If you’re a fan of Weezer and Editors and ever thought, “I wonder what they’d sound like mashed together?” Surfer Blood is your answer. That’s the first impression I got when deciphering their sound. Quite a bizarre pairing but this American quartet make it work.
As a band that’s been on the scene for 5 years now they’ve given us a generous insight into what they’re about. With their distinct sound and cheery melodies they manage to capture a hazy 90's alternative rock feel and make it fresh. Their latest offering, 1000 Palms, doesn’t stray far from that at all.
Their authentic and crafted vintage feel is particularly evident on spacey "Dorian" that reminds me so much of early Weezer. It’s simple, but it works. This layered with the dusky chants of frontman John Paul Pitts makes a very unusual yet harmonious pairing to the sound of the record. The likes of "Island" shows that best as he reaches for more challenging notes with ease on this surfy tune.
The tracks seem to flow effortlessly into one another which only adds to the laid back summery feel to 1000 Palms. The chilled out, breezy beat of "I Can’t Explain" and its acoustic undertones show that best. It fills your head with a soundtrack to summertime and festivals – something you just want to let play and completely let go to.
1000 Palms is an excellently put together album. It’s upbeat simplicity is layered with polished vocals and synthy guitar work that creates one hell of a summer playlist. Even though the limited tracks available show some shift from earlier guitar driven tunes, Surfer Blood have produced a well put together, clean set of songs that will no doubt go down a storm.