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Review: Surfer Blood - "Demon Dance"

Surfer Blood

After putting out a debut album, touring nonstop, dropping an EP, then touring some more, Surfer Blood are gearing up to unveil Pythons, a record that is so far shaping up to be the band's most fluent work to date.

Dropping what was left of their lo-fi sound on the Tarot Classics EP, John Paul Pitts and crew deliver an instant power pop classic with "Demon Dance". Pitts' usual enigmatic lyrics are matched with a song structure that could be written off as a routine rock mold, but through sheer panache ends up acting as the ultimate host to the tune's charming narrative. The couplets are sharp, the hooks are effortless and the bridge brings in just the right amount of resistance. The mix could use a little tweaking, but that's not stopping the track from standing out as one of the year's best.