Surfer Blood

Though South Florida doesn't have the tides to shoot the curl, West Palm Beach's Surfer Blood fuse sunny surf rock charm with indie rock cool.

Guitarist/vocalist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz have known each other since high school; they started playing together and soon connected with guitarist Thomas Fekete and bassist Kevin Williams, officially becoming Surfer Blood in spring 2009. They began recording and touring almost immediately, laying down tracks in Pitts' apartment and embarking on four tours in their first five months together. The buzz around the band built quickly as they hit the road with Art Brut and Japandroids while preparing their debut album. Released in early 2010 by Brooklyn indie Kanine, Astro Coast was warmly received by critics and introduced Surfer Blood to a greater audience, reaching the Billboard Top 200. Later that year, the band signed to Warner Bros., but released the Tarot Classics EP on Kanine in 2011. Prior to the EP's release, Surfer Blood was pegged to be the opening act for Pixies 2011 tour. Working with former Pixies producer, Gil Norton, they delivered their more-polished major-label debut, Pythons, in June of 2013. After debuting the new single "Dorian" in February 2015, the band announced that guitarist Fekete was suffering from a rare form of cancer called Sarcoma and was leaving the band. Now signed to Joyful Noise Records, they delivered their third LP, 1000 Palms, in May of that year. A month earlier, their song "Swim" was used in an episode of the Netflix superhero drama Daredevil. Following the late 2015 departure of longtime bassist Williams -- to be replaced by old high school friend Lindsey Mills -- Surfer Blood reported that in May 2016, former guitarist Fekete had succumbed to cancer. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

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