Springtime in Buffalo might not cause many residents to jump on their surf boards and try to catch a wave on the Niagara River, but sunny alternative rock band, Surfer Blood might encourage some to take the plunge. The band will make their way up the east coast for a stop at Soundlab on Tuesday (April 13). Although they hail from West Palm Beach, Florida, Surfer Blood don’t actually surf… but that doesn’t stop them from making their very fuzzy and shimmering surf rock inspired songs about love and heartbreak. Their debut album, Astro Coast (Kanine Records) was released in January and has garnered them lots of attention and some critical acclaim. Their first single, “Swim,” made it pretty high up on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks of 2009. Astro Coast may be an indie guitar-rock album but the band seems to pull inspiration from some diverse sources. The bongos and vocal harmonies on their track “Take It Easy” recall the Beach Boys, and they borrowed the title of their song “Twin Peaks,” from the David Lynch TV series. And although their album might sound something like Weezer circa 1994, it comes off as a little more serious (the band was formerly known as Jabroni Sandwich, but they seem to have grown up with their sound). Land locked surf rockers Turbo Fruits, from Nashville, Tennessee, open the show. Forget the Niagara River and West Palm Beach, just crowd surf.
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $10.