Indie rock quintet Suzerain take a lot of photos in black and white and also occasionally write and record some music; the 'Dark Dark / Manhattan' 12" is a showcase of the latter, with two tracks that meld conventional guitar jamming with some weirder inspirations: hints of New Wave, Trent Reznor and krautrock Bowie.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 September 2014
Just 200 of these bastards. On the sleeve some kind of marvellous concrete tower, on the disc a weird brand of pulsating rock music that is an oddball mix of Kasabian, Faith No More and Bowie-influenced fuzzy new wave. On ‘Dark Dark’ the song plods along grimly enough with fuzzy based and scatted lyric before a neat piano hook introduces the catchy chorus. Neat touch. Sonically kinda reminding me of Red Hot Chilli Peppers with some raucous drum work.
Overleaf, is a slow builder of a track that sits somewhere between industrial era Depeche Mode and Mogwai. I’ve not got them figured really (and maybe they haven’t got themselves figured yet) but the swirl of totally disparate influences add up to something pretty interesting at times
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