Quick Review (LP): Astro Coast by Surfer Blood

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Astro Coast
Kanine; 2010

My Rating: C

Best Tracks: “Swim”, “Slow Jabroni”

It’s simultaneously a strange and a given thing that these guys are indie darlings. On one hand, they sound like a less-interesting-than-Weezer retread of The Cars. On the other hand, a vibe reminiscent of the dorm room goofball pop of The Dismemberment Plan is evident. Overall, it’s decent, but I can’t really see what would set it apart from any other indie band I’m likely to see on any given night in any given club. Even Pitchfork seems to think the lead single “Swim” is likely to remind you of a “Buzz Bin one-off”, and that’s on the way to calling it “Best New Music.” I don’t think so. This smells too much of mediocrity. The hooks don’t pierce and the melody is high but monotonous. I suspect these guys were riding the overly reverb’d wave of indie beach pop, but after a mighty flood, that tide’s going out.

Pitchfork review
Metacritic review