|Album Review: Surfer Blood: Pythons|
“No one else can lick their wounds the way I do when I’m with you.
There’s a clear refinement in sound when listening to Pythons. The reverb drenched sound found on Astro Coast has made way for more straight forward guitar work and less distortion. This could be attributed to Surfer Blood signing to a major label but in all honesty, it doesn’t make much of a difference. If anything, this refinement allows listeners to fully appreciate the story telling lyricism that Surfer Blood are so attuned to.
With lyrics like “Damning allegations come to light, stapled to the background in black and white” as heard on “Squeezing Blood”, Pythons as far as subject matters go is a much darker album compared to its predecessors. And with lyrics like that, it doesn’t help but bring to mind singer John Paul Pitt’s 2012 arrest for domestic battery even though the album was fully written before the incident occurred. However useless gossip aside, Surfer Blood do what they do best: juxtapose the bleak with summery, surf pop melodies and addictive choruses to wipe the mind of any and all negativity. Pythons shines best with Pitt’s powerful vocals emitting nothing but raw emotion, heard best with his repeated refrain of “I was wrong” on the track of the same title. A much darker record but Pythons continues to be as fun as any of Surfer Blood’s previous releases. You may even find yourself singing it to yourself on a crowded train with other passengers staring at you. And if that happens, party on people.
Surfer Blood released track by track commentary videos for Pythons which you can watch here: http://youtube.com/user/surferblood
Surfer Blood is John Paul Pitts, Tyler Schwarz, Tom Fekete, Kevin Williams, Buster The Shark.