Astro Coast is the debut album from Floridian indie band Surfer Blood.
Tom Porter says: With a title like Astro Coast and, indeed, with a name reminiscent of a shark attack, those unfamiliar with Florida’s Surfer Blood will be forgiven for lumping them in with the rest of the American scuzzy beach pop invasion (The Drums, Best Coast, Beach House, etc).
They’d be wrong, though. For one thing, unlike the aforementioned, Surfer Blood won’t be topping anyone’s Cool List this year. They’re far too busy writing unashamed reverb-drenched, hook-laden rock ‘n’ roll to chase a scene. But that’s a good thing.
As is the fact that Astro Coast channels the not dead spirit of Frank Black, Rivers Cuomo and Stephen Malkmus without apology. It’s not big, it’s not clever, but - musically at least - it’s the most fun I’ve had all year.