Indie favorites Surfer Blood take over the Moog Sound Lab for this retooled, ultramodern version of “Demon Dance,” which appeared in its original form on last year’s acclaimed Pythons. Shot at the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina while the Florida foursome was on the road, this video premiere finds the band making the most of the synthesizer manufacturer’s arsenal.
“Last May we took a break from our tour with Foals and stopped by the Moog factory in Asheville,” frontman John Paul Pitts tells Rolling Stone. “What we found here included a room stacked with boxes full of covetable equipment and another room full of staff members hard at work soldering and assembling the legendary synths and spaced-out sound makers of the Moog name. Watching them assemble these iconic instruments and effects boxes would be enough to pique the interest of any music nerd, and we were soon anxious to pick out gear to use for our little session.
“We started to hook together various Moogerfooger pedals, synths, MIDI drum trigger pads and a Moog guitar in the SoundLab,” Pitts adds. “The staff was patient while we fumbled through some of our songs with our new Sonic Palette. After noodling for the better part of an hour it became clear that the new instrumentation called for changes to the arrangements as well, and the next thing you know we were tracking a thick and futuristic rendition of our song ‘Demon Dance.'”
The Moog Sound Lab is an original-content media channel that has previously featured !!!, Mutemath, Toro y Moi, Washed Out and Zola Jesus. Surfer Blood will launch an East Coast trek on February 15th at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida, running through February 26th at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. The full tour routing and tickets can be accessed through the group’s official website.