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A Pair of Surfer Blood Shows This Weekend

October 4th, 2013

Bands get formed for all kinds of reasons, but the guys who started Surfer Blood did it to play music as much as possible—to record an album and tour nonstop. They made a name for themselves, locally at least, during CMJ 2009, and then even more so with the arrival of their well-received debut, Astro Coast, in 2010. But on this year’s follow-up, Pythons (stream it below), Surfer Blood (above, doing “Weird Shapes” for KEXP FM) successfully leave behind the former’s scruffy guitars and indie surf rock to plunder “college rock for all it’s worth,” according to NME. And so with a new album, the quartet—John Paul Pitts (vocals and guitar), Thomas Fekete (guitar and vocals), Kevin Williams (bass and vocals) and Tyler Schwarz (drums)—is touring (nearly) nonstop, which brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday and to The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday.