Artist: Surfer Blood
By: Philip Moreno
The slickly produced sophomore album from fuzz-rockers Surfer Blood is a step in the right direction for the young band. Mired in legal situations, lead singer John Pitts voice is pushed to the fore-front here. And, while that is usually a good thing, the lyrics about past loves occasionally hit a raw nerve when you think about his pending legal case (charges of domestic battery have been dropped). Anyway you slice it, he is walking a tightrope here. Though he hasn’t fallen to his death; he is just hanging on.
Putting aside all of the drama leaves us with an interesting album. It’s super polished production is a far cry from their first DYI effort. It was made with indie radio in mind and I bet it gets some play. However, the way indie is moving, this album may sound to good when put up against the new albums from the Foxogyn’s and Portugal. The Mans of the world. If you were a fan of the bands first album, this may not be your cup of tea. Fans of this album may not like the way “Astro Coast” sounds. Personally, I like it when bands sound different from album to album. I hope that Surfer Blood made the change for themselves and not for a record exec…
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