Surfer Blood

WFPK and Vectortone/Production Simple Present

Surfer Blood


Mon · April 24, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood
SURFER BLOOD’s fourth album, Snowdonia, (in stores Feb 3, 2017) is a return to their DIY recording roots, and at the same time, an ambitious step forward, musically and lyrically. Along with plenty of Surfer Blood’s signature catchy pop hooks, the band also concocted several epic and more complex songs with enormous attention to sonic detail. John Paul Pitts wrote and mixed the album alone, for the first time since their debut Astro Coast. The immediacy is intoxicating and the results are fantastic. Surfer Blood get better and better with each album, and we’re betting that they’ll be making great records for many years to come.

Surfer Blood are a magnificent indie rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida that formed when guitarist/vocalist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz started playing better-than-great musical notes together in Dreyfoos High School. New members Mikey McCleary and Lindsey Mills also attended the same high school.

Surfer Blood began recording and touring immediately behind their infectious debut, Astro Coast (2010) and quickly took over almost the entire world (except for the deepest realms of the ocean and really, really cold places). The group followed suit with the Tarot Classics EP (2011), Pythons (2013) and 1000 Palms (2015). Surfer Blood have performed in 5 continents, toured with heroes like The Pixies and Guided By Voices, played on TV, at Coachella and giant festivals throughout the world, while also occasionally plugging in their amps at all-ages house parties. Surfer Blood are the cleanest and nicest band in existence.
Trudging around the sweltering concrete slab that is Brooklyn, the trio known as BOYTOY are here to remind you of soft sand, rolling waves, and ocean breezes. Emerging in 2014 with a ferocious live show, and a self-titled debut that caught the attention of fans and critics from outlets such as Noisey, Stereogum, SPIN, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, NYLON, and Rolling Stone, amongst many others, BOYTOY headed into the studio in Philadelphia this spring with producer Al Creedon (Eternal Summers/Bleeding Rainbow) to record their debut full-length, Grackle, out October 2 on PaperCup Music. The result is 11 tracks of no nonsense, rock n' roll bangers, with three-part vocal harmonies, and melodic hooks galore.

BOYTOY was originally formed in 2013, by Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Van Dyke, with both handling guitar/vocal duties. The two knew each other through touring via former bands, and shared a mutual love of both surfing and skating. They were joined on drums around the release of the BOYTOY EP, by drummer Matthew Gregory Aidala, whose laidback drumming style complemented the slash-and-burn guitar attacks of Saara and Glenn, infusing a different perspective into the songwriting process, and creating a truly collaborative band.

Of the writing process, Saara said, "This record is a full-on collaboration. Some songs came together just through jamming. Others we brought to the group individually to be fleshed out, writing our own individual parts. Everyone sings on this record, which is cool. Ultimately making a diverse record of different styles."

Grackle was chosen as the album's name, first as a nod to SXSW, as the bird nearly out numbers music fans and industry during the annual Austin, Texas conference, and secondly based on the Mexican folklore of the bird, called Zanate in Spanish. Having no voice of its own, the grackle stole its seven distinct songs from the wise and knowing sea turtle. You can hear the Zanate's vocals as the Seven Passions (Love, Hate, Fear, Courage, Joy, Sadness, and Anger) of life. A lot of the material on Grackle has to do with chasing away bad feelings, and not being able to get love from the person you want most to give it to.
Venue Information:
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217