"The Show" CDEP
Genre: alternative rock, techno,
Mar 6, 2009
The Surgents are Dr. Octavo,
The Professor, and Ayan Pax, and together they play
electronic-infused rock music with impressive
polish. Dr. Octavo (Tomas Brabec) has spent years
composing techno singles and doing remix work (including a mix for
Justin Timberlake), while The Professor is actually
Colin Oberst, winner of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada anthem
challenge (and apparently an Oilers fan, to boot). Ayan Pax,
meanwhile, is a lawyer.
Overall, this sort of pop-rock is nothing
spectacular or particularly inventive, but it has been pulled off with
impressive fluency. Lead single "The Show" is the principal focus on
this disc, and it is a fairly infectious slab of programmed hard rock.
And the best thing is, if you didn't like the original, there's four
other mixes to choose from! In fact, the punchy "Dr. Octavo Dance
Radio Mix" turns out to be the best one here, even
rivalling the original.
"Calls in the Night" is the auxiliary
single, and it resembles its predecessor but features more
synthesizers and a more immediately catchy chorus. Five additional
mixes are provided, including a refreshing acoustic version.
Meanwhile, I find "Terra Mater" to be the strongest composition here,
while "Talk Talk" is bland and irritating. The Surgents' The
Show is a consistent work of polished rock music and techno
remixing, although it could afford to take a few risks.
Fun Fact: The Show is probably one
of very few records to have the words Roman Hamrlik appear on it. Go
"the show" video
[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by
released April 2008]