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Interview, Ticket Giveaway: Surfer Blood

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Surfer Blood will perform with Team Spirit and Andy Boay at Crescent Ballroom on Thursday, Oct. 24. The surf-rock quartet is touring in support of its sophomore studio album Pythons, produced by Gil Norton and released in June via Sire Records.

The Spec recently had a lovely chat with John Paul Pitts (lead vocals/guitar). Read on to learn about what JP has to say about Pythons, kangaroos, and a Madonna karaoke experience, and enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the upcoming Arizona gig…

The Spec: How did the process of writing the music for Pythons differ from that of Astro Coast?
John Paul: Astro Coast was written and recorded at the same time over the course of six months in my bedroom. I really felt like I had to finish it as soon as possible. At one point, I had ten songs done and I just felt compelled to finish it more than anything else.

With Pythons, it was a lot different because at that point, it wasn’t just a bedroom project anymore, it was a band. We were, by that point in time, a group of people who had travelled together and played hundred of shows together, so we all spoke the same musical language. We had something we did together that brought us together.

When we really got down and started writing, we realized we all had a lot of ideas that we’d come up with over time and set aside. We had a lot of songs written before we got into the studio. This was our first time with a studio and a producer. We had 25 songs by the time we went to Los Angeles to record this record. I’d say that the whole writing, then recording was definitely new for this album whereas before everything was sort of copied and pasted together by me in my apartment. The differing aspect is the two different approaches to making a record.

TS: What is the key element that solidifies Surfer Blood as a band?
JP: We’re a band that changes a lot. We try new stuff and we try to reinvent songs that have even already been written. I feel like Surfer Blood is a band as an entity whichever stage in time we are in. It’s the result of being a band that has travelled and has toured together and is still together with the same line up. I think that’s what solidifies the band.

TS: What’s the first word that comes to your mind when I say Phoenix, Arizona?
JP: Desert. Yeah, you know, it’s very hot. And actually Gin Blossoms is the second word that comes to mind. The band from the ’90s. I really liked them when I was younger, and I know they’re from Arizona, so Gin Blossoms.

TS: If you could go to any planet, which would you travel to first?
JP: Well, one that was habitable probably. I think I’d like to go to one of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn, I feel like there’s probably a lot of variety there. They’re all different. I think spending the day on a couple of the different moons would be a good thing to do.

TS: Would you rather be a PC or a Mac?
JP: Probably rather be a Mac. Because they’re more expensive, and I want to be considered valuable by people. They have less viruses, and I don’t like being sick. Probably a Mac.

TS: Would you rather have an immense collection of classic vinyl or an immense collection of out-of-print cassette tapes?
JP: That’s a good question! I do have a decent collection of vinyl but not really one of cassettes. So I’d go with those.

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I dance the craziest when I listen to…
Ooh, what makes me dance funny? That’s a good question. “Like A Virgin” by Madonna, probably. I did karaoke to that one time and I feel sorry for anyone who had to watch it.

If I could be any animal, I would be a/an…
Kangaroo. I’ve had the biggest fortune of hanging out with some recently. We went to Australia in August…you can just walk up to these kangaroos and the ones raised in captivity are actually very friendly to humans… you just get to see how they interact with each other and it just looks like a lot of fun. They’re very cute and social. I think they would actually make a decent pet. So that’s what I’d like to be.


Below, enter to win a pair of tickets to see Surfer Blood at Crescent Ballroom on Oct. 24. This event is 16+. Winner will be notified by email on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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