Surfer Blood - 1000 Palms

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Surfer Blood formed in West Palm Beach, Florida and '1000 Palms', their third album, is the first since signing to Fierce Panda for the UK and Europe. You may recall that Surfer Blood were quite the breakout band of 2009: in the midst of their own 10 gig marathon at New York's CMJ Pitchfork took one look at their 'Astro Coast' debut on Kanine and praised its "lo-fl clangor, glo-fi harmonies, punchy retro-garage concision and never-out-of-style classic rock songcraft...the band appears to have arrived at its enormously likeable sound organically." Touring with Pixies and playing every cool festival on the known planet only seemed to solidify Surfer Blood's place in the hipster heartland. After a frustrating time at previous home Warner Brothers, the quartet were beyond ready to return to a more DIY recording process, completely void of the middlemen scrutinizing every bar of previous LP 'Pythons'. With the band self-recording it was in the glamourous setting of an attic studio above a doctor's office where drums were committed to tape. Of the work, frontman John Paul Pitts states "fortunately none of us are strangers to DIY recording, so this seemed like the kind of challenge well-suited to our band". The making of '1000 Palms' also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwarz's parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favours, the band had managed to craft everything you now hear on this record.