Allen Blickle (Baroness) Remixes Surfer Blood (Stereogum Premiere)

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).”

Surfer Blood – “Swim (Alpaca Remix by Allen Blickle of Baroness)” (MP3)

The original:

Surfer Blood – “Swim (To Reach The End)” (MP3)

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]