Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lawrence's Big Surrender on Army Wives

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 7:00 AM

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I don'ts gots cables, otherwise I might have plunked myself in front of the tube a couple weeks ago to catch Lawrence band Big Surrender on the Lifetime show Army Wives. And then I might have grown breasts, but it wouldn't have been the band's fault.

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Check out the playlist for episode 7, "Uncharted Territory," and go to the band's MySpace to hear the mighty catchy "Empty House."

Cool! But how'd they do it? Read on, friends, read on....

Here's the story. Surrender guitarist and singer Ryan Lallier and bassist Nate Harold (whom you know from locals Kelpie, Koufax, Cavaliers, the Buffalo Saints and others) used to be in a band you might've heard of called Waking Ashland, which Lallier co-founded in San Diego and which Harold joined later on.

Waking Ashland had some success, touring a lot and releasing its debut, Composure, on Tooth & Nail then following up with an EP (Telescopes) and its second full-length (The Well), both on the Immortal imprint. After the band broke up, Lallier came to Lawrence last summer with his friend Harold, then moved to Massachusetts for a while, then came back to Lawrence in time to contribute to Koufax's upcoming record, Strugglers, after which he made the decision to stay.

"I'd been through Lawrence a bunch of times on tour with my old band and always thought it was cool," Lallier told me.

Because Ashland had placed some songs on TV, Lallier had the contacts to pass along demos from his newly formed Big Surrender. And voila! Some supervisor for Army Wives liked what they heard.

Catch the Big Sur this Friday, August 1, at the Brick (with Softee and the ACB's), and this Saturday, August 2, at The Granada (with Clayton).

(Full disclosure: Big Surrender drummer Richard Gintowt is a freelance contributor to The Pitch. Also, I spelled "Massachusetts" right on my first attempt.)

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