Recorded and produced by Grammy Award winner Steve Lyon (Depeche Mode, The Cure, Siouxie Sioux) who also added the band to his management roster in 2010.‘A Mirror Now’ is a powerhouse of alternative rock, fusing a captivating vocal style with intricate guitar dynamics and delicate synth work.
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.
First single, ‘Frenzy’ is an unstoppable force of party style anthemic indie-punk that makes you want to move. Add a serious slide guitar riff and you have something that can only be described as alt/rock-industro-country.
The video encompasses a simple idea with captivating editing; wild jerky movements that perfectly compliment the vibe of the track. The ‘A Mirror Now’ EP is not all as upbeat, in fact it takes the listener on a journey from a wild night out, to the dark depths of escapism on tracks such as ‘Down To The Sea’ and ‘How Was I Supposed To Know?’.
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. ‘A Mirror Now’ shows the bands progression from being a British treasure to being a world class force of energy.
Following a set that had everyone on their feet at BT London Live in Hyde Park this summer with Jessie J, Stereophonics and The Enemy, Suzerain have been invited to support Hadouken in London and to perform at Haddowfest with The Cribs in Scotland.
Add this to the bands already impressive gigging history; supporting Franz Ferdinand in Munich, Gary Numan in London, NRJ In The Park in Germany, storming the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg, Rock In Roma in Italy, and twice in the Atlantic islands of the Azores for Angra Rock Festival.
“We wanted to strip away anything non-essential, to make a great studio record that was vital, brutal and beautiful in equal measure. There’s beauty in there but it’s not airbrushed. We holed ourselves up on an island in the Thames with Steve (Lyon) and took it all apart bit by bit, what we were doing and how we did it. We became a better band through it.” – says front man and lyricist Tom Pether