Surfer Blood - Pythons
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2013 Ratings: #871 / 1023
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2013 Ratings: #390
June 11, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

It's got an edge, moreso than Astro Coast, and that element of creeping unease makes Pythons a fuller, more mature and honest album than its precursor. 

The 405

Surfer Blood as we knew them are dead - the new incarnation sound like they're headed for big things. Pythons could be their watershed.


On ‘Pythons’, the Floridians have ditched the surf rock of 2010 debut ‘Astro Coast’ and, instead, plundered college rock for all it’s worth.


Pythons seem to feel pretty conflicted about itself: hooky, Weezer-ish guitar pop offset by desperate, discomfiting lyrics, fleeting hopes of reconciliation quickly dashed by heavy-hearted resignation.

The Line of Best Fit

The tunes are there, they’re tsunami big and surfer cool – the lyrics are there, bold, bleak and biting – but there’s been an oversight when it comes to stamping on the pedals, letting rip and allowing Surfer Blood to tear this material a new hole.

Consequence of Sound

The hooks are still here, but that level of hyper-attentive musicianship is absent on this decidedly punchier, glossier effort.


Despite their songs’ individual strengths, it is clear Surfer Blood are still finding their way on Pythons. Some of the songs are indistinguishable on first exposure, and the band doesn’t swerve all that much in their lanes to push any boundaries.


The main issue with this album is that it is not terrible and it is not brilliant. It is simply there. It’s hard to feel anything other than nonchalance towards ‘Pythons’.

Under The Radar

What's disappointing is that now, with two dozen recorded tracks to their credit, Surfer Blood haven't shown much desire to move beyond their comfort zone.


Between Pitts' unrelieved misery and the tepid music, Pythons makes a bitter, unsatisfying brew. Imbibe at your own risk.


On Astro Coast Pitts stared at the bright, unwritten future in front of him, but on Pythons he’s locked in place, rendered motionless by the oppressive chip on his shoulder.

This is a perfect convergence of catchy pop melodies indie/edgy sound. It's not crisp and clean and it's not so messy that it's distracting. It's a fuzz that's intentionally cultivated. The rate isn't 100 because the lyrics don't say much but maybe not every album has to be clever or cutting; pure fun and expression is valuable.
A cleaner sound compared to their debut, but lacks some of the charm.
With the vocals coming from the vein of the smoking popes with a dash of morrisey of the smiths. Surfer's Blood brings us an album with a more together sound and lyrical and vocal bite that we all needed to hear
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Track List

  1. Demon Dance
  2. Gravity
  3. Weird Shapes
  4. I Was Strong
  5. Squeezing Blood
  6. Say Yes To Me
  7. Blair Witch
  8. Needles and Pins
  9. Slow Six
  10. Prom Song
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Added on: June 2, 2013