Surfer Blood at the Crystal Ballroom

Surfer Blood did an exceptional job of revving up the audience for Foals. I was surprised to find that the singing was much better live than on recording. They played more new songs than old, and I can now confirm their new album is a major contributor to the 2013 Summer Playlist. You could tell that they’ve played Portland more than once and felt pretty comfortable with the crowd. At one point front man John Paul Pitts literally surfed and introduced himself to the crowd. Their new songs exhibited a lot of similarities to Astro Coast, so fans of their original sound will not be disappointed. There was definitely a much more mature sound that plays in their favor, and John showed more of his “hardcore” background, growling and screaming at some points in the songs.