So Surfer Blood's January debut, the air-guitar-inspiring Astro Coast, has been making a resurgence into my playlist of late — as well as a strong run at my half-formed list of the year's top albums. How lucky for me, then, that Surfer Blood happen to have booked a double-show at Lincoln Hall this Thursday with Brooklyn reverb fiends The Drums. (I'm not kidding about that air guitar, either: I found the riffage on Astro Coast so righteously gritty and deliciously melodic that I recently felt compelled to hole up in my room with my guitar for a weekend solid and figure out how to play the whole damn thing, start to finish. Funny thing is, it turns out that people actually find air guitar more annoying if you're playing the right air-notes. Go figure. End ridiculously long parenthetical aside.)
The first time you listen to Astro Coast, the hooky cuts run right for the pleasure centers of your brain: the two-chord fist pump of "Floating Vibes," the open-palmed, heavenward reach of the arena-rock chord progression on "Swim." The more I listen to it, though, the more the sorrowful, simmering tracks like "Anchorage" and "Catholic Pagans" creep up on me. Meanwhile, even though it's taken a while for Surfer Blood's live show to catch up with their impressive work in the home studio, their recent session over at my hometown blog Halfway House Music shows that they're growing into a tight performing outfit — and, at that point, I reckon there'll be no stopping them at all.
Of course, the Drums are no slouches either, and if that's your bag, they're technically co-headlining with Surfer Blood, so you can expect plenty of psychedelic new wave-y goodness to spread on top of your Dinosaur Jr./Pixies/Weezer-flavored bangers. Both bands will play two back-to-back shows at Lincoln Hall on Thursday, 10/14; an all ages (read: cuter) show at 7 p.m. and a 21+ (read: funner) show at 10 p.m. Best believe RFC will report back with photos and a review.
(Surfer Blood live photo courtesy of Stereogum.)