In existence for just over a year, Surfer Blood seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed.
The West Palm Beach, Fla., quartet's debut full-length, Astro Coast, is an uncommonly cohesive set of songs informed (but never bound) by 25 years of Indie Rock touchstones and founder/frontdude John Paul Pitts’ own unique vision, which includes everything from the album's distinctive visual design to its relationship-delving lyrics. Released by tiny Kanine Records in January and anchored by the addictive album-opening one-two of “Floating Vibes” and “Swim,” Astro Coast gathered steam quickly, racking up positive notices across the Internet, including a rave from the influential tastemakers over at Pitchfork.
In anticipation of Surfer Blood’s debut MidPoint appearance, CityBeat recently phoned Pitts to discuss his band's rapid rise from grandiose bedroom project to music-festival veterans. Read Jason Gargano's full interview with him here.
Surfer Blood plays the MidPoint Music Festival Friday at The Cincinnati Club downtown. Get all the MidPoint details here, including band descriptions, daily schedules, venue and shuttle bus maps and ticketing options.