Saturday, August 3, 2013

CD Review: New Music From Fitz And The Tantrums And Surfer Blood

A couple of bands on the rise since their debut albums are the R&B pop/dance sounds of Fitz & The Tantrums and alternative rockers Surfer Blood. Fitz & The Tantrums released their latest album back in May and it has been climbing up the charts hitting #26 thanks in part to the album's lead single "Out Of My League" and an opening slot on Bruno Mars' latest tour.
 
The new album entitled "More Than Just A Dream" is full of dance/pop hits waiting to be discovered like the big beats of "The Walker." They find that perfect mix of a powerful chorus and dance floor grooves on "Spark," before continuing with a more classic R&B sound on "6am." The songs "Fool's Gold" and "Last Raindrop" seem prepped and ready for the clubs to turn them into dance-fueled anthems. The band does revert back to that classic R&B sound on "Get Away," before closing with the big chorus of "MerryGoRound."
 
Fitz & The Tantrums are mixing in some headlining dates along with their opening slot on Bruno Mars' tour. For more information on the band, please visit fitzandthetantrums.com.
 
The Florida-band Surfer Blood are looking to break-through with their latest album "Pythons" which was released back in June through Sire Records. The album was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Counting Crows) and has more mainstream appeal than their debut album.
 
The album is comprised of ten short, to-the-point songs that have a fun, raw, energetic appeal like in "Demon Dance" and "Gravity." The band also show a moody side on "I Was Wrong" as they draw a close similarity in style to the classic alternative band Weezer. The band put their heart into their music as you feel the love on the pop-punk sound of "Say Yes To Me." They give in to the slow-pop of "Needles And Pins" before returning to the guitar buzzing rock of "Slow Six" and the up-beat "Prom Song."
 
Surfer Blood just announced their 25-date U.S. fall tour. For more information about the band, please visit surferblood.com

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