Usually, people who start bands like each other. That was not the case, at least initially, with John Paul Pitts and Kevin Williams, the founders of the West Palm Beach, FL band Surfer Blood. The pair decidedly didn't like each other in high school but the animosity vanished when they started playing music together. Adding Thomas Fekete, and later, Tyler Jerry Schwarz they worked under the name Jabroni Sandwich.
Schwarz randomly came up with the Surfer Blood moniker during a conversation with Pitts about his high school surfer backpack.
'09 debut single "Swim" landed mid-pack (#37) on Pitchfork's 100 Best Songs of 2009. Then came their '10 debut album "Astro Coast."
"Tarot Classics" EP, which contained four songs plus remixes of two of them - "Drinking Problem" and "Voyager Reprise") dropped a year later.
Relocating to California preceded "Pythons," a '13 release. The album marked Surfer Blood's debut on Warner Bros. Records. Even though the set was produced by Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World. Dashboard Confessional) and released on a major label, it failed to match (just barely) the chart peak of their debut. So they were 'one and done' with Warner.
Fekete left Surfer Blood in '15 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Sarcoma) that had spread to his lungs and spine. The band announced a fundraising effort to help alleviate Fekete's medical bills through the GoFundMe site.
But things took a nasty turn a short time later when the money raised was stolen in Chicago. The band was on tour in support of their album "1000 Palms."
Fekete died on 05/31/16. He was 27.
2011 Astro Coast
2015 1000 Palms
2011 Tarot Classics