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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

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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