It's appropriate that one of our final concert releases of a very busy 2010 would be this scorching summer set from Surfer Blood
. The fresh faced Floridian outfit are putting the finishing touches on a rather restless year themselves; one that started with the release of their stellar debut Astro Coast
back in January, and fawned heaps of praise wherever in the world they happened to find a stage. They would find plenty.
This particular show was captured on a sticky summer night this past June at the Daniel Street club in Milford Connecticut. Though filming in an unfamiliar setting yielded a somewhat tricky production, what follows is a honest, on-stage (and, towards the end...off) account of one of 2010's most exciting bands. Here Surfer Blood take to tangy, sun kissed fret work and stomp the pedal box moments of grit...the band's raw guitar crunch seeping into a heavy sway of multiple, percussive elements. At the helm of the group, John Paul (JP) Pitts flaunts flailing, haphazard kind of vocals, high on reverb and coloring outside the melodious lines like some newbie version of Stephen Malkmus. Not surprisingly, it's a sound that reminisces more of early 90s buzz bin bands than the contemporary indie fixation with weird electronic acrobatics; a refreshing, throwback spin that has felt very of the moment all year long. - David Pitz
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Surfer Blood: Live at Daniel Street Club