Whether rock ‘n’ roll is dead or not becomes a moot point when you are enjoying the new music out there. Case in point – Snowdonia from Surfer Blood.
The band suffered a recent tragic loss – guitarist Thomas Fekete lost his battle with cancer last spring – and thus the album deals with darker, heavier themes like aging and mortality, while still incorporating plenty of the band’s signature pop hooks.
Snowdonia is the band’s first release written and mixed entirely by lead singer John Paul Pitts since the band’s 2010’s debut, Astro Coast. Along with Pitts and drummer/founding member Tyler Schwarz, the band’s current lineup features Lindsey Mills on bass and Michael McCleary on guitar.
Fans of 90s alt-rock will thrill to the manner in which the album echoes the sound of Pixies, Sugar, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne and Guided By Voices: pop-rock with an alternative edge.
Songs range from “Six Flags in F or G,” one of the darkest tracks on the record, to “Frozen,” a bouncy ditty that references Seymour Stein – of all people, to “Matter of Time,” the album’s most straightforward pop song, which explores growing up and coming of age issues.
Snowdonia will be released on February 3rd.
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