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 Just Surrender
Who is Just surrender? This is Jason Maffucci (Bass/Vocals), Dan Simons (Guitar/Vocals), Steve Miller (Drums), Alex Haycraft (Guitar Vocals).

So what makes Just Surrender a band worth writing about? Let me start by telling you a few facts about the lads. Having already sold over 25,000 copies in the States and Japan, not to mention over 400,000 hits on their purevolume.com track, John Naclerio who has worked with bands such as Brand New, Senses Fail and My Chemical Romance was prompted into saying:

“Rarely do young bands have the ability to shape a song AND have the attitude that they don’t know it all. Actually, that never happens!”

It’s looking to be a very exciting year for ‘Just Surrender’. Coming off the back of breaking into the American and Japanese markets, the time seems right for the band to make a mark on the British rock scene. ‘If These Streets Could Talk’ is due for release on August 13th 2007 for what is believed to be a rather splendid £10, and will no doubt make a good addition to your collection.

The album holds 10 mind blowing tracks, each one with its own catchy riff and sing-a-long melody (I’ve already annoyed fellow housemates with out of tune karaoke sessions in front of my stereo). Now seems as good a time as any to mention the tracks, starting with album opener, ‘I can barely breathe’; a track that has the kind of power to hook you in like a tasty sea bass. The (block-rockin’) beat keeps your toes tapping away and the lyrics will soon force you to wrench the inner sleeve from the case to sing along. But don’t fear, this track is followed by something a little calmer. You will soon be listening to ‘Of All We’ve Known’. It’s a lot more melodic, and most definitely a sing along. However it still retains energy and character.

But moving away from the energetic style which has already become a custom to the album and onto something a little more, dare I say, emotional? ‘Just Surrender’ has pulled together 'Is There No Truth in Beauty' during nap time and obviously worked hard on writing a soft song for the more sensitive of fan. It’s good, and after a few plays becomes another album favourite.

But on to my favourite, ‘In Your Silence’ - The track that, in my opinion, has it all. It’s a far more aggressive start to the first three tracks, and with it’s off beat rhythm, finger drumming takes a little more practice! It’s melodic, yet energetic. It oozes a ‘New Found Glory’ style riff, with a very ‘Funeral for a Friend/Simple Plan’ style of singing. But not forgetting that more gruff and husky voice which acts like the cherry on top of the cake. After it finishes, it has you on the edge of your seat with anticipation for the rest of the tracks.

In terms of vocals, they handle the dual vocals brilliantly during the entirety of the album. Although the lyrics leave something to be desired you should find them easy to sing along with. Although if you pay attention to what’s being sang – or better yet – read the sleeve, it’s a lot of pain for such young starlets. It makes me wonder how much of the lyrics are true feelings. But that’s the only criticism I have. Some say its old age, and they may just be right!

The band members are, like I said, young. With a lot of life left to live. If this is what they can produce with so little life experience, then I can not wait to hear what they create over the next 10/15 years. Surely with the sharp learning curve each growing man is dealt, the future of ‘Just Surrender’ may have us ‘surrendering’ to every riff, lick, beat and word they can come up with. Like all big bands, they have to start somewhere and I feel that Just Surrender may just have what it takes to take the next giant leap!

For me Just Surrender is very much like my favourite alcoholic beverage. They have plenty of body and character. They are crisp, clean, and full of flavour. Not only that, but, they leave a great after taste. So much so, it leaves me wanting more. If I could chill Just Surrender and serve them in a cold glass to enjoy on a hot summers day I would. But for now, the stereo will have to do. But I won’t be putting that in the fridge.

You can find the band at the following locations alongside ‘Hit The Lights’:

  • 2nd Oct Brighton Concorde 2
  • 3rd Oct Birmingham Barfly
  • 4th Oct Stoke Sugarmill
  • 5th Oct Sheffield Corporation
  • 6th Oct Nottingham Rock City
  • 7th Oct Glasgow Garage
  • 8th Oct Hop & Grape Machester
  • 9th Oct Leeds Cockpit
  • 10th Oct Oxford Zodiac
  • 11th Oct Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
  • 12th Oct London Meanfiddler
  • 13th Oct Cardiff Solus

8.5 out of 10

Buy Just Surrender now at Play.com
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