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Premiere: Surfer Blood – “Frozen”

New Album Snowdonia Due Out February 3 via Joyful Noise

Jan 17, 2017

Surfer Blood's fourth studio album, Snowdonia, is due out February 3 via Joyful Noise Recordings and Under the Radar has the premiere of new song "Frozen." The band leaps back to the fold in familiar fashion with jaunty guitar phrasing and zeal that makes you think of The Vaselines with a big grin on your face.

Watch: Surfer Blood - “Matter of Time” Video

Snowdonia Due Out February 3, 2017 via Joyful Noise

Dec 13, 2016

Surfer Blood are releasing a new album, Snowdonia, on February 3, 2017 via Joyful Noise. Previously they shared the album's first single, "Six Flags in F or G." Now here's a video for "Matter of Time."  More

Surfer Blood Announce New Album and Lineup, Share “Six Flags in F or G”

Snowdonia Due Out February 3, 2017 via Joyful Noise

Nov 03, 2016

Surfer Blood have announced a new album, Snowdonia, and shared its first single, "Six Flags in F or G." It's the band's first album since the death of guitarist Thomas Fekete, who passed away in May after a hard fought battle with cancer. More

R.I.P. Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete

He Lost His Battle With Cancer Last Night

May 31, 2016

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete passed away in his sleep last night. He had been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Fekete's wife, Jessica, announced the news this morning on the GoFundMe page that was set up to help raise money to pay for his medical bills. More

Dec 14, 2015

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Recently several of his fellow musicians rallied behind him and donated previously unreleased songs to be sold to help pay his medical bills. Now Fekete has put out his own release, a solo cassette entitled BurnerMore

Watch: Surfer Blood - “Grand Inquisitor” Video

1000 Palms Out Now via Joyful Noise

Sep 14, 2015

Surfer Blood have shared a video for "Grand Inquisitor." Jason Harvey directed the animated clip, which a press release describes as such: "A surreal account of one musician's unlikely journey to fame, it follows a lonely lute player from the parking lot where he's been playing for 1,000 years to the big time, and back again."  More

Jul 09, 2015

Amazon Music (as in Amazon.com) have put together the Amazon Acoustics compilation that features artists covering other artists' songs acoustically. Surfer Blood's take on OutKast's megahit "Hey Ya" in on the comp and can be streamed here. They turn the funky song into a delightful folk-rock number.  More

May 26, 2015

Touring the U.S. behind their brand new album 1000 PalmsSurfer Blood found themselves the victims of a robbery when someone broke into their van in Schaumburg, IL, and stole thousands of dollars worth of personal items and gear. More

May 04, 2015

As is their want, NPR First Listen is streaming several of next the couple of weeks' notable new albums, including the new ones from Surfer BloodJoanna GruesomeTyondai Braxton, and Patrick WatsonBlanck Mass (aka Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons) is also streaming his album,Dumb Flesh, via Soundcloud.  More

Listen: Surfer Blood - “Island”

1000 Palms Due Out May 12th via Joyful Noise

Apr 23, 2015

Surfer Blood are streaming a new song from their forthcoming third album. Entitled "Island," it's track 2 on 1000 Palms, which is due out May 12th on Joyful Noise. More

Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood Provides Update on Cancer Treatment

GoFundMe Campaign to Help Fekete's Treatment Progresses

Apr 22, 2015

Surfer Blood recently shared an update on Facebook from their guitarist Thomas Fekete, who, as we reported earlier in the week, is undergoing cancer treatment. More

Apr 20, 2015

Thomas Fekete, the guitarist for Surfer Blood, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, sarcoma, which involves a tumor forming in the connective tissues of bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, nerves, fat, and blood vessels. More

Surfer Blood Announce New Album, “1000 Palms”

Share New Track, "Grand Inquisitor"

Feb 16, 2015

Following their 2013 LP PythonsSurfer Blood have announced the release of their third studio album, 1000 Palms. More

Oct 21, 2014

Over Columbus Day weekend, CBGB took over Times Square in New York for a series of live performances. Our photographer Johannes Andersen was there to cover the action.  More

Sep 11, 2013

Kicking off a headlining tour across North America this fall in support of their newest album Pythons, Florida quartet Surfer Blood recently brought their melodic guitar craftsmanship to Google Play's Uncovered Sessions where they played a rendition of The Clash's London Calling standout "Spanish Bombs." More

Jun 11, 2013

Happy album release day to Surfer Blood! In honor of the occasion, check out the last in our long line of behind the scenes videos.  More

Jun 11, 2013

Happy album release day to Surfer Blood! In honor of the occasion, check out another in our long line of behind the scenes videos.  More

Jun 10, 2013

Tomorrow, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track. More

Jun 10, 2013

On June 11, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track More

Jun 07, 2013

On June 11, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track. Check out the next in the line of videos, which features the band breaking down “Say Yes To Me.”  More

Jun 07, 2013

On June 11, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track. More

Jun 06, 2013

On June 11, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track. More

Jun 06, 2013

On June 11, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track.  More

Jun 05, 2013

On June 11, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track.  More

Jun 05, 2013

On June 11, Surfer Blood will release their new album Pythons. Leading up to that, they’ve made a series of videos exclusively for Under the Radar, exploring the ideas behind each track. More

Listen: Surfer Blood – “Gravity” MP3 Stream

Pythons Out 6/11 Via Warner Bros.

