Surfer Blood

Palm Beach, FL

For a band that’s been around just over a year, Surfer Blood has already notched some impressive accomplishments. The Florida quintet’s first single, “Swim (To Reach the End),” came in at No. 37 on Pitchfork’s Best 100 Songs of 2009 and the band’s appearance at this year’s South By Southwest created a major buzz around the band. Released just eight months ago, Surfer Blood’s debut album, Astro Coast, has garnered glowing press comparing them to Weezer, Pavement and Built to Spill. Surfer Blood is ready for its big-time close up.

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