Surrender to Perth band’s high-energy music

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Rocking their signature superhero shirts, Sweet Surrender will take over The Geraldton Hotel this weekend for two free shows.
Camera IconRocking their signature superhero shirts, Sweet Surrender will take over The Geraldton Hotel this weekend for two free shows. Credit: Supplied

Perth pop-punk band Sweet Surrender are ready to take over The Geraldton Hotel for two free nights of high-energy music.

With a large collection of covers under their belt, the four-piece have songs to entertain everyone, from the 70s to now.

The boys will also play a handful of original songs they have been working on for their upcoming album.

Lead singer and bassist Vinny Douglas said even though the band loved playing their own songs, the covers were the ones that got people up and dancing.

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“People like to hear songs they know and have a good time,” he said.

“And if they’re having a good time, it gives us a good time as well.

“If there’s a good crowd, we like to see how (our originals) go down — more of a test really to see what people think.”

After graduating from Ballajura Community College, Douglas, his brother and keyboardist, Jimmy, and guitarist, Chris Samakovidis, started jamming together.

Forming in 2010, Sweet Surrender were off to a slow start after their original drummer quit.

The three boys spent seven months gigging without a dedicated drummer, instead hiring one out when needed.

That was until Beau Haines, who was 15 years old at the time, auditioned for the position.

“Beau was very young, but he was awesome,” Douglas said.

“I couldn’t believe he was that awesome at that age.

“His music teacher was also our old music teacher, so it worked out well for us.”

Although Sweet Surrender does not have a release date for their currently unnamed album, they are taking their time to perfect their debut release.

“We’ve got quite a few originals, so we’re picking and choosing what songs we want to put on there,” Douglas said.

“It’s a pretty long process; some parts you’re not happy with, some parts you are.

“Some, you’re not sure if you should take them out or leave them in.”

Sweet Surrender will play two free shows at The Geraldton Hotel on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4.

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