Ottawa, Canada-based synth-pop duo Surrender was formed in 2018 by multi-instrumentalist Dave Williams and vocalist Scott McCash. Having played in numerous acts over the past twenty-plus years and together for the past ten, Surrender will be the pair’s first foray into more traditional pop song-craft, inspired chiefly by the alternative pop acts of the early 80s UK.
Their first, self-titled LP was tracked at the members’ own studio in Ottawa. Surrender found a kindred spirit in collaborator Alex Gamble (Tasseomancy, Fucked Up, Alvvays, Pup, etc.) who is producing/mixing at The Hive in Toronto.
The duo’s debut single, “Hold On” – an upbeat dance number with a rhythm track that nods unabashedly to Morris/Hook – is an ideal first impression, showcasing McCash’s singular, dusky croon floating over Williams’ lush fusion of analog synths and orchestral strings, hearkening an oft-echoed bygone era, without the trappings of camp or kitsch.
A second single will follow shortly hereafter, with the full-length slated for a Summer 2019 release.
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