It's not every day one releases a new website. Maybe you've noticed, maybe you didn't...maybe it's even your first time on Baeble. But the site before you today (sniff it, inhale it, breathe it in...it's still got that new site smell!) is a very big deal indeed; the product of months of hard work and endless rounds of programming on our end.
In honor of the stylish new makeover, we've teamed up with the equally stylish folks at Keds
to offer you the unique opportunity to score yourself a free pair of kicks, and check out some awesome live video filmed in Austin during SXSW '10 along the way. For the next three weeks we'll be releasing performances from some of the most exciting bands to take over Austin during this year's festival. And we're starting with a band we've been trying to get our hands on for months.
Blending grungy guitar riffs with over-'verbed vocals and a percussive heavy backbone, Palm Beach Florida's Surfer Blood
have rallied plenty of fans in their favor with a tasty crop of skittish, indie pop. Their sound, as captured on their impressive debut disc Astro Coast
, is a classic mix of rock's finest past and present offerings...perfect for personal consumption, or stylishly blaring loud and proud for all your friends to see.
I supposed the same can be said for a brand new pair of Keds
. What a slick new pair of sneaks? Here's how you'll score:
1. Embed Surfer Blood's video from SXSW on your MySpace/Webpage/tumblr, or add a link to the show on your Facebook or twitter.
2. Take a screenshot of your work, save it as word doc or image, and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. That's it! You'll be automatically entered into our Embed For Keds contest!
When you think of Palm Beach, Florida, what comes to mind? Palm trees swaying gently in the balmy breeze? Scantily-clad bikini buxom babes rollerblading down an infinite slab of coral-colored concrete? How about anthemic, bombastic, life-affirming indie pop? If the latter didn't occur to you, let us introduce you to Surfer Blood: they call West Palm Beach home and, while still in their early 20s, have penned an album worth of catchy indie songs that even the most hook-laden power pop band would rightfully be jealous of.
Comprised of members JP (dubbed The Mastermind by the rest of the band), TJ, Thomas Brian and Marcos, Surfer Blood met one fateful night at an after party for Miami's Ultra Festival, though they didn't attend the festival itself (We do not like the D'n'B, they proclaim). After discussing music, what else, for the remainder of the night, JP decided to recruit the three other guys to perfect a couple of songs he had been working on for some time, and thus, the band was formed.
If you're wondering about the name, the band ain't got no surfer blood in them, and actually denounce the surfer kids of their youth for making their high school experience miserable. As for the moniker itself, one of the band members just randomly yelled it out over the radio in the backseat of the band's car, which is as good a naming process as any.
In January 2010, Surfer Blood will release Astro Coast, their debut album, on Kanine Records. Their first single release, Swim (To Reach the End), with its deliciously deafening swaths of reverb and feedback, comes across like early Orange Juice covering every song on Weezer's Blue Album at once. When the whole nation is revving up the nostalgia for the blissed-out indie vibes of the early-to-mid-'90s, expect Astro Coast to snag some serious fans as soon as it's released.