Many years and five bands later and now L.A. singer-songwriter John Surge steps out on his own to record and play live as a solo artist.
“I’ve always been drawn to the mystique of a musical gang,” says Surge. “But it felt like time to test my own instincts and follow my own path as a solo artist.”
To support new songs and a new sound, Surge has put together a crack band – The Haymakers – of LA roots rock veterans that includes Randy Volin on lead guitar, Ted Russell Kamp on bass/backing vocals and Simon Runge on drums.
Surge has traded in his electric Telecaster for an acoustic guitar and there’s more of an emphasis on country, blues and folk elements added to Surge’s power pop early career as a songwriter with bands The Trouble Dolls and Pinwheel. The result – a highly infectious feel-good country-rock/Americana blend.
“I’ve rediscovered my love for the seminal bands I spent many nights seeing in small LA clubs and I’m taking renewed inspiration from how great they were,” says Surge. As if you can see him reliving those smoky booze filled nights, he mentions early Los Lobos, the Blasters, Rank ‘N’ File, the Long Ryders, Peter Case, the Beat Farmers, Lone Justice, and The Rave-Ups. “In my own small way, I want to carry on and honor that LA roots tradition. I have started to mix in some covers from these songwriters that I love.”
John Surge and The Haymakers have recorded a single, “Heather Lee,” with producer Ed Tree and will be releasing a debut album in 2018 recorded with Kevin Jarvis.