Suzuki/Method – Sound Control, Manchester 19/10/13

The buzz around Salford’s Suzuki/Method has been gathering pace of late culminating in the release of their debut EP Native along with a special gig to mark the occasion.

Receiving support from Clint Boon, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio amongst others, the band also caught the ear of super producer David Tolan, who has worked with the likes of Primal Scream and Delphic, impressed with what he heard, he has produced the band’s debut EP Native, along with fellow producer Jim Spencer who’s credit include The Doves and New Order. Not bad going for a band that have been together for just over a year. So on the eve of the EP release what better way to celebrate than with a Saturday night launch party at Manchester’s Sound Control.

Given the two biggest exports from the city’s rich musical heritage are indie and dance it’s no surprise that these two worlds often collide, from New Order to Delphic, 808 State to pre-Doves Sub Sub, and it’s where these two worlds collide you’ll find Suzuki/Method uniting the dancefloor and the gig room under one roof.

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Kicking off with Ask For The Moon we are straight into the Suzuki/Method formula of four to the floor beats, soaring synth melodies combined with classic verse/chorus song structure and chiming guitar. Strangelet follows and is a more laid back affair with an 80’s New Wave feel to it which is in no small part down to the falsetto style vocals of singer and guitarist Adam Leishman coupled with an early Simple Minds era guitar sound.

Be Cruel / Be Kind had the room up and dancing with its infectious bass heavy rhythm, building to the breakdown and the subsequent drop back to the beat that had the crowd punching the air to the synth stabs. The 5-piece have the ability to create a club atmosphere whilst still maintaining the integrity of a band playing live. Lead track from the EP Sherbet is a made-for-radio gem that had the audience captivated in its glourious synth hook, the track has a pop feel to it in the true sense of it could easily cross over into mainstream airplay.

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The final two songs on the night moved the room into full on club mode, Down To This and Country Cousins had the assembles masses dancing away to the driving bass lines and europhic melodies, the acid house synths of the closing track wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the Hacienda dancefloor.

The Suzuki/Method sound harnesses the feel-good factor of dance music combined with intelligent song structures, meaningful lyrics and hooks that’ll stick in your head for days. The future is looking bright, with plans already in the pipe line for an album plus more live performances to bring their take on contemporary pop music to the masses.

What the band said: “We had such an amazing time at our “Native” launch! We treat every show we do as a reward for the hard work we put in to making this record….Manchester knows how to party!” Adam Leishman Guitar/Vocals

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** All pictures courtesy of PG Photography facebook website twitter

The Native EP is available now on A1(M) records and via iTunes
For a more in-depth review of the EP check out the The Barton Quandary
Set list:
Ask For The Moon
Strangelet
Pride
Be Cruel / Be Kind
Start Today Stop Tomorrow
Sherbet
Down To This
Country Cousins
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