Founding members John Paul Pitts and Tyler Schwarz started playing music together in Orlando FL. They met Thomas Fekete at an Ultra Music Festival after party in Miami and the group was formed with the immediate goal of releasing a record and touring nonstop. The band was originally called Jabroni Sandwich. Schwarz randomly came up with the name Surfer Blood during a conversation with Pitts about his surfer backpack from High School. The band’s 2009 debut single “Swim” gained much critical acclaim and was named as the 37th best track on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2009. They released their debut album Astro Coast in January 2010.
Original guitarist Thomas Fekete left the band in 2015 shortly after the announcement of their third album, “1000 Palms,” due to a medical diagnosis for a rare form of cancer (Sarcoma) that had spread to his lungs and spine. The band announced a fundraising effort to help alleviate Thomas’ medical bills through the site GoFundMe on April 20, 2015. On May 23, Surfer Blood’s van was broken into and robbed in Schaumburg IL. The band wrote on Facebook that in addition to losing “thousands of dollars in personal items and show settlements,” they lost every donation that was collected for guitarist Thomas Fekete at the merch table up to that show. Donations to Fekete to help cover his medical expenses can be made here: http://www.gofundme.com/sb22g7f
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