Surge + The Assist | Live Music | John Peel Centre

Surge + The Assist + Suburban Minds

Friday 24 February, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre
Church Walk
Stowmarket IP14 1ET
£5 adv / £7.50 Otd
Box Office
01449 774 678
Surge + The Assist + Suburban Minds @ John Peel Centre

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-laden, 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, headlined Colchester Arts Centre 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.

“Infectious, raw energy by the bucket load – lots of bangers!” – BBC Introducing

“SURGE’s arsenal of tracks employ angular guitar riffs and unleash melodies that should soundtrack every indie disco.” – Gigwise

“Indie-pop delivered with a cheeky smile and all the energy and vigour of a band with everything in front of them.” – Louder Than War

“Blissful and thoroughly charming, SURGE evidently have the self-belief, ambition and talent to take this band as far as they want.” – This Feeling / Gigslutz

“Upbeat and angular indie-pop with more than a hint of punk snottiness.” – Scruff of the Neck Records

“Tears of Joy – a soaring, instant anthem!” – A Music Blog Yea?

“Lemonade is infectious, bubbly and as refreshing as its title.”Little Indie Blogs


The Assist are an indie-dance four piece from Walsall, formed in 2014. They comprise of brothers Mikey Stanton (vocals) and Ryan Stanton (guitar), bassist Jak Baker, and drummer Ben Faulkner. Littered with infectious melodies, unexpected tempo changes, and anthemic sing-along choruses, their sound has propelled them onto some of the countries biggest stages in 2016. Having recently graced both LEEDS & Y NOT festival alongside support slots with both RATBOY & BLOSSOMS, THE ASSIST completed a full UK headline tour to coincide with the release of their debut EP ‘TROUBLE’.

Strongly supported by BBC’s introducing show and not long after being labelled as “Birmingham’s next big thing” by ‘X Radio’, new singles have emerged and 2017 looks set to be a promising year.

Suburban Minds are a five-piece band from Bury St Edmunds, comprising of singing guitarist Hal Holloway, guitarists Louis Tooth and Josh Huggard, bass player Toby Hill and drummer Harry Dale. Expect anthemic indie-rock featuring soulful lyrics, layered guitars and huge drums.


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