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It’s been 10 years since a fresh-faced Surfer Blood wowed this particular writer at 2010’s Camden Crawl, the late and often lamented multi-venue weekender that used to be set in North London. Nevertheless, it’s also been an eventful decade for the band themselves. While debut album Astro Coast launched them to a wider audience far and beyond their native Florida, largely due to breakthrough single “Swim,” the interim years represent something of a rollercoaster ride for founding members John Paul Pitts and Tyler Schwarz.

Having relocated to California for a period, seen band members come and go while changing labels several times along the way, Carefree Theatre is the first Surfer Blood record in a long time that genuinely feels like home. That’s probably because singer/guitarist Pitts returned to Florida in 2017 and started writing what became the band’s fifth long player. Not only that, but they’re also back with esteemed independent Kanine Records who put out their debut all those years ago.

Back on familiar territory, Pitts and his bandmates have created arguably Surfer Blood’s finest collection of songs in a long time. Whether it’s the breezy surf pop of “Karen,” the racy “Unconditional,” the melancholic “Dewar,” or four-to -he-floor stomper “Parkland Into the Silence,” Carefree Theatre is a record that demands to be heard in all its glorious pomp. Karen is from the album Carefree Theatre out September 25th, 2020 on Kanine Records.

If you’re looking for a convincing reference point, try opener “Dessert Island,” which could be the long-lost cousin to recently reformed Creation Records stalwarts Adorable’s “Kangaroo Court” in a parallel universe. (www.surferblood.com)

Pitts and his bandmates have created arguably Surfer Blood’s finest collection of songs in a long time. Whether it’s the breezy surf pop of “Karen,” the racy “Unconditional,” the melancholic “Dewar,” or four-to -he-floor stomper “Parkland Into the Silence,” Carefree Theatre is a record that demands to be heard in all its glorious pomp.” Under the Radar Magazine

Surfer Blood, one of the great lo-fi-tinged indie rock bands of the past decade, are gearing up to release their fifth LP “Carefree Theatre”. That arrives on September 25 via Kanine Records, and so far the John Paul Pitts-fronted group has teased us with the singles “Parkland (Into the Silence)” and “Karen.” Today they’re back with the latest taste of the album, a video for their breezy new single “Summer Trope.” The track ebbs and flows with lush reverb-soaked melodies and soaring choruses, another textbook Surfer Blood surf anthem. While the song recounts an Alcatraz prison escape gone wrong, its wondrous music video was crafted with rippling, sun-kissed visual aplomb by director David Hamzik. It follows Pitts as a castaway – dressed in a shaggy wig and beard – stranded and wandering a tropical coastline before being rescued and returned to land to finish up a live gig. It’s a weirdly giddy clip that’s got some pretty neat underwater camerawork on display.Carefree Theatre is the first album Surfer Blood recorded since Pitts moved back to South Florida, and it takes its name from the now-shuttered West Palm Beach DIY venue where he initially cut his teeth as a performer. According to Pitts, the record “is about coming full circle.”

“We’ve had our ups and downs as a band, plenty of changes through the years, but here we are back where we started. After a decade of touring and putting out records, we’re back with our first label just in time for the ten year anniversary of Astro Coast. For all the pushing ahead and not looking back, the past has caught up with us. I don’t mean that in a haunting way, but in the familiar way that warms you from the inside.”

Speaking of Astro Coast, that classic debut LP is getting a special 10th anniversary double vinyl reissue – dropping on August 29th via Kanine Records. 

Limited edition of 500 made. We were planning to sell these on our summer tour… which is unfortunately cancelled. Includes guest vocalists Pip Blom, Winter and Surfer Blood’s Lindsey Mills. Three per order maximum. International shipping available.
Releases August 7th, 2020

Surfer Blood will now release their fifth studio album “Carefree Theatre” on the newly announced date of September 25th.

It’s an album not as much looking back as coming full-circle. The Carefree Theatre in West Palm Beach, FL was the only venue in town for most of the band’s childhood; it’s where kids would go for everything from touring punk bands to community theatre productions. It was the kind of experience that would expose a twenty-one year old songwriter to a world outside of Florida, inspire him to start a band, and tour the country. It’s the kind of resilience and hard-work that that’s admirable in our disposable age, and it looks like the band’s output won’t be slowing down anytime soon: ten years, four full-length records, and a few line-up changes later, the band has re-centered itself with its tightest and most focused songs in years.

The album sees them return to their first label Kanine Records. It was written and recorded in South Florida and is the first record the band has released since John Paul Pitts, the singer and main songwriter, moved back to the state, The news comes with the release of the album’s new single “Summer Trope.” The appropriately titled track does have a very chill summer-feel to it, with a fun music video to go along with it.

Find the video for “Summer Trope” available to watch below.

“Summer Trope” from the forthcoming album Carefree Theatre, out Sept 25, 2020 on Kanine Records.

