Surfer Blood at Velvet Jones

Paul Wellman

Surfer Blood at Velvet Jones

Surfer Blood at Velvet Jones

Wild Ones and Dead Meat Open Show on Thursday, February 23

Velvet Jones was certainly the place to be last Thursday evening for a tasty, if not slightly mismatched, three-course meal of assorted rock. First up, Dead Meat treated early arrivals to a set of power-trio jams dirtier than your roommate’s laundry. Fueled by the off-kilter rhythms and discordant melodies of tunes like “Everybody’s Cool,” they set the stage for a slightly faster tempo, which was delivered in the hands of Portland’s Wild Ones.

Despite their generic name, the five-piece successfully bumped up the tempo with a unique flavor of dance-ready numbers, aided mostly by rhythmic keyboards and solid vocal melodies. As an entity unto themselves, Wild Ones certainly brought a new energy to the floor, but as a transition band, their genial dance-rock may have left folks ill-prepared for the noise that lay ahead.

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Paul Wellman

Grinning as they manned their battle stations, the four Floridians that make up Surfer Blood began at a seemingly postured pace with “Floating Vibes.” It wasn’t until mid set that posterity was abandoned with the help of their latest single, “Miranda.” As their eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Astro Coast looms on the horizon, Surfer Blood built their momentum around a clever mix of old and new, but halfway through, frontman John Paul Pitts’s normally tempered voice gave way to ecstatic screams with heavier, harmony-laden tunes like “Twin Peaks.” The night eventually came to a head with their flagship jam “Swim,” followed by the new “Casper” and a brief encore, before packing it up to set sail for new waters.

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