Last Night: Foals and Surfer Blood at Fitzgerald's
Thursday was quite the busy night in Houston, with most of the city's venues hosting national touring acts. Paramore and Gaslight Anthem were at the bigger rooms, but the real hot ticket was a sold-out showing of Foals and Surfer Blood at Fitzgerald's. It's been a while since both bands were in Houston, so crowd anticipation was thick throughout.
Most people in the building were there to see headliners Foals, but as soon as Surfer Blood hit the stage, a noticeable conglomerate of fans made their presence known. It had been two years since Surfer Blood last played in Houston, when they played the hidden gem at the House of Blues complex, the Bronze Peacock Room, and four years since their H-town debut at the once storied Mango's (remember that place?), where they opened up for local heroes Buxton. This was a far cry from either of those shows, and even if the Foals fans were the majority Thursday, Surfer Blood surely made quite the statement here.
The Floridians played most of their first album, Astro Coast, with a few new songs peppered in. While they were much heavier on the "surfer" than they were the "blood," the new songs reminded me of Blue Album/Pinkerton-era Weezer with an early Green Day edge, topped off with a dash of the Beach Boys for good measure.
Front man JP Pitts -- for some reason, I've had his number in my phone for the past four years -- took charge of the show and never let up. He wanted to keep playing, announcing late into their set that they had four more songs left, only to be told soon after they only had time for two. He was the most bummed-out person in the building after hearing that news.
Closing the set with their most popular number "Swim," the crowd seemed pretty content with the show they were just given. Foals, though, were definitely on everyone's mind at that point, which was apparent when Pitts announced they were set to come on next.