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Surfer Blood’s name is tougher than their sound. No doubt. But what happens when the West Palm Beach buzz group hook up with Baroness drummer Allen Blickle for a remix of Astro Coast’s nimble frontrunner “Swim (To Reach The End)”? It’s an interesting pairing: A longstanding (relatively speaking, in digital-age terms) metal band who’ve been quickly crossing over into a different non-metal realm with their Blue Record aligning themselves with an indie band just arriving at the party. Random? Not really. When we posted Baroness’ “Swollen And Halo,” I quoted a Decibel article where Blickle documented his Savannah band’s listening habits:

I have no idea how the hell we ended up playing this kind of music. When we first got together, all [bassist] Summer [Welch] listened to was King Diamond, [guitarist/vocalist] John [Baizley] was obsessed with old Flood records, and I was into weird shit like the Album Leaf.

Keep in mind the skittering qualities of Jimmy LaValle’s percussion accents (albeit in a sludgier wind-tunnel) while you take in Allen’s “Swim (Alpaca Remix).”

The original:

Astro Coast is out 1/19 via Kanine. Surfer Blood:

01/13 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
01/14 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
01/25 – St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven &
01/26 – Orlando FL @ Backbooth &
01/27 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street Cafe &
02/03 – London @ Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
02/04 – Kingston @ Hippodrome
02/05 – London @ KOKO
02/09 – London @ Scala
02/16 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth %
02/17 – Deland, FL @ DaVinci %
02/18 – Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room %
02/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn %
02/20 – Nashville , TN @ The End %
02/22 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor – %
02/23 – Morgantown, WV @123 Pleasant Street %
02/24 – Washington DC @ Dc 9 %
02/26 – Hanover, NH @ Dartmouth College !
02/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel $
02/28 – New York, NY| @ Mercury Lounge ^^
03/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary *
03/02 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
03/03 – Providence, RI @ AS220 *
03/05 – Montreal @ Il Motore *
03/06 – Toronto @ Sneaky Dees *
03/07 – Geneseo, NY @ Suny Geneseo College *
03/08 – Meadville, PA @ Allegheny *
03/09 – Detroit MI @ Magic Stick *
03/11 – Bloomington, IN @ the Bishop *
03/12 – Columbia, MO @ Mojos *
03/13 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge *
03/14 – Oklahoma City @ The Conservatory *
03/17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/20 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (Panache Booking SXSW Showcase) *!

* w/ Turbo Fruits
^ w/ Holiday Shores
& w/ Monotonix
# w/ The Drums
! w/ Small Black
% w/ Turbo Fruits & Holiday Shores
$ w/ Turbo Fruits, Beach Fossils, Grooms
^^ w/ Turbo Fruits, We are Country Mice, Radical Sons

[Photo by Ian Witlen]

Comments (4)
  1. woa  |   Posted on Jan 11th, 2010 0

    they have huge feet

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