Music is a much more healthy tool for escapism than the easy grab for the bottle or a powder that inspires a hit television series, and Surfer Blood‘s latest sunny endeavor, Pythons (Warner Bros.), delivers that anecdote for a bad day or the feeling one has after watching the news.
These days we can use that good day vs. bad dayvibe, and Surfer Blood’s current headlining tour may serve opportunities for catharsis for both the band and music fans alike. This follows the band’s tour with Foals in the early summer and subsequent festival run around, which included some dates in the U.K.
Back in 2010 Surfer Blood emerged with their debut Astro Coast (Kanine Records) and the anthem “Swim,” which soared into ears with a fury. On the new release, the pop in their rock sound is much more prevelant, but the tenacity remains as in moments on “Weird Shapes” and within the dirgy guitar line and periodic blasts of percussion within “Slow Six,” with lyrics that reflect life’s many moments for learning through experience. And one has to always appreciate the usage of cow bell,which leads the way on the bouncing “Prom Song.”
The West Palm Beach foursome have had their trials and tribulations in 2013 and have soldiered on, including this tour. Having seen them open for Foals back in June, these new songs from Pythons come to life beyond the computer or stereo speakers, with lead vocalist John Paul Pitts venturing from the Ogden stage and into the crowd to sing his heart away (only to be one-up’d by Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis who leaped from the second balcony into the crowd below).
Team Spirit joins the tour with a raw and gnarly energy, no doubt warming up the Larimer Lounge crowd with “Fuck the Beach” and their take on the young joining of hearts with “Young Love” from their recent self-titled E.P. Get there early enough to catch this band on the rise.
Oct 15 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Oct 16 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Oct 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
Oct 19 – San Diego, CA – Irenic
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Oct 23 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Oct 24 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent
Oct 26 – Dallas, TX – Tree’s
Oct 28 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Oct 29 – New Orleans – One Eyed Jack’s