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Surfer Blood: Weird Shapes [single]Weird Shapes [single] (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: BryneBryne
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Generally, “buzz bands” in the way people in their late 20s and early 30s remember them don’t sign to major labels anymore. Far, far too many of them flamed out—along with most of the rest of the music industry—for either side to take the risk, and so many of them flourish on indie labels now that it doesn't even necessarily make sense for the band to take the plunge. So it was curious news when West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Surfer Blood joined Warner Bros. in late 2010 after debuting with the excellent Astro Coast that same year via Kanine Records (A follow-up EP, Tarot Classics, arrived in 2011 via the same label, presumably as the second record in a two-record deal). Here was a band that played a retrofied combination of reverb-soaked surf rock and post-punk with an understated pop sensibility, and did so on their own terms. Not the kind of stuff that normally joins the rabbit these days.
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