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I know that I often suggest that many bands take past genre tropes and rework them for the modern day, but if you haven’t already heard, ‘Float’ truly is a proper blast from the past. 

The magical thing is, the band haven’t released an EP since their eponymous entry back in 2015. Since then, in those three years, The Surrenders have persistently gigged, and are now set to storm into 2018 as one of diamonds of the unsigned scene.

Their potent sound is a distinct revival of all the best bits of soul, blues and rock. If you’re a fan of bands like The Strawberries, for instance, you’ll feel very comfortable in the domain of The Surrenders. 

The (mostly) Birmingham quarter make their influences abruptly clear; listen carefully, and everything from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones will sneak out. Don’t fret though, as their offerings are all thriller, and no filler. 

Starting from a quiet, near-blissful barrage of echo-ridden and delayed guitar, Connor Brooks’ vocals are an exquisite pairing for a tune which tries its very best to lull you into a false sense of security – and for me at least, The Surrenders succeeded in doing this. The lyrics match the resulting sound perfectly, asking the listener to “float away with me” as the four-chords entice you into a gradual build which almost slips under the radar. 

After coming to a standstill, ‘Float’ breaks out into a track that would fit perfectly in any classic rock bar. It’s a track in which all the component parts do their job excellently, and refrain from impeding on each other – every instrument is equally wonderful. Guitar licks taken straight from the seventies ooze out of every pore of the track, never halting or refraining for a moment, yet never becoming excessive, either. 

Even at the very end of the track, when we return to a quiet piece of guitar self-gratification, the sounds don’t feel alien or out of place. After a properly immersive section of classic, indulging guitar-rock, this mirroring of the track’s intro fits wonderfully, despite my worries that it served little purpose but to bookend an otherwise short track. 

Treat your ears to some nostalgia today – give The Surrenders’ self-titled EP a listen, and you’ll be treated to equally delicious tunes like ‘No Paper’, which very nearly became the Track of the Week. 

If you were lucky enough to get tickets to This Feeling’s Big in 2018 gig at Café Totem alongside Wulfman Fury, then you’re in for a treat. If not, then you have my sincere condolences. 

Have a gander at The Surrenders’ Facebook and keep an eye out for their upcoming dates. 

CONNOR FALKNER 

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