Quartet of Noise from Leicester, UK, Meet – The Surrealists


It’s Thursday and that calls for some music to shake out the doldrums. Today we meet The Surrealists and this is for all the kids who enjoy the mosh pit.

Meet – The Surrealists

for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?

Ryan: To put it simply, we met at De Montfort University since all four of us are on the same music course, unsurprisingly. I’ve always been writing music, but wanted to find the rest of the band who were open minded enough and creative enough in their own way to contribute and add their flavour to the mix, I guess I was lucky to have stumbled across three morons that are into the same music as me and have the same ambitions in life. I don’t believe in fate, but some would call it that.

– who would you list as your musical influence?.

Ryan: Lorde.

Tom: Les Claypool and Celine Dion.

Matt: Anything liked by Anthony Fantano.

Greg: Coheed and Cambria, The Dear Hunter, QOTSA, Mars Volta, Chilli Peppers…

– whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

Ryan: Probably playing with bands that we’ve looked up to before we even started gigging like Let’s Talk Daggers and HECK.

Tom: When we discovered the musical talents of Lorde.
Matt: Having the money to buy Soleros, because they keep me cool.

Greg: Opening for HECK.

what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.

Ryan: To be touring up and down the country, and then across into other countries. Or just to open for Lorde with an acoustic set.

Tom: To be as rock n roll as we currently are, if not more ?
Matt: To get an endorsement from Soleros.
Greg: Tour Europe, write more, fuck shit up, the usual.

what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

Ryan: Moon Tooth’s Chromaparagon, QOTSA’s …Like Clockwork, Everything Everything’s Get To Heaven. There’s so many more but they’re the best ones that come to mind.

Tom: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly, Lorde Pure Heroine, Taylor Swift 1989.

Matt: Out of the Angeles by Amusement Parks On Fire, Wrong by Cleft, A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead and The Heart is a Monster by Failure.
Greg: Coheed and Cambria’s Ascension and Descension, No Drum and Bass in the Jazz Room by Clever Girl, Friends by Will and the People.

Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

Ryan: Well we’d be idiotic to neglect the power of social media in this day and age. I’m still a spring chicken, I was born into social media, it’s the only way I find out about gigs and new releases for example, and I imagine it is for a lot of other people too. We handle all that stuff by ourselves because it’s better to hear first-hand from our fans how much they absolutely detest our disgraceful music.

Tom: Social media helps me watch my favourite artists every living minute. I love to see what Lorde and Tay Tay have for breakfast each morning.
Matt: Considering the omnipresence that social media has within the life of every first-world pleb, it’s an absolute necessity for any artist at all to take full advantage of it. It might be the virtual equivalent of just yelling and chucking your product at everyone on the high street, but it seems to work. Even if if just a few decide to stop and laugh at you.
Greg: I see the use in it, it’s a good platform to get your material out there. I also hate it at the same time.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.

Ryan: I would love to say yes, but we don’t really get much feedback at the minute since we don’t really have anything out there. Yet (22nd of October, cough cough). The only review we’ve ever got was a gig review and that was basically the linguistic equivalent of vomit on a page. We love feedback, both positive and negative, and strangely enough we never heard any feedback that’s indifferent. People either love what we do or hate what we do.
Tom: I take every piece of criticism, review and positive comment seriously. I always try my best to listen and improve my skills. It’s the most important thing about being a musician, listening and learning. (P.S Lorde, will you marry me?)
Matt: No time for h8ers xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
Greg: Yeah I’m interested in opinions , but either way I’ll do what I want.

If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.

Ryan: Everywhere, honestly. I don’t really have a destination, as pretentious as that sounds. Matt will say Iceland and I concur.

Tom: New Zealand… It seems nice.
Matt:Iceland… No, North Korea.
Greg: Europe

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.

Ryan: Music is whatever you want it to be, like a kinky sex slave. Likewise, the moment you start questioning why that kinky sex slave is what it is, you take the fun out of it. If I had to impose one thing, it’s that music should be fun. It can be serious as well, but it should be fun with it’s seriousness.

Tom: Music is my life, my passion, my everything. I will rock until the day I die, I will roll until the end of the time. Death to all but metal, rock on or rock off!
Matt: Music can transcend the mortal soul from this dismal plane of existence. Wow haha gtfo (P.s. this answer was written whilst watching a papa roach video).
Greg: The first one, it can also teach you how to dance real slow.

Any last thoughts for your fans?

Ryan: Pre.

Tom: Order.

Matt: Our.

Greg: EP.


The Surrealists


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