Surfer Blood Expands Tour

Riding high on
across-the-board praise for just-released album, bookers lining up to get ‘em
before their fees escalate.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Twee-rockers Vampire Weekend may be getting all the
attention and the hype over topping the Billboard charts (which ain’t hard to do depending on how you time a new release),
but Florida’s
Surfer Blood is getting the real press
kudos. New album Astro Coast, which
arrived in stores last week, has critics utterly smitten – including our own,
who enthused thusly in the BLURT review:

 

This is gonna be
2010’s Shins or Band of Horses, so mark these words. Yes, it may be a little
early for such proclamations, but these boys make lofty postulations like this
easy. It’s safe to assume the members of the band were raised on a steady diet
of Weezer, The Pixies, Built To Spill, as well as various influences in the
outer regions of indie rock. But they’ve managed to absorb all of this and more
and regurgitate something all their own.

 

Other, er, tastemakers like BLURT were similarly chuffed. A
sampling:

 

 

“But
even after so many listens, its snowblind-ish reverb is still disorienting–
especially contrasted with its crisp, power-chord hook. It may sound like
they’re hitting you with their best shot, but after an impassioned “oh oh
oh!” from singer John Paul Pitts,
Surfer Blood explodes into an
even bigger chorus and “Swim” becomes almost overpoweringly fist-pumping.”
– Pitchfork [Best New
Music]

 

“Crunchy
riffs, sunny harmonies, inscrutable humor, occasional strings, and Afropop
touches. Adolescent anthems like “Swim
(to Reach the End)” and “Catholic Pagans” show latter-day Rivers Cuomo who’s
daddy.” – Spin

 

“They
dress up their guitar-mad escapades in a stadium-echo kick that Nineties indie
kids were too grumpy to try. ” – Rolling Stone

 

“They’re
young, and so is their music, but we all could use a little Vitamin D this time
of year.” – Vanity Fair

 

“The
way Surfer Blood balances
escapism and grit is a neat trick, and one that never really loses its sense of
wonder.”- The Onion

 

 

So anyhow, the band already had a tour set to kick
off next week with a handful of UK
dates, followed by a U.S.
trek starting Feb. 16 that would steer towards SXSW in March. They’ve now
expanded the tour so it’s effectively doubled in duration and stretches well
into April. Here are the dates:

 

 

02-03 London – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen

02-04 Kingston – Hippodrome 

02-05 London – KOKO

02-09 London – Scala 

02-16 Orlando, FL  – Backbooth
 %

02-17 Deland, FL –
DaVinci %

02-18 Tallahassee, FL
– Engine Room %

02-19 Atlanta, GA
– Drunken Unicorn %

02-20 Nashville , TN
– The End  %

02-22  Charlotte,
NC – Snug Harbor
– %

02-23 Morgantown, WV
-123 Pleasant Street %

02-24  Washington DC
– Dc 9 %

02-26 Hanover,
NH – Dartmouth College  !

02-27 Brooklyn, NY
– Market Hotel *

02-28 New York, NY
– Mercury Lounge *

03-01 Philadelphia,
PA – The Barbary *

03-02 Allston, MA  – Great
Scott *

03-03 Providence, RI  – AS220
*

03-05 Montreal – Il Motore *

03-06 Toronto
– Sneaky Dees *

03-07 Geneseo, NY – Suny Geneseo
College *

03-08 Meadville, PA
– Allegheny *

03-09 Detroit MI –
Magic Stick  *

03-11 Bloomington, IN
– the Bishop  *

03-12 Columbia, MO
– Mojos *

03-13 Lawrence, KS
– Replay Lounge  *

03-14 Oklahoma City – The Conservatory *

03-17 Austin, TX –
SXSW

03-18 Austin, TX –
SXSW

03-19 Austin, TX –
SXSW

03-20 Austin, TX –
Mohawk  [ Panache Booking SXSW Showcase ] *!

03-24 Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space *
03-25 Claremont, CA
– Pitzer College @

03-26 San
Diego, CA – Bar Pink
Elephant @

03-27 Los
Angeles, CA –
Echoplex @

03-28 Las
Vegas, NV – The
Beauty Bar *

03-29 Isla
Vista, CA – Biko
Garage *

03-30 Visalia,
CA – Howie and Sons *

04-01 Santa
Cruz, CA – Metamusic *

04-02 San
Francisco, CA Bottom
of the Hill * $

04-02 Portland,
OR – Doug Fir *

04-04 Seattle,
WA – Vera Project *

04-05 Vancouver,
BC – Bitmore Cabaret *

04-06 Missoula,
MT – The Palace *

04-08 Minneapolis,
MN – 7th Street Entry *

04-09 Madison,
WI – Der Rathskeller *

04-11 Columbus, OH – The Summit
*

04-12 Ithaca, NY – The Shop (Ithaca
College) *

04-13 Buffalo,
NY – Big Orbit Soundlab *

04-15 Princeton, NJ – Terrace Club @ Princeton
*

 

* w/ Turbo Fruits

^ w/ Holiday Shores

& w/ Monotonix

# w/ Drums

! w/ Small Black

% w/ Turbo Fruits
& Holiday Shores

@ w/ Best
Coast

$ w/ Ganglians

 

 

 

 

 

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