This was indie buzz bonanza weekend for Firestone in Orlando. Friday night saw West Palm Beach’s own Surfer Blood open for 80′s pop-sters The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Actually, a last minute switcheroo had Surfer Blood headlining. The Firestone is a challenging place (at best) to sound good in. It sucks because of its potential to be such a great venue, but alas, it genuinely sounds like shit. Pains and Surfer Blood’s sets came off like they would be pretty good in a different room. Pains slithered through a quick set of their shoegaze-y 80′s pop while Surfer Blood amped up their 60′s surf pop meets Dinosaur Jr. sound. One thing which surprised me was how, um, uh, flamboyant – yeah, SB’s – singer, Nick Klein is. He sashayed and pranced back and forth with true frontman swagger – something lacking these days. They swept through a set including “Floating Vibes,” “Swim,” “Slow Jabroni,” and “Catholic Pagans.” Members of Pains joined SB to close the show with an ironic stab at Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy” from 1999.
Surfer Blood “Floating Vibes”
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart”
Covered for REAX Online 6.12.2010