Already a success thanks to its reverb-soaked single "Swim," the Florida band Surfer Blood pulls off a tricky mix of surly post-punk and sunny surf-rock. The group's sound is filled with distortion, but it also manages to conjure images of a day at the beach. Surfer Blood's members, who are still in their early 20s, recorded their debut album Astro Coast in their Florida dorm room before releasing it to an enthusiastic audience.
Surfer Blood's style is often compared to the likes of Weezer, Pavement and Pixies. Atop a flood of swirling percussion and grungy guitar, singer John Paul Pitts' words address everything from confusion, romance and friendship to religion. Their ability to bridge heady topics with fun, punky music has landed the band spots on tour with artists such as Jay Reatard and Japandroids.