Suzerain – A Mirror Now
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Suzerain — A Mirror Now
Release date : Oct. 22, 2012
Tracklist:
  1. Frenzy
  2. My Girl
  3. Down To The Sea
  4. P.L.W
  5. How Was I supposed To Know

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Suzerain – A Mirror Now

 Suzerain look into A Mirror now and I see a musical storm approaching
So lets rip into this post because from the opening few seconds of Suzerains “A Mirror Now”, you will want to be thrashing yourself into a frenzied romp around the dance floor. Or do a bizarre head dance in the empty office you are listening to it in. Suzerain another band that has been introduced into my listening library by Twitter.If I remember correctly, I received a DM, thanking “Indie Dunes” for supporting in indie artists and bands, with the promise of a little present if I provided our email. What did I have to lose…. A couple of weeks later, a link for Soundcloud appeared in the inbox, leading eventually to this post. Long story / short, I couldnt get the link to work (because im what is commonly refered to as a “technotard”) but that was a good thing in hindsight.Suzerain recently released the EP “A Mirror Now” Produced / Engineered by Grammy Award winning Steve Lyon. Which has WOW factor, but it means more when you hear the calibre of the artists he has worked with, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Nitzer Ebb, The Wedding Present and ummmm Sir Paul (everyone has a skeleton in the closet). Just hearing those names alone should make you feel excited about being introduced to Suzerain! I was!!
Even the anticipation is surpassed after “Frenzy” comes thundering out of the speakers for the first time. The first single and understandbly so. Its an instant motivator, the bouncing bass and first words from Tom the frontman just make it impossible to stop moving. A “chainsaw like” slide guitar riff works in to grab your attention. I came to realise, this is one tight unit of musicians ready to give the listener 25 mins of pure enjoyment.On first hearing I must admit I thought to myself…..YUP lets start off with the strongest song lads. Half expecting it to fizzle out. WRONG STEVE. Every track is different but the same energy seething through it. The third track on the EP “Down to the Sea” is dripping with tension, building itsself into a track that screams “Crowd Favourite” when the chorus and guitars work themselves into the journey…

Each track on this 5 track release could stand the test of being a single, but their strength lie in complementing each other. Showcasing the bands versitility. Its a testement to the direction Steve Lyon has taken them down. What excites me about these songs is the prospect of seeing them preformed on stage. This band already have an impressive CV of live gigs most bands would be envious of, playing with and in support of numerous high end acts such as Stereophonics, The Cribs and Franz Ferdinand
I get the impression though, Suzerain aren’t going to be happy playing “support” for much longer. Ambition isn’t a dirty word, it is a must in the music industry. And from the small insight I’ve had into these guys, they have the talent and the drive to pull it together. Add a frontman with the charisma of Dave Gahan, Matt Bellamy rolled into one…. It is a can’t lose situation.
There is so much more I could mention but I think its best that I let the music and energy tell you the story a lot better than I can.
Enjoy and spread the word
Steve aka @CrustyToon
Tuesday, 6 November 2012

 The Live Sessions

Claustrophobic alternative rock band with a punk edge that’s not afraid to look a synthesiser in the eye. Suzerain are not a rock band, nor an indie band, nor an electro band. They are simply a group who bring together impeccable musicianship and song craft, a genre defying freight train of creativity so perfectly executed and witnessed in 2011’s release ‘Midnight In The Drawn City’ which earned the band airtime in the UK and abroad. Drawing influences from alternative rock, indie-punk and electro, Suzerain yet again prove to be one of the best emerging UK bands since winning the award for Best Alternative Band at the Indie Music Awards. Suzerain released their EP ‘A Mirror Now’ on 22nd October, which is a powerhouse of alternative rock, fusing a captivating vocal style with intricate guitar dynamics and delicate synth work.