I have always been a lover of Surfer Blood. I know there was the whole scandal a few years back and people got all bent out of shape and some people still hold a grudge, but it’s a weird world out there. After the whole Conor Oberst incident I’m inclined to let all that be their issue to deal with and I’ll just love the music. In saying that I do love the music, yeah the first record is still my fav, but Pythons was a great album and I can’t wait to hear this return to raw for Surfer Blood.

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Personally I think the record kinda looks like a palm leaf, which makes me think they should have done 1000 “palm” vinyl records. Missed opportunity if you ask me.

The Details

1000 Palms marks a return to Surfer Blood's DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third full-length album. Free of major-label-influence, Surfer Blood have delivered a uniquely compelling album, unlike anything in their catalog.

The story of 1000 Palms began on January 1st 2014, after playing a New Year’s show in Portland, OR, the band decided to stick around for the rest of the month, renting a practice space and sorting through a backlog of ideas. By February, as their lease ran out, Surfer Blood had recorded demos for most of the tracks that now feature on their third LP.
After a frustrating time at previous home Warner Brothers, the quartet were beyond ready to return to a more DIY recording process, completely void of the middlemen scrutinizing every bar of previous LP Pythons. With the band self-recording it was in the glamorous setting of an attic studio above a doctor’s office where drums were committed to tape. Frontman John Paul Pitts states “fortunately none of us are strangers to DIY recording, so it was a challenge well-suited to our band”.

The making of 1000 Palms also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwartz’s parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favors, the band had managed to craft everything you now hear on the upcoming record.

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