Surfer Blood have just finished recording their 5th album (to be released in early 2020), and right now are releasing a teaser EP, Hourly Haunts, with six brand new songs that won’t be on the album. The limited edition record will only be available for sale at lives shows, but will also be streaming on August 16.
Fri 8/23 The Saint Asbury Park, NJ
Sat 8/24 BSP Lounge Kingston, NY
Sun 8/25 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
Tue 8/27 Columbus Theatre Providence, RI
Wed 8/28 Ballroom at Outer Space Hamden, CT
Thu 8/29 Monty Hall Jersey City, NJ
Fri 8/30 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Sat 8/31 Dogfish Head Brewery (free) Rehoboth, DE
The 405 writes: “The track is a perfect distillation of what made Surfer Blood such a beloved band to begin — sugary choruses, feel-good vocals and shredding guitars. But the group’s experience pushes the material that much further, as “Around Your Sun” and the rest of Hourly Haunts represents Surfer Blood’s most refined collection of songs to date.
John Paul Pitts talks about the new EP:
“When I set out to write a new Surfer Blood record I had no idea I’d end up with thirty songs. Whenever I sit down to work a new batch of material it usually starts out as a reaction to whatever I was working on last. In this case it was our last record, Snowdonia: an inward-looking record with long interludes that were sparse and fragmented. Now I was ready for the opposite. I set out to write as many short, unrefined pop songs as I could.
We started recording the basic tracks (drums, bass, rhythm guitar) in the winter of 2018. Right away everything was sounding great; the arrangements were coming together, the songs were dynamic, and Mikey and Lindsey were filling the empty space with their delicate harmonies. After a few weeks of all night mixing sessions, everything was falling into place.
“Around Your Sun” is an up-tempo, triumphant love song (or a ‘sensitive banger’ as Lindsey called it). The material from this upcoming Hourly Haunts EP reaches in a lot of new directions, but this one feels like classic Surfer Blood. Loud choruses, straightforward drums, and a sampler of all the new pedal noises we’ve been splatter-painting all over this EP. It’s short and sweet and a great introduction to the next incarnation of Surfer Blood.”
Hourly Haunts is on Persona Non Grata Records, who previously released Pip Blom’s debut Paycheck EP.