SURGE are an infectious, garage-rock cocktail of tongue-in-cheek lyricism, angular riffs and catchy melodies – an addictive blend that’s been likened to early-Blur and constantly championed by BBC Introducing.
Hailing from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, this enthralling, guitar-ladened, four-piece have quickly established themselves as a blistering live force and their energetic and often unpredictable live shows have been said to embody the same snarling edge of The Vaccines and the charming characteristics of The Libertines.
Since the group’s debut gig at The Soundhouse, Colchester in April 2015, SURGE have released three singles, (two self-produced) in ‘Tears of Joy’, ‘LOVEBLOOD’ and ‘Lemonade’ – one of which was released on a red 7” vinyl, after many fans of the band donated to what went on to be a successful Kickstarter campaign in support of the release.
The band have also recorded a live session for BBC Introducing, performed at Camden Rocks Festival alongside the likes of Carl Barat and The Cribs, seen their second single sold via Rough Trade Records, played at the historic Camden Barfly and caught the attention of popular music websites, Gigwise, Louder Than War, Gigslutz, Little Indie Blogs, A Music Blog Yea?and It’s All Indie.
Following two massive London shows – (This Feeling, The Barfly) that saw the band collectively sell over 120 tickets – SURGE now look to capitalise on their newfound popularity outside of their hometown by embarking on a U.K tour early next year, followed by a short run of shows across Europe in the summer.
Having been heavily likened to the jangly-guitar driven sound that dominated the Noughties, following the emphatic rise of The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, the band have said to take pride in such comparisons, but where they don’t aim to entirely emulate their indie-predecessors, they do aspire to re-capture the very ‘bit-between-your-teeth’ essence that ran through the veins of such bands, in order to help rejuvenate the somewhat drab state of today’s ‘ruled by manufactured-pop’ music industry.