Surfer Blood with Winter
- Vaudeville Mews
- Address: 212 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
- June 15, 2017
- Doors open 5:30 p.m.; Show 6 p.m.
- Price: $10 - all ages
Surfer Blood’s fourth album Snowdonia arrives with something the band hasn’t experienced in a long time: good will. After frontman John Paul Pitts’ 2012 arrest for domestic battery instantly transformed the band from potential indie-rock mainstays into permanently damaged goods, he at times seemed to carry on the group out of sheer spite. Their 2013 album Pythons opened with him eating literal sour grapes and only got nastier from there; listeners understandably steered clear of it. Even the fans who jumped off the band’s surf board long ago, however, had to feel for the group last year when they lost guitarist Thomas Fekete to stomach cancer. He was only 27 years old. Snowdonia may be the closest Surfer Blood gets to a second chance, and it poses a test for Pitts: Can he really be the kind of frontman that listeners empathize with, and maybe even care for, again?