Once indie-music fans got their paws on Surfer Blood's debut, Astro Coast, the band quickly blew up nationally and seemingly out of nowhere for anybody outside of the Sunshine State. But South Floridians saw it coming. The West Palm Beach-born band had been impressing audiences locally before its debut single, "Swim," was named the 37th best track on Pitchfork's 100 Best Songs of 2009.
Now the band's third album, 1000 Palms, is a little more than a month from release. And for the band, this new album has been all about getting back to basics.
"It feels like the last few years were kind of a false start," says Surfer Blood lead singer J.P. Pitts. After being dropped from Warner Bros., the band convened in Portland, Oregon, and started writing and recording the new album, which they finished before joining their new label, Joyful Noise Recordings. "Everyone at Joyful Noise seemed to be really into it, and it worked out. They were super-hands-on, and we got really lucky that we landed on our feet."
Pitts said 1000 Palms, to him, seems more "lush" and "detailed." Some may call it overproduced, but the band's attention to this album's details are a direct effect of being less-than-thrilled with their previous effort, Pythons. "I'm really happy with this record," Pitts says. "I definitely think we made the right choice, and it's a step in the right direction."
The hometown boys are now gearing up for a show in Deerfield Beach on Friday. The free concert is part of Surfers for Autism's South Florida Spring Music Jam. The show is the last the band has scheduled until starting its May tour, which kicks off at the massive Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta. The month or so off precedes the May 12 release of 1000 Palms. Its new indie label is the current home of Sebadoh and Joan of Arc.
Surfer Blood doesn't make its way to South Florida often, which is odd considering they were birthed right here in West Palm Beach. But luckily, the band is making the trip at the perfect time for a Florida beach concert. The hot-as-balls part of summer is still about a month off, so fans won't have to watch Surfer Blood's reinvigorated indie rock through beads of sweat.Surfer Blood with Time With Tom and Buddy Sparrow. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Deerfield Beach Main Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. Entry is free. Visit surfersforautsim.org.