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Surfer Blood Premiere New Video for "Demon Dance"

Praise for our local boys made good, Surfer Blood. These guys just keeps rolling in. On the cusp of their Warner Brother's debut, Pythons, the West Palm Beach four-piece graced Rolling Stone's website yesterday, with exclusive first look at the group's newest music video for their single "Demon Dance."

Stating that the troupe stayed true to their "indie-meets-grunge roots," Rolling Stone offered up a guileless overview of the video -- which was directed by the Dum Dum Girls' bassist Malia James.

In the clip, Surfer Blood frontman JP Pitts flexes his acting muscles, playing the protagonist role of a clueless security guard with an overactive imagination. 


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At the beginning of the video, Pitts has an encounter with a damsel in distress, who needs help finding her lost wallet. He just so happens to have exactly what she's looking for, right in his drawer. The rest of the three minutes and thirty seconds menders between Pitt's shiftless daydreams of encounters with said hottie -- images of an ideal prom date, sweaty gym workouts, and other romantic trysts -- and irreverent shots of the rest of the Surfer Blood boys donning snorkeling gear and late '80s executive garbs, brick size mobile phones and all. We don't know how these two ideas came together, could be completely haphazard or maybe part of some sort of master plot in Pitts' head that has gone over ours.

Rolling Stone says these screwy scenes "support the song's odd alt-rock vibe." We don't know about all that, the video is kooky for sure but we don't find "Demon Dance" to be all that peculiar.

The track is undeniably meatier than Surfer Blood's previous work, and, just as Pitts mentioned the last time County Grind caught up with the reserved lead singer, the quartet sounds much more dynamic and crisp that they did on their first outing, Astro Coast.

In "Demon Dance," we don't quite pick up on the grungy aspect Rolling Stones refers to, what we hear is a guitar gravitas on the level of Superchunk and a cathartic howl in Pitts that brings to mind the Pixies' Frank Black.

Either way, rest assured that it looks like our Surfer Blood boys have taken full advantage of everything a major label like Universal has to offer. Perhaps Pythons will not contain the lo-fi shot-in-the-dark charm of Astro Coast, but it seems to be a solid follow up that will squash any sophomore slump chitchats. Look out for the record, due out in stores June 11th.

Oh and here is your not so exclusive, second dibs peak at the video.



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