On Tour: Surfer Blood

A summer night at the Firebird feels like just the right setting to enjoy Surfer Blood’s sunny, sophisticated mix of surf-rock and indie pop.

The band was born at a high school in West Palm Beach, Florida, where all four current members attended. They made a big splash in 2010 with their debut album, Astro Coast, and the single “Swim.” They were catapulted into indie-rock stardom, receiving praise from Pitchfork and NPR, playing at SXSW, and going on tour with alt-rock legends The Pixies.

Three albums later, they’re touring behind their newest album, Snowdonia, which they released in February. The album carries on the essence of their original sound, once described as “if the Beach Boys had overdrive pedals,” along with added vocal harmonies and longer, more intricate songs.

Snowdonia has put some real momentum behind Surfer Blood, and this should be a great time to see them live. New songs like “Matter of Time” and “Frozen” have catchy harmonies and singalong choruses to get the crowd going. Combined with some nostalgia for their earlier work and the proven awesomeness of their live performances, this is a promising show indeed. | Karl Beck

Surfer Blood plays the Firebird in St. Louis on Friday, June 2. Local rock band Aquitane will open the show.

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