Wielding old guitars, harmonicas and lap steels screaming through 1950s amplifiers to the back drop of musical saws and unmusical washboards, deep twang, and rumbling drums it’s no surprise that The Organ magazine have described The Surgens as “A kind of White Stripes for Captain Beefheart fans who like their country blues a little twisted and scuffed around the edges” and Sleazegrinder have likened the band to “the house band on that Mississippi steamer drinking on the Devils tab”.
Although The Surgens clearly draw their influences from artists as diverse as Hank Williams, Gene Vincent, Dick Dale, Howling Wolf as well as the likes of The Pixies and Tom Waits they have managed to create a sound that Mark Lamarr has described as “Absolutely magnificent” and “Truly Unique”.
In a short space The Surgens have been busy building a loyal following and have supported artists such as Jawbone, The Dead Brothers, Billy Childish, The Soledad Brothers, and David Viner to name a few, and have been one of the bands at the forefront of the exciting alternative blues and country scene that has been emergent in the U.K. and Europe.
Having notched up national radio airplay on shows like Radio 2’s The Jonathan Ross show, and having recorded a session on Mark Lamarr’s Radio 2 show, purely on the strength of a demo, The Surgens have now released their long awaited debut album Songs of Sadness, Misery and Abuse together with the limited edition 7” vinyl single “The Wolfman”.
The Surgens are:
Hanky Dog - lead vocal, lead guitar
Black Dixon - bass
Uncle Speedy Case - lap steel, guitar
Reverend Scat Cockroach - saw, washboard, megaphone, vocals
Johnny Goodbacon - drums
Craig Murphy - harmonica, vocals
Edited by Grosseteste on 2 Oct 2013, 22:30
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