London based five-piece Suzerain recently released their double A-Side single Dark, Dark/Manhattan digitally and will release the single on 12” vinyl in September via Brainzone. It was produced by double Grammy Award winner Steve Lyon.
The long awaited follow up to their 2011 debut album Midnight In The Drawn City and the 2012 A Mirror Now EP, Suzerain return with a darker more industrial sounding double header of a single, taking inspiration from the likes of Depeche Mode, NIN & Berlin era Bowie. Dark, Dark is politically heavy with fantastic lyrics of anarchy cast against images of world leaders like George W Bush and David Cameron. It highlights the issues with society, “See the sex shine kids with their pop, pop art/Do you feel alright/Do you feel real smart/Do you breath breath deep/Do you shatter shatter apart/I’ll be your living end/I’m just a super clown/’Cause I got what I wanted/There is no way out/And I’m not buying in/And I’m not selling out”. It’s a song that can open your eyes, if you let it. We’re the clowns. Clowns to the governments, to conformity and security. The video is a simple affair – political imagery flashes through the words portrayed. The words are not always the lyrics to the songs but words, quotes and phrases linked to the idea of bureaucracy, control and power and what we constantly fight against in order to live peaceful lives, “War/Paint/Tribal/Colours/Know your rights/Hold on tight/Don’t let go…”
With a remoulded and refocused sound from their debut, the band are currently putting the finishing touches to their second album. Pushing themselves to the limits of perfection and inspired to stretch musical boundaries, the album will arrive in early 2015.
Suzerain are: Thomas Pether (vocals) Rich Summers (guitar) Mike Smith (bass guitar) Matt Constantine (keyboards & cello) Ben Howe (drums).