What can be said about this dynamic Scottish duo that have turned the industrial scene on its head with their effervescent stage show and infectious melodic music, than has not already been trumpeted from every rooftop?
Boasting two charismatic lead singers dividing live vocal duties, plus high-quality production with a fearsome sonic punch, it is little wonder that in a very short space of time SURGYN successfully established themselves as the darlings of the UK’s live scene – and won over such a large swathe of fans in the process.
Within 18 months of the release of debut album “Vanity”, Surgyn had toured the UK 4 times – opening for COMBICHRIST, MODULATE, AESTHETIC PERFECTION and XP8, opened for countless other scene heavyweights such as COVENANT, ANGELSPIT, EISENFUNK, STRAFTANZ, CAUSTIC and UBERBYTE, appeared at numerous festivals both in the UK and mainland Europe, and sold out the initial digipak limited edition of the widely-acclaimed album.
For fans, the wait for a new full-length record was an impatient one – a long hungry wait nurtured only by the album-teaser “Feed Me Fame” released as a digital-single to coincide with another UK tour with AESTHETIC PERFECTION.
But those expecting Surgyn’s second album to be little more than “Vanity v2.0” were in for a big surprise – because as Surgyn themselves suggested, where “Vanity” was about appropriating the best sounds of the industrial bands they grew up listening to, sophomore album “Envy” is more of an experiment with the framework of the sounds and styles they want to operate within now.
Where “Vanity” was bruising and beat-driven, “Envy” is an entirely different beast – beginning in familiar territory for the first few songs like “Limousine”, “Feed Me Fame”, “Stiletto” and catchy electropop melodies of “Green Heart” before taking the listener down a dark and twisted path through former live favorite “King Of Crows” reborn here in darkness, the quirky “Needles”, the epic “Hollywood Death Scene” and the reflective 80s-tinged electronica of “Melancholia” (that could almost have been written by PET SHOP BOYS) to deliver an entirely unexpected and brilliantly eclectic “second act” to the album.
“Envy” is the logical progression of the “Beauty Is Agony” manifesto and aesthetic established on “Vanity” – multi-faceted and musically-diverse, while always retaining the immediately-recognisable sonic signature of Surgyn. An album that only they could have written, yet an album guaranteed to confound all expectations in the most delightful of ways, containing more or less something for everyone.
Without doubt Surgyn have delivered a second album as polished and quirkily magnificent as anyone could have wished for, while simultaneously making it look almost effortless – one that brings ever-more credence to them being deserving of the title “Best of British”, and one that will no doubt make them once again the envy of their peers.
To promote “Envy” DWA arranged for Surgyn a lengthy tour across North America, opening for Aesthetic Perfection – launching a huge crowdfunding campaign to assist with the massive costs involved. In addition to special CD and vinyl editions of “Envy”, and a 7″ vinyl version of “Feed Me Fame”, this campaign also introduced the second single from the album, “Limousine” – in both CD and digital editions.
Glamorous, glorious, gregarious, turning the industrial scene on its head with their effervescent stage show and infectious melodic music, Surgyn are here and they are taking control of the dancefloor!
|Surgyn – Limousine – DWD334 – BUY DIGITAL
01. Limousine 02. Limousine (Short Bus Remix by COMBICHRIST)* 03. Limousine (Slammed In The Back Door by RAVE THE REQVIEM) 04. RUINIZER vs. SURGYN – #fabulosity 05. Limousine (Stretched by SIRUS) 06. Limousine (Conspicuous Consumption Remix by SERAPHIM SYSTEM) *digital only
|Surgyn – Envy – DWV329/DWA330/DWA330J/DWD331 – COMING SOON – BUY CD – BUY DIGITAL
01. Artifice [intro] 02. Limousine 03. Green Heart 04. Stiletto 05. Feed Me Fame 06. Martyr
07. King Of Crows 08. Needles 09. Insidious 10. Hollywood Death Scene 11. Melancholia 12. Limousine (Short Bus Remix by Combichrist)* 13. Feed Me Fame (Rotersand Rework)* 14. King Of Crows (Grendel Remix)* *Limited Edition Digipak CD only
|Surgyn – Feed Me Fame 7″ vinyl – DWV332 – COMING SOON
A. Feed Me Fame B. Feed Me Fame (Noisuf-X Remix)
|Surgyn – Feed Me Fame – DWD333 – BUY DIGITAL
01. Feed Me Fame 02. Feed Me Fame (Noisuf-X Remix) 03. Feed Me Fame (Rotersand Rework)
04. 400 (Live @ Resistanz Festival, 2013) 05. Aesthetics (Live @ Resistanz Festival, 2013)
|Surgyn – The Stranger – DWV249 – DELETED
01. The Stranger (∆Aimon Remix)
|Surgyn – Restitched – DWD252 – BUY DIGITAL
01. The Stranger (AAIMON Remix) 02. Sharp As Stars (Aesthetic Perfection Remix) 03. Hit The Nerve (Inject The Nerve Remix By Modulate) 04. Faceless (C-Lekktor Remix) 05. Code Black (CutOff:Sky Remix) 06. Sharp As Stars (Terrolokaust Remix) 07. Aesthetics (Trashed By Elliott Berlin) 08. Sever (Soman Remix) 09. Speak No More (Phosgore Remix) 10. Sharp As Stars (VProjekt Version) 11. Hit The Nerve (Cygnosic Remix) 12. Sever (Method Cell Remix) 13. Aesthetics (Caustic’s Sin Deep Remix) 14. Sharp As Stars (Acidic Lobotomy Remix By The Ladder) 15. Hit The Nerve (Studio-X Remix)
|Surgyn – Vanity – DWD168 – BUY DIGITAL
01. Beauty (Intro) 02. Sever 03. 400 04. The Stranger 05. Code Black 06. Aesthetics (Are A Moral Imperative) 07. Faceless 08. Haemmorhage 09. Speak No More 10. Hit the Nerve 11. Sharp As Stars 12. Pressure* 13. Agony (Outro) *digital only
|Surgyn – Vanity – DWA167J – BUY CD
01. Beauty (Intro) 02. Sever 03. 400 04. The Stranger 05. Code Black 06. Aesthetics (Are A Moral Imperative) 07. Faceless 08. Haemmorhage 09. Speak No More 10. Hit the Nerve 11. Sharp As Stars 12. Speak No More (Phosgore Remix)* 13. Hit The Nerve (Modulate Remix)* 14. Sever (Soman Remix)* 15. Aesthetics (Sin Deep Mix By Caustic)* 16. Agony (Outro) *CD only
|Surgyn – Hit the Nerve – DWD162 – DELETED
01. Hit the Nerve 02. Hit The Nerve (Inject The Nerve Remix By Modulate) 03. Hit The Nerve (Cygnosic Remix) 04. Pressure