore album commences with "Demon Dance," a rattling exorcism of paint-peeling classic-rock crunch, with frontman John Paul Pitts baring his blackest soul: "The hounds of hell need love and care," he s...
By Sean Fennessey on 01.19.10 in Reviews
May our year of surfing and beaches and windswept abandon burn up and fade away. In its place, more bands like Surfer Blood, a troupe with little time for burbling chillwave, instead favoring an old time-y sound —...
By Liz Pelly on 04.22.14 in Reviews
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By Maura Johnston on 03.07.14 in Features
Fondly misremembering the '90s with the VA trio's The Drop Beneath.