SURFER BLOOD

1000 Palms ★★★ Joy­ful Noise

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

Like many bands years into their ca­reer, Surfer Blood have had their ups and downs. The lat­ter in­clude singer John Paul Pitts’s ar­rest for al­legedly beat­ing up his girl­friend (a charge later dis­missed), gui­tarist Thomas Fekete’s di­ag­no­sis with a rare form of can­cer, and the usual rounds of record la­bel pol­i­tics. All of which makes their third al­bum a case of snatch­ing victory from the jaws of de­feat. As with their thrilling 2010 de­but, Astro Coast, the band’s fuzzy riffs are hazy and sunny, though there are some bit­ter­sweet tones in the wash as well, though none as dark and para­noid as 2013’s Pythons al­bum. Tracks Cov­ered Wag­ons and Do­rian are keep­ers, with their buzzy dis­tor­tion and free­wheel­ing, care­free gui­tars. But Surfer Blood are also ca­pa­ble of ro­bust and in­trigu­ing struc­tures, as on opener Sabre­Tooth and Bone. face­book.com/surferblood

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