May 30, 2013

Take another taste of Surfer Blood’s forthcoming album Pythons (due out 6/11 via Warner Bros).  More

Apr 16, 2013

Poised to release their sophomore LP Pythons on June 11, Florida guitar-fuzz enthusiasts Surfer Blood have put together a new music video for their recent single "Demon Dance." More

Surfer Blood – Under the Radar’s SXSW Party Spotlight

Headlining Under the Radar's First SXSW 2013 Party, Wednesday, March 13 at Flamingo Cantina

Mar 08, 2013

On March 13 Under the Radar will host the first of three free day parties. Leading up to the event we're letting you know about each artist playing. Today we're spotlighting headliners Surfer Blood More

Premiere: Surfer Blood Mixtape

Set to Headline Our First Day of SXSW Parties

Mar 08, 2013

Ahead of our three SXSW day parties, we asked a few of the bands performing to participate in our mixtape project. Check out the contribution from Surfer Blood’s Thomas Fekete, featuring the likes of Bob Dylan, Foxygen, The War on Drugs, and more. More

Under the Radar Announces Three SXSW Day Parties Featuring Surfer Blood, DIIV, Small Black, and more

Also Performing: Shout Out Louds, Foxygen, Marnie Stern, Doldrums, Caveman, Young Galaxy, Girls Names, IO Echo, Mister Lies, Young Dreams, and more

Mar 06, 2013

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for its three SXSW 2013 day parties, taking place on Wednesday March 13, Thursday March 14, and Friday March 15. Featured performers include Surfer Blood, DIIV, Small BlackShout Out LoudsFoxygenPoolside, Young Galaxy, Marnie Stern, Doldrums, Caveman, Girls Names, IO Echo, Mister Lies, Young Dreams, and more. More

Listen: Surfer Blood - “Demon Dance”

New Album Pythons Out June 11

Mar 06, 2013

On June 11 Florida's Surfer Blood will release Pythons, the sophomore follow-up to their 2010 debut Astro Coast. More

Surfer Blood To Tour With Foals

Joint Shows This Spring

Feb 11, 2013

Recently announcing the arrival of their newest album Pythons on June 11, West Palm Beach band Surfer Blood has announced an extended set of tour dates in the lead-up to its release. More

Listen: Surfer Blood – “Weird Shapes”

Pythons Due Out This Summer

Jan 28, 2013

Surfer Blood just dropped a new single called “Weird Shapes.”  More

Listen: Surfer Blood “Tarot Classics” EP

Out Next Tuesday Via Kanine

Oct 19, 2011

Surfer Blood’s new EP Tarot Classics doesn’t hit shelves, streets, and your download store of choice until next Tuesday—but you can hear it now.  More

Listen: Surfer Blood – “Miranda” (School of Seven Bells Remix)

Tarot Classics EP Out October 25 Via Kanine Records

Oct 12, 2011

Remixes for Surfer Blood's new upcoming EP, Tarot Classics are trickling in starting with "Miranda" which was remixed by New York group, School of Seven Bells. More

Listen: New Surfer Blood “Miranda”

Track from Band's Upcoming EP 'Tarot Classics' Due October 25

Aug 30, 2011

In advance of their upcoming EP Tarot Classics, released October 25 via Kanine Records, Surfer Blood have released a teaser stream of the track "Miranda." More

Surfer Blood Announce New EP and Tour

Tarot Classics Due In October

Aug 08, 2011

Surfer Blood have announced their Tarot Classics EP, due October 25 via Kanine. More

Pixies Announce Fall Extension of Doolittle Tour

Band Continues to Play Classic Album, Surfer Blood to Support

Jul 05, 2011

Pixies have announced they are adding tour dates to their "Doolittle World Tour" that include secondary markets starting in October.  More

Under the Radar Charity Auction for Japan Ends Today at 10 a.m. PST and Features Okkervil River

Auction Also Features Surfer Blood and Owen Pallett, and Includes Signed Posters, Vinyl, Headphones, and a Guitar Donated by Hooray for Earth

May 12, 2011

Under the Radar magazine's online charity auction for the Japan relief effort ends today, Thursday, May 12, at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. It's your last chance to get bids in to win an Under the Radar SXSW poster signed by all the artists who played our party, either a guitar autographed by Hooray for Earth or top-of-the-line headphones from Shure, plus 11 pieces of vinyl, 3 CDs, 1 cassette, 2 bags, and an Under the Radar subscription!

