Surfer Blood performing at the House of Blues in Cleveland in 2013
|Origin||West Palm Beach, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, pop punk|
|Labels||Kanine, Warner Bros. Records|
|Members||John Paul Pitts
|Past members||Brian Black
Surfer Blood is an American alternative rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida, signed to Warner Bros. Records. The band has four members: John Paul Pitts (lead vocals/guitar), Thomas Fekete (guitar/backing vocals), Kevin Williams (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Tyler Schwarz (drums).
Founding members John Paul Pitts and Tyler Schwarz started playing music together in Orlando, Florida. They met Thomas Fekete at an Ultra Music Festival afterparty in Miami and the group was formed with the immediate goal of releasing a record and touring nonstop.
The band's 2009 debut single "Swim" gained much critical acclaim and was named as the 37th best track on Pitchfork's 100 Best Songs of 2009. They released their debut album Astro Coast in January 2010.
The band were widely considered to be the breakout band of 2009's CMJ Music Marathon. In March 2010, playing songs from their debut album Astro Coast, Surfer Blood made quite a splash at the SXSW NPR music party (and returned to SXSW in 2011). In May 2010, the band played at the ATP music festival curated by Pavement along with other groups such as Broken Social Scene, The Walkmen, and Atlas Sound. Later that month, Surfer Blood headed over to Spain to join the lineup at the San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival. In August of that year, Surfer Blood finished out the summer playing two more festivals; Splendour in the Grass in Australia and Summer Sonic in Tokyo.
On October 25, 2011, Surfer Blood released the Tarot Classics EP on Kanine Records. The EP's first single "Miranda" debuted on Pitchfork on August 30th, 2011 and "I'm Not Ready" was named NPR's Song of the Day on December 8th, 2011. Artists that contributed remixes to the EP include Totally Sincere (Connor Hanwick of the Drums and Peggy Wang of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Speculator, School of Seven Bells and Allen Blickle.
The band opened for the Pixies during their Doolittle Lost Cities Tour in 2011. The tour came about after Pitts met the Pixies in an airport in New Zealand and they said they were already familiar with Surfer Blood's music. Surfer Blood performed a cover of their song "Gigantic" for the AV Club's music-video series "AV Undercover" which Pitts says he'd like to think that was "the needle that broke the camel's back when it came to the decision" to tour with them.
On March 31, 2012, frontman John Paul Pitts was arrested for domestic battery in Lake Worth, Florida. According to the police report, Pitts was arguing with his girlfriend when he threatened to harm himself and eventually assaulted her. Pitts initially pleaded not guilty before agreeing to a "plea and pass" agreement; if he is compliant, his guilty plea and all charges will be dropped in April 2013.
On January 9, 2012, they appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where they performed the single "Miranda" off of Tarot Classics. The next day, news spread that the band would be entering the studio in February of 2012 with producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill) to record their highly anticipated sophomore album which will be released on Warner Bros. Records.
On January 21, 2013, they uploaded a new song off their next album, Pythons, called "Weird Shapes".
- Tarot Classics (October 25, 2011)
- "Swim" (2009)
- "Slow Jabroni" (2009)
- "Take It Easy" (17-04-2010, Kanine Records)
- "Swim" (01-05-2010, re-release on Rough Trade)
- "Floating Vibes" (28-09-2010, Kanine Records)
- "Miranda" (2011, Kanine Records)
- "Demon Dance" (2013, Warner Bros. Records)
Appearances in media
- The band's song "Swim" is playable in the video game Power Gig: Rise of the SixString. "Swim" and "Floating Vibes" have also been released as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series through its Rock Band Network service.
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- "Surfer Blood - Weird Shapes [Official Audio". YouTube. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
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- "Surfer Blood Announces New Album Pythons, Tour Dates :: Music :: News :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
- Belin, Jay (2011-06-16). "A Quickie With Surfer Blood's Thomas Fekete". NBC New York. Retrieved 2013-06-15.