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Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood
(Kanine Records.)

Riding the wave of the recent surf pop revival are West Palm Beach, Florida’s Surfer Blood. Bad puns and genre tags aside, though, Surfer Blood have crafted one of the year’s first great rock records and marked themselves out as one to watch for 2010.

The band’s vision is never more brilliantly realised as on Swim; a near perfect three minute slice of anthemic power pop. This is one of those occasions where a band catches a moment’s inspiration and gets a song so right that it would be difficult to argue against it. Like anything from Weezer’s Blue album, or The Get Up Kids Something to Write Home About, Swim is as instant as they come and doesn’t look likely to get old anytime soon.

With debut album Astro Coast now officially released, Surfer Blood have caught the Zeitgeist at a good tim,e and look likely to be an early critics favourite for the year. Check out the band performing on their run of late night American talkshows, before they arrive in the UK next month.

Sleekly Lion.