Surfer Blood is an indie rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida, signed to Warner Bros. Records. The band has four members: John Paul Pitts (lead vocals/guitar), Thomas Fekete (guitar/backing vocals), Kevin Williams (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Tyler Jerry “TJ” Schwarz (drums) .
Founding members John Paul Pitts and Tyler Schwarz originally didn’t like each other in high school, but when they started playing music together things began to click . They met Thomas Fekete at an Ultra Music Festival afterparty in Miami and the group was formed with the immediate goal of releasing a record and touring nonstop.
The band was originally called Jabroni Sandwich.Schwarz randomly came up with the name Surfer Blood during a conversation with Pitts about his surfer backpack from High School.
Their 2009 debut single “Swim” gained much critical acclaim and was named as the 37th best track on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2009.They released their debut album Astro Coast in January 2010 to critical acclaim. The band have been chosen by Les Savy Fav to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curate in December 2011 in Minehead, England.
On October 25th, 2011 Surfer Blood released the Tarot Classics EP on Kanine Records. Artists that contributed remixes to the EP include Totally Sincere (Connor Hanwick of the Drums and Peggy Wang of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Speculator, School of Seven Bells and Allen Blickle.
The band opened for the Pixies during their Doolittle Lost Cities Tour in 2011.
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