On May 1st, 2020 Surfer Blood were due to release “Carefree Theatre”, their fifth studio album, and a return to their first label Kanine Records. Written and recorded in South Florida, its the first record the band has released since John Paul Pitts, the singer and main songwriter moved back to the state. It’s an album not as much looking back as coming full-circle.

The Carefree Theatre in West Palm Beach, FL was the only venue in town for most of the band’s childhood; it’s where kids would go for everything from touring punk bands to community theater productions. It was the kind of experience that would expose a twenty-one year old songwriter to a world outside of Florida, inspire him to start a band, and tour the country.

It was a leap of faith the band took in 2010 with the release of Astro Coast, the band’s celebrated debut. Surfer Blood’s rise was remarkable, from rehearsing in a Florida storage container to mainstage at Coachella and touring with the Pixies. Then after an all-too-commonplace major label disaster, the band rebounded quietly, putting out two adventurous albums and consistently touring the world for over a decade. It’s the kind of resilience and hard-work that that’s admirable in our disposable age, and it looks like the band’s output won’t be slowing down anytime soon: ten years, four full-length records, and a few lineup changes later, the band has re-centered itself with its tightest and most focused songs in years.

Surfer Blood reschedules their album release and tour dates. Carefree Theatre is now out July 17th on Kanine Records and their North American tour dates kick off the following week and continue into Feb. 2021. In the midst of the band’s self quarantine, they’ve started a series of home movies. We’re premiering the first edition for the album’s recent single “Karen” that Flood Magazine called “as much an earworm as anything we’ve come to expect from the group over the years…

“Karen” is from the upcoming album “Carefree Theatre” out May 1, 2020 on Kanine Records.

In a lot of ways, Surfer Blood’s forthcoming fifth LP “Carefree Theatre” brings the band full circle. Set to be released ten years after their monumental debut Astro Coast, the record will arrive following frontman John Paul Pitts’ return to his home state of Florida as well as Surfer Blood’s return to their original label Kanine Records—though the turbulent ten-year interim has provided Theatre with a brand new perspective on their debut’s themes.

That said, one track that sounds structurally familiar is “Karen,” which was born of the same universe as a song off Astro Coast. “It was originally supposed to be the companion song to ‘Fast Jabroni,’ but I never finished it and ended up shelving it for over a decade,” Pitts shares. “After moving back home to Florida and re-evaluating my entire life, I decided it was time to revisit the material.”  The move back to Florida also inspired a vision for the breezy tune’s gleaming video, matching Surfer Blood’s tune about someone named Karen taking showers with images of all four band members getting soaked while strumming and percussing along. It’s as much an earworm as anything we’ve come to expect from the group over the years, though there’s a certain sense of comfortability unheard since their Jabroni days.

Carefree Theatre is out May 1st via Kanine Records

Hope you’re all staying healthy!,
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From our bandcamp page, you can grab rare vinyl that was only sold on tour: Covers LP, Hourly Haunts 10″ vinyl EP + shirts & more.

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From Kanine Records bandcamp page you can pre-order our new album Carefree Theatre (coming soon!) on ocean blue vinyl (which is only available for pre-orders) xo Surfer Blood

Band Members
John Paul Pitts,
Tyler Schwarz,
Mikey McCleary,
Lindsey Mills

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Florida natives Surfer Blood released their debut and indie breakout album “Astro Coast” over 10 years ago now.

In 2009 Barack Hussein Obama was President and a scrappy bunch of kids from West Palm Beach, Florida were booking their own shows across the country, sleeping in 24 hour Walmart parking lots and going for broke like only teenagers can. They had songs of MySpace. They became CMJ breakout artists. They had a chance meeting with a Brooklyn indie label. And in January of 2010, Surfer Blood released their debut album Astro Coast, 10 tracks that Pitchfork named Best New Music and said upon release that it “succeeds wildy” as a “relentlessly catchy, ‘classic indie’ album”– and their “debut LP … is first and foremost a great guitar album packed with sing-along hooks, but there’s more going on beneath the surface.” Rolling Stone said “they dress up their guitar-mad escapades in a stadium-echo kick that Nineties indie kids were too grumpy to try.” Surfer Blood spent the year touring the world and were the most blogged about indie artist – blogs were a very big thing – culminating with them landing on everyone’s year end lists.

They spent the year touring around the world playing major festivals in Tokyo, Australia, United Kingdom and at home.They have continued to tour and release music in the past 10 years. For the anniversary, Surfer Blood will revisit their most popular release and include some never before heard material.

The limited edition double coloured (blue / purple) vinyl gatefold release, with 10 unreleased demos and live tracks, a foldout poster and download card, is available on Record Store Day 2020 at participating record stores worldwide. This Record Store Day release Includes download code. Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide. Gatefold vinyl. Exclusive color vinyl.

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Who doesn’t love cover songs? The aptly named ‘Covers’ album features Surfer Blood covering some wildly disparate artists like Outkast, Pavement, Cream, Mudhoney, Modern English, and of course Polaris (aka, the theme-song from The Adventures of Pete & Pete).

