On October 24, West Palm Beach based quartet Surfer Blood released the
4 track Tarot Classics EP on Kanine Records. It will be their first extended
release since their breakout debut LP Astro Coast, released in 2010 to
widespread critical acclaim. Amidst a hectic year spent touring nonstop with
the likes of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Interpol, The Drums and others, Surfer Blood put together a tantalising 4 track teaser of things to come, expanding their sonic palette while also, in frontman JP Pitts' own estimation, tightening up their sound considerably. So while the rousing, muscular pop of "I'm Not Ready" - which fans might already recognize as a singalong live
favourite - kicks things off in admirably anthemic fashion, the rest of the EP
also sees the band darting off in exciting new directions. "Voyager Reprise"
and "Miranda" push the band's breezily beautiful and effortlessly tuneful
aesthetic to ambitious, dizzying new heights (complete with horns and samples), but it is the closer "Drinking Problem" which sees the band at their most playful and experimental yet, with the song borne aloft primarily by synths and drum machines, as Pitts sings, "you don't know I can't believe you/ but it's not like I don't want to/ anyone can make excuses/ at least I don't mind".
The Tarot Classics EP was released on vinyl, digital and CD formats, and includes bonus remixes by Totally Sincere (aka Connor Hanwick of the Drums and Peggy Wang of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), San Francisco based Speculator, School Of Seven Bells and Allen Blickle. In addition, the band toured stateside with the Pixies in autumn of 2011, before heading over to the UK for shows with The Vaccines and at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas in December 2011.
Surfer Blood moved to California in May of 2012 to record their second album with legendary producer Gil Norton. Their sophomore album will be released on Warner Bros. Records with a release date TBD.
The band is currently on tour supporting indie rock veterans Death Cab for Cutie. See below for those dates, as well as some headline slots and an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest this November.
Subscribe to Surfer Blood's YouTube channel to watch music videos of their songs - Swim, Floating Vibes and more.