Brand new track shared here
Surfer Blood is sharing the new video for ‘Matter Of Time’, the latest track to emerge from their fourth studio album, Snowdonia, due out February 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings / Secretly Canadian. A sonic departure for the band, it’s their first release since 2010’s Astro Coast that lead singer John Paul Pitts has written and mixed alone. The new video is accompanied by the announcement of a UK headline date at London Oslo on March 23rd, 2016, alongside a stack of U.S. tour dates- full details below.
While much of Snowdonia finds the band tackling heavy themes like mortality and ageing through longer, more complex songs, ‘Matter of Time’ is a classic Surfer Blood pop song, keeping things upbeat while Pitts explores the decision of when to get married. Its accompanying video is lighthearted; the high school yearbook theme inspired by the fact that all four current members — Pitts, drummer Tyler Schwarz, bassist Lindsey Mills, and guitarist Michael McCleary — attended the same high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. You can watch the video viaYouTube, and see below for a side-by-side comparison of the video’s “yearbook” and the band’s real-life yearbook photos.
In addition to ‘Matter of Time’ and previously released single ‘Six Flags in F or G’, Snowdonia features the most narrative and autobiographical material Pitts has ever written, with ‘Carrier Pigeon’. Shortly after former guitarist Thomas Fekete was diagnosed with cancer, Pitts’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and began undergoing chemotherapy. Inspired by her illness, ‘Carrier Pigeon’ embodies his attempts to reconcile the love that he has for his parents with not always loving how they choose to see the world.
Other tracks on the record attempt to deal with ageing in a more playful way. ‘Taking Care of Eddy’ was written about Pitts’ girlfriend’s great uncle, Eddy, an 84-year-old who suffered stunted development after a car accident as a child. As a result, he thinks and acts like an eight year old, has Parkinson’s disease, and can’t get around by himself, but maintains a childlike sense of wonder. While taking care of him hasn’t been easy, Pitts tried to inject some of Eddy’s playfulness into the song.
Snowdonia was written specifically with the band’s current lineup and new strengths in mind: wanting to play up McCleary and Mills’ vocal skills, Pitts wrote layers of vocals into almost every track and added call-and-response parts between himself and Mills throughout the album. With enormous attention to detail, the eight tracks onSnowdonia make the album Surfer Blood’s most ambitious release yet.
UK Tour Dates
23 March LONDON Oslo https://www.songkick.com/store/events/28771179
U.S. Tour Dates
27 January Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury
28 January Mobile, AL @ The Merry Widow
29 January Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
30 January Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (upstairs)
1 February Austin, TX @ The Parish
3 February Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
4 February Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
6 February San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company
7 February San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
9 February Portland, OR @ Holocene
10 February Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
11 February Seattle, WA @ Barbosa
12 February Seattle, WA @ Barbosa
14 February Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
16 February Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
17 February Los Angeles, CS @ Teragram Ballroom
18 February San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
19 February Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
21 February Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
14 April Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
15 April West Columbia, SC @ New Brookline Tavern
16 April Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
18 April Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
19 April Allston, MA @ Great Scott
20 April Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
21 April Washington, DC @ DC9
22 April Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
23 April Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
24 April Louisville, KY @ Zanzibar
25 April Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse @ The International
26 April Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
29 April Miami, FL @ Gramps