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Surrogate

Love Is For the Rich

(Tooth And Nail; US: 28 Aug 2007)

Surrogate doesn’t sound like the “hardcore” label the industry smacked on them. Consisting of two former members of Number One Gun, Surrogate never venture down the same road twice, whether it’s the simple but sleek “15” that glides along as if on cruise control before a dreamy, magical chorus chimes in. But getting back to the hardcore, when was the last time you heard a hardcore band use a banjo. Recalling or resembling John Fogerty lost in a moment of deep reflection, a song such as “Talk of the Weather” has a lot of oomph and clout despite the rather tame nature to it. Mellow is the mood oozing out of “Photographic Memory” that one could fall asleep to (in a good way) and the rather light, breezy “Easy”, which sounds like it was easy to record. Surrogate at times sound like they’re channeling everything that is good about Neil Young during the roots-y “Death Penalty”. Fans of the City and the Colour or Dashboard Confessional would soak up tunes such as “Papertrail” and especially the somber, sullen “Upside Down Pictures”.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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