Announce UK & Euro Tour Dates
Share New Lyric Video For Frozen –
New Album – Snowdonia – Out February 3 2017
Surfer Blood have announced a string of UK & Euro tour dates in support of their new album Snowdonia (due out on February 3 via Joyful Noise Recordings / Secretly Canadian). The 12 date will run will take the Florida band across Europe ahead of an 8 date UK stint through March 2017, including a London Oslo headline on March 23. The tour is on sale now, and Surfer Blood are currently sharing a new lyric video for ‘Frozen’ – watch here.
A sonic departure for the band, Snowdonia is their first release since 2010’s Astro Coast that lead singer John Paul Pitts has written and mixed alone. It finds the band tackling heavy themes like mortality and raging through longer, more complex songs, while still incorporating plenty of their signature pop hooks.
Snowdonia features the most narrative and autobiographical material Pitts has ever written, with “Carrier Pigeon.” Shortly after longtime Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete was diagnosed with cancer, Pitts’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and began undergoing chemotherapy. Inspired by her illness, “Carrier Pigeon” embodies his attempts to reconcile the love that he has for his parents with not always loving how they choose to see the world.
Other tracks on the record attempt to deal with raging in a more playful way. “Taking Care of Eddy” was written about Pitts’ girlfriend’s great uncle, Eddy, an 84-year-old who suffered stunted development after a car accident as a child. As a result, he thinks and acts like an eight year old, has Parkinson’s disease, and can’t get around by himself, but maintains a childlike sense of wonder. While taking care of him hasn’t been easy, Pitts tried to inject some of Eddy’s playfulness into the song.
Snowdonia was written specifically with the band’s current lineup and new strengths in mind: wanting to play up guitarist Michael McCleary and bassist Lindsey Mills’ vocal skills, Pitts wrote layers of vocals into almost every track and added call-and-response parts between himself and Mills throughout the album. With enormous attention to detail, the eight tracks on Snowdonia make the album Surfer Blood’s most ambitious release yet.
EURO TOUR DATES
10 March NETHERLANDS Rotterdam Rotown https://www.rotown.nl
11 March NETHERLANDS http://bit.ly/2jP4pFs
12 March GERMANY Berlin Urban Spree http://bit.ly/2jPa0Mf
14 March FRANCE Paris Supersonic http://bit.ly/2juTWy7
15 March BELGIUM Brussels http://bit.ly/2k0V9AL
UK TOUR DATES
16 March BIRMINGHAM Mama Rouxs http://bit.ly/2kg9PZT
17 March BOURNEMOUTH The Winchester http://bit.ly/2jPdpKQ
18 March LEEDS Brudenell Social Club http://bit.ly/2juOriZ
19 March MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen http://bit.ly/2k0O6bn
20 March GLASGOW Broadcast http://bit.ly/2jPfuGG
21 March LEICESTER The Cookie http://bit.ly/2jc3Q6L
23 March LONDON Oslo http://bit.ly/2jnTi7V
24 March CARDIFF Club Ifor Bach http://bit.ly/2kquLNk