Published Jan 11, 2010TRACK OF THE DAY: It might be hard to believe now, but there once was a time when Weezer straddled the fence between the underground and the mainstream like no one else. But with Rivers and co. making their intentions pretty damn clear, it seems only natural that an indie foil would emerge.
Enter Florida's Surfer Blood, a quartet clearly born on the wrong coast. Their love of Beach Boys-style harmonies and reverb mixed with big guitar riffs, á la the aforementioned west coast power poppers, is a welcome relief in the sea of lo-fi rockers that have emerged in the last year.
Not that "Swim (To Reach the End)" doesn't share many of those bands' hallmarks. The reverb-bathed vocals in particular could get the band ghettoized with the throngs of shitgaze purveyors. But doing so would ignore the band's strength: hooky songwriting, with big choruses that shine through the noise.
"Swim (To Reach the End)" can be found on the band's excellent debut album, Astro Coast, out January 19 on Kanine Records.
Listen to Sufer Blood's "Swim (To Reach the End)" here.