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Under the Radar Charity Auction for Japan Features Okkervil River, Owen Pallett, and others

Auction Also Features Surfer Blood and Menomena, and Includes Signed Posters, Vinyl, Headphones, and a Guitar Donated by Hooray for Earth

May 05, 2011

Under the Radar magazine is hosting an online charity auction for the Japan relief effort that starts today and features Okkervil River, Menomena, Owen Pallett, Telekinesis, Surfer Blood, Hooray for Earth, and Porcelain Raft. More

Greetings from Under the Radar’s SXSW Party

Bands Record Exclusive Videos

Mar 21, 2011

During the two days of Under the Radar’s SXSW parties we recorded exclusive greetings from some of the artists playing. In case you missed them on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, we’ve collected them here.  More

Surfer Blood Returns to the 80s For “Floating Vibes” Video

Get a Load of Those Beastie Boys-Style Mustaches!

Sep 08, 2010

Rockers Surfer Blood recently released a video for Astro Coast cut, “Floating Vibes." We have the clip.  More

The Drums and Surfer Blood Announce Co-Headlining Fall Tour

Old Florida Pals Set for Lengthy North American Tour

Jul 26, 2010

The Drums and Surfer Blood, old friends from Florida, played a sold out one-off show together in January at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, and it went so well that they're going to do it again, this time all across the U.S. and Canada as co-headliners. We have the dates. More

Jul 12, 2010

Treasure Island has announced its lineup for the 2010 festival, held October 16th and 17th on Treasure Island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Split evenly between dance music and indie rockers, headliners includeLCD Soundsystem and Deadmau5 (Saturday) and Belle & Sebastian and The National (Sunday). We have the full lineup.  More

Surfer Blood Announce New Tour Dates, Release New Video

Turbo Fruits, Holiday Shores, Monotonix, Drums, Small Black, Ganglians, and Best Coast to Support

Jan 28, 2010

Hot on the heels of their summer-time pop worth release Astro Coast, Surfer blood have announced a slew of dates, that while not quite taking them into summer, will see them playing dates will into warmer months. We have the dates and their new video for "Swim."

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The Drums Unveil “I Felt Stupid” Video

Track and Field Fisticuffs Ensue

Jan 04, 2010

A track and field meet turns into a nasty grudge match in this new music video from the new wave Brooklyn band The Drums. "I Felt Stupid" is on the blog buzz quartet's Summertime! EP. More


Interviews

2015 Artist Survey: Surfer Blood

John Paul Pitts on Music Streaming, Bernie Sanders, Guided By Voices, Star Trek, Puppies, and Disastrous Dates

Feb 26, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from John Paul Pitts of Surfer Blood. Surfer Blood's latest album, 1000 Palms, was released in 2015 via Joyful Noise. More

Surfer Blood: My Firsts

John Paul Pitts on His First Pet, First Movie, First Job, First Car, and Early Musical Experiences

May 20, 2015

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). More


Reviews

Pythons

Pythons

Warner Bros./Kanine

Jun 20, 2013

If Surfer Blood's 2010 debut, Astro Coast, conjured a nondescript mid-'90s alternative rock radio sound-pop melodies, crunchy distorted guitars and the occasional multi-part harmony—its follow-up, Pythons, gets more specific. More

Tarot Classics

Tarot Classics

Kanine

Oct 25, 2011

After the success of their debut LP, Astro CoastSurfer Blood ended up getting snagged by Warner Bros. who will be releasing the band’s sophomore LP (presumably) in early 2012. More

Shure Presents the Under the Radar SXSW 2011 Party Recap – Okkervil River and More

March 18th, 2011

Mar 28, 2011

We were pretty sure that people would show up to our Thursday SXSW party because of our exclusive set by Atlas Sound, and while we were confident that we had an equally strong lineup for our Friday party (which was presented by Shure), we still weren’t certain how many fans would show up. But our immediate concern at the start of the party was whether our first artist would make it in time (if at all). Porcelain Raft (aka Italian born, London-based, Mauro Remiddi) had underestimated how far his hotel was from our venue (The Flamingo Cantina), was running late, and had a dead cell-phone and thus no way to let us know that he was indeed on his way. Thankfully the charming Remiddi arrived with a thousand apologies 10 minutes before he was scheduled to perform and because he’s a one-man band, was pretty much ready to go on time. The crowd, by the way, was as healthy in numbers as the day before, with a to-capacity venue and a line down the block most of the day. More

Astro Coast

Astro Coast

Kanine

Feb 01, 2010

A timeless pop song never goes out of fashion. From The Beatles, to R.E.M., to The Shins, a simple three-chord track that raises goose bumps is perhaps the most alchemical device in music. Florida's Surfer Blood are acutely aware of these possibilities, and on their debut Astro Coast, they shimmy and sway through 10 tracks copiously laden with chill-inducing hooks. More