This one time pressing is limited to 1000 foil-numbered copies on amber vinyl with black splatter, and includes instant download of MP3 and WAV.

This release is not available via record stores. The only way to get your hands on this bad boy is to order from JNR, or catch the band on tour. “Good Enough” Mudhoney Cover by Surfer Blood off ‘Covers’ out on Joyful Noise Recordings.

A collection of covers we’ve recorded over the years. Limited Edition!
Released October 18th, 2019

Hi!  We’ve just finished recording our 5th album (to be released in early 2020), and right now we’re releasing a teaser EP / 10”, Hourly Haunts, with six brand new songs that won’t be on the album. The limited edition record will only be available for sale at lives shows.

When I set out to write a new Surfer Blood record I had no idea I’d end up with thirty songs. Whenever I sit down to work a new batch of material it usually starts out as a reaction to whatever I was working on last. In this case it was our last record, Snowdonia: an inward-looking record with long interludes that were sparse and fragmented. Now I was ready for the opposite. I set out to write as many short, unrefined pop songs as I could.

It didn’t take long to get some inertia going, the material just kept coming and it felt like it was overflowing. Before I knew it I was sitting on an hour and half of music that felt raw and emotionally satisfying. I worked up the nerve to share the demos with the band and Tyler, Mikey, and Lindsey started sorting through everything. We couldn’t decide on a track listing, so we decided we were going to try and record it all.  It seemed like a crazy idea, but I figured it was a good chance to put everything I’d learned about recording to good use.

We started recording the basic tracks (drums, bass, rhythm guitar) in the winter of 2018. Right away everything was sounding great; the arrangements were coming together, the songs were dynamic, and Mikey and Lindsey were filling the empty space with their delicate harmonies. After a few weeks of all night mixing sessions, everything was falling into place.

“Around Your Sun” is an up-tempo, triumphant love song (or a ‘sensitive banger’ as Lindsey called it). The material from this upcoming Hourly Haunts EP reaches in a lot of new directions, but this one feels like classic Surfer Blood. Loud choruses, straightforward drums, and a sampler of all the new pedal noises we’ve been splatter-painting all over this EP. It’s short and sweet and a great introduction to the next incarnation of Surfer Blood.

The track is a perfect distillation of what made Surfer Blood such a beloved band to begin with — sugary choruses, feel-good vocals and shredding guitars… ‘Around Your Sun’ and the rest of Hourly Haunts represents Surfer Blood’s most refined collection of songs to date.”

Covers

Surfer Blood are releasing a Covers EP as a one-time vinyl pressing, covering some wildly disparate artists like Outkast, Pavement, Cream, Mudhoney, Breeders, and even Hey Sandy by Polaris (aka, the theme-song from The Adventures of Pete & Pete).

Who doesn’t love cover songs? The aptly named ‘Covers’ album features Surfer Blood covering some wildly unusual tunes .

This one time pressing is limited to 1000 foil-numbered copies on amber vinyl with black splatter, and includes instant download of MP3 and WAV.

This release is not available via record stores. The only way to get your hands on this bad boy is to order from JNR, or catch the band on tour.

You can stream their take on Mudhoney’s “Good Enough” below. Unavailable in record stores, the nine track EP is limited to 1,000 foil-numbered copies on amber vinyl with black splatter.

Tracklist

  1. Box Elder (Pavement)
  2. Hey Ya (Outkast)
  3. Death and the Maiden (Verlaines)
  4. World of Pain (Cream)
  5. Little Fury (Breeders)
  6. I Melt With You (Modern English)
  7. Summer Song (Chad and Jeremy)
  8. Good Enough (Mudhoney)
  9. Hey Sandy (Polaris)

“Good Enough” Mudhoney Cover by Surfer Blood off ‘Covers’ out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

A darkness pervades John Paul Pitts’ lyrics on “Snowdonia”, the first Surfer Blood album since the death, by cancer, of guitarist Thomas Fekete, but the overall tenor is joyful. It’s a rebooted version of the band, with Pitts and original drummer Tyler Schwarz joined by guitarist Michael McCleary and bassist Lindsey Mills—the latter two the source of the breezy harmony vocals that sweetened the arrangements.

This is a zippy power-pop record, full of crunchy riffs and ringing leads, even as Pitts sings of mortality, aging and sacrifice. Pitts stretches out with multi part song structure on the title track and shifts “Instant Doppelgangers” into high gear with some judiciously placed distortion that hearkens back to 2010’s Astro Coast. But most of Snowdonia is immediate and direct, as bright and sharply defined as the weather in the band’s native Florida. At times reminiscent of the Lilys’ Better Can’t Make Your Life Better, Snowdonia works within formulas, but it does so with aplomb.

We are very excited to announce our new album ‘Snowdonia’ will be released February 3rd on Joyful Noise Recordings!

The new album. Out 2/3/17