We are head-over-heels for Surfer Blood’s debut album, Astro Coast, highly recommended to us first by Ben’s brother Dan. Dan, being a child of the 90s, loves himself some Weezer, and at first listen that’s the easy comparison to make. Astro Coast is packed with killer guitar hooks; the first single, Swim, will have you sharpening your air guitar skills tout de suite.
But say you are the refined sort of music listener, one who casts a suspicious eye on anything too likable and toe-tapping to possibly be good for you, musically-speaking. Say, in other words, you are Jerry Grit. Well, you’ll love it too! Because he was the next person to recommend it to us. And because Jerry was also somewhat a child of the 90s (he skipped prom to see Pavement), he loves himself some Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus and Dinosaur Jr. These are each, in their own way, apt comparisons too.
Far from being a one-hit wonder, Astro Coast is a blast from start to finish. True to its name (and the band’s home, Florida), it has a surf-rock vibe to match its indie rock sensibilities. (This is probably another reason why Dan, who was in a band called Surfside in high school and seriously contemplated becoming a beach bum, loves it.) “Swim” aside, our two favorite songs are “Fast Jabroni” and “Anchorage.” “Fast Jabroni” builds into a monster jam that the band sustains for one ass-kicking minute, while “Anchorage,” the longest song on the album, ends with lead singer John Paul Pitts singing “I just want volcanoes to erupt and thaw me out” over a propulsive guitar solo and a siren sound that rings over and over like a beacon.
So, there’s something for everyone here.
In other Friday Recommends news, congrats to one-time guest blogger and reliable commenter Mike Allen on his engagement. It’s about time.
She’s a lucky woman! Don’t let her forget it.