Florida-based indie kids Surfer Blood pull into Mango's tonight, touring ahead of their upcoming Astro Coast
LP. The band was recently anointed by Rolling Stone
's online feature "Hype Monitor"
as "bright and booming and hooky as FM radio in the late '70s."
Rocks Off can hear traces of early "Blue Album" Weezer, fellow Floridians Against Me!, and even a few glimpses of My Morning Jacket in the Surfers' vintage sound. "Swim (to Reach the End)," with its anthemic chorus and echoey vocals, is getting the most spins around the blogosphere. The band says Astro Coast was recorded "on cheap microphones and a student Pro Tools rig" in a dorm room, which adds to the songs' already sleepy feel.
The drone-toned "Harmonix" sounds like it came directly from the Interpol playbook, bloodless and cool, a very far cry from the band's South Florida stomping grounds. The guitar line that opens "Floating Vibes" is as stealthy as anything that Billy Corgan would have spent two years crafting in a Chicago studio in the mid-'90s, but then the sound turns utterly Beach Boys-inflected.
Local boys Buxton, Muhammadali and Freddie Ghonerea and The Gunz open up the show; all three bands are testing out new material for release in the coming year. Freddie Ghonerea is a newer Pasadena band, and continues the storied Chemical City tradition of lo-fi sonics and hidden hooks. They are definitely worth heading to the show early for.
We asked Surfer Blood to pick ten songs that equal their sound. The songs that make Surfer Blood who they are and how they sound. The Beach Boys' inclusion isn't nearly as surprising as Stevie Nicks and Boston, but all good artists are supposed to take their outside influences and create new and weirder things.
1. The Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
2. The Everly Brothers, "All I Have To Do Is Dream"
3. Iggy & the Stooges, "Search And Destroy"
4. Nirvana, "On a Plain"
5. Boston- "More Than a Feeling"
6. Sonic Youth, "Paper Cup Exit"
7. Modest Mouse, "Neverending Math Equation"
8. Built To Spill, "Carry The Zero"
9. Stevie Nicks, "Wild Heart"
10. The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, "Lipstick SS"
8 p.m. tonight at Mango's, 403 Westheimer, 713-522-8903 or www.mangoscafehouston.com. $5.