Posted by Andrew
History didn’t fail to repeat as I found myself, just as at Pitchfork this summer, in line for a beer when Surfer Blood took the stage. The lights dimmed, the theme to "Jurassic Park" triumphantly rang out, and right off the bat we were hit with "Fast Jabroni." Unlike at Pitchfork, however (or their Daytrotter session), the band didn’t decelerate their songs’ tempos. Either because it wasn’t 100 degrees out, or the fact that they only played for around half an hour last night, the faster-paced songs allowed singer/guitarist John Paul Pitts to exert an intense energy. The range of this guy never fails to impress, the vocal chords working overtime to hit as high of a decibel level as possible. The anthemic “I’m too young to be defeated” of "Twin Peaks" is a forceful maxim, given an extra boost of reality thanks to Pitts’ passion and honesty. The band played new track "I’m Not Ready" and another yet-unnamed new one transitioned into from the outro of "Harmonix." The only real shame of the show was how abruptly their set ended. But for a band playing their second show within a couple hours, everything was air tight from every bass line to every added cowbell. Recent signees to Warner Bros, it sounds like they're on track to avoid the sophomore slump with their transition to the majors.