Concert preview: Surfer Blood’s latest favors bizarrely well-mannered tunes over previous rough edges and sharp corners

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From the October 10, 2013 edition

The Florida rockers’ attempts to reach a larger audience with the polished-to-a-high-gloss Pythons were undercut by frontman John Paul Pitts’ March 2012 arrest for battery against a former girlfriend. Though no charges were filed, and the case was eventually dropped, the incident undoubtedly colored the audience response to the band’s sophomore album, which is dotted with lines (“Damning allegations have come to light…”) that could have been lifted from recent press.

Confusion, chaos and depravity reign in Pitt’s lyrics (“I could suck the venom out of your bones,” he sings on one tune, while bridges and even entire cities burn elsewhere), but the music is almost bizarrely well-mannered, buffed of the sharp corners and rough edges that offered a point of interest on 2010’s Astro Coast. Team Spirit and Andy Boay open the show.