Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Listen: Surfer Blood, Astro Coast

This is kind of an addendum to next week's tm3am, which is all about indie buzz. Surfer Blood, a quartet from West Palm Beach, fits the criteria well - they're a new band, on their first album, and they're all about 20. Astro Coast picked up some serious buzz upon its release last month, so much so that you'd expect something brilliant right out of the gate.

In reality, the album is just okay. If the Beach Boys had grown up listening to Pavement, they might have made this instead of "I Get Around." But it's basic guitar-rock with a hint of surf music, and the quality is simply not sustained, even over the 40 minutes of Astro Coast. Buzz or not, these guys need to mature a little more, and write some more songs, before they're worthy of the praise they're getting.

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