Headlining an unusually late show at the TLA on Friday night, Florida four-piece Surfer Blood offered a short but polished set to start off the weekend. Still in the first week of their headlining tour in support of sophomore effort Pythons, the show felt well-rehearsed, offering a solid balance of new material and tracks from their previous releases. Kicking things off with the beachy vibes of "Neighbour Riffs," frontman John Paul Pitts led the band through a set that-- like their albums-- kept things brief, squeezing in 16 songs in just over an hour.
Highlights of the set included Pythons standout "Demon Dance" and a pop-infused take on Astro Coast lead single "Swim," along with the incredibly hum-able hook of "Squeezing Blood." Overall, the band puts on an understated but energetic performance, sticking to the straightforward sound they've perfected on their albums with limited instrumentals and a laid-back presence on stage. The simplicity of the set, along with the intimate size of the crowd and Pitts' brief foray among the fans at the front, made the evening relaxed but enjoyable for those in the audience-- though they may have wished for a few more songs. Surfer Blood continues their tour across the US throughout October, wrapping up on the 29th in New Orleans.