FILMED AND DIRECTED BY ANDREW MATTHEWS AND ADAM KEMP
Surinam and Raw Materials present "Would We Still Be Laughing"
Bio by Jordan Richie:
Toronto post-punks Surinam and new DIY imprint Raw Materials are pleased to announce the release of "Would We Still Be Laughing”, the band’s second full-length album.
Recorded reel to reel by Kyle Knapp in Toronto in November 2015, “Would We Still Be Laughing” is the follow up to a self-titled Surinam cassette that arrived in May 2015. It’s a digital only release – a decision prompted no doubt by the long delays at vinyl pressing plants and the fact that the band is writing music at an alarming pace. (Rumour has it there’s another full record in the can.)
The members of Surinam cut their teeth playing in some of Ontario’s finest punk bands and this record further cements their reputation as OG downstroke torchbearers. Guitarist William Mason propels many of the songs here with a tone that could fill an aircraft hangar and an approach that alternates between tough, dissonant riffage and unearthly noise guitar freakouts. He’s supported by the ultra-tight rhythm section of Corey Wells (bass) and Adam McGillivray (drums), who anchor these eight tracks like a true rhythm section should – all steak, fuck the sizzle.
Matt Mason’s vocal delivery is powerful yet unhinged, like it’s a direct by-product of a lifetime (or two) worth of shows in basements and dive bars where the perpetual haze of cigarette smoke has somehow made his voice stronger. He probably nailed all these tracks on the first take.
Live, the band has really been on fire lately, with the noisy synth of Ami Spears augmenting the sound and Matt Mason pacing the floor like a ringleader rallying his co-conspirators. So don some flame retardant clothing and catch these guys next time they roll through your town. Failure to do so is grounds for dismissal.
RELEASE SHOW TONIGHT @ OWLS CLUB (847 DOVERCOURT RD.) 8:30PM DOOR
Release show @ Owls Club (847 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto, ON) Thursday, July 21st
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PERFORMANCES AT "SHHHHH..."