Surfer Blood returns to Rose Music Hall on Monday night to bring their breezy surf rock back to Columbia. The band will be supporting their newest album, Snowdonia, this time around. Snowdonia is a return to form for a band that struggled over the last few years to match the critical success of Astro Coast — the band’s debut album.
Following the passing of bassist Thomas Fekete in 2016, lead singer John Paul Pitts was writing on his own for the first time without a friend and founding member of the band.
“It was a little lonely at first,” Pitts told KEXP in an interview earlier this year. “I’d grown so used to Tom introducing me to four out of five of all my favorite bands, so his taste was really important to me, and his approval was always something that I was seeking out. My strategy was write a lot and don’t criticize, and do something that Tom would be impressed by.”
Snowdonia is the band’s most complex record to date. Themes of grief and mourning are disguised by the familiar bright guitar tones and upbeat melodies of Surfer Blood’s past.