Surfer Blood are back with details of their new album Carefree Theatre, as well as sharing the lead single "Parkland (Into the Silence)" which is dedicated to the students of the 2018 Parkland school shooting.
Vocalist John Paul Pitts says of the new offering, "On February 14, 2018 I was running on the treadmill at the gym with cable news running in the background. I had just moved back to Florida and was desperately looking for a reason to feel good about it. That was when I saw the news. There had been a shooting at a high school forty minutes south of my hometown. My heart ached for the victims and their families, but like so many Americans, I’ve become resigned to this particular kind of tragedy. I’m not proud of my cynicism, but it’s a callousness you develop when you live in a country where this is a weekly event."
Pitts adds, "In the days and weeks that followed, I watched the events closely. These high school kids were tearing up routine talking points we’ve heard a thousand times, refusing to be helpless, refusing to succumb to despair. In those moments I was so proud to be from this place. Even though we haven’t seen any meaningful legislation, these students were able to move the conversation into new territory. I never thought I’d see people wake up to the epidemic of gun violence in the US, but it feels like its on the tip of everyone’s tongue, and so much of that awareness is due to the resilience and optimism of these young Floridians."
He ends his statement with, "This song is a testament to their courage. They are truly inspiring and living proof that anything can be overcome."
Carefree Theatre will be Surfer Blood's first LP since last year's Covers album, and first new studio LP since 2017's Snowdonia.