Surrender is an Ottawa, Canada-based duo consisting of vocalist Scott McCash and multi-instrumentalist Dave Williams, conceived in the grand traditions of the synth-pop duos of the 80s and the moody alt-pop of the 90s.
Prior to Surrender's formation in 2018, Scott and Dave spent much of the 2000s playing in various punk/hardcore acts together and separately, including Crusades, The Creeps, Black Tower and others.
Surrender's self-titled debut full-length is a hopeful rumination on many of the anxieties associated with modern life - loss, love, illness, sexuality, fear, identity, and other such aspects of the human condition at this often-bizarre and troubling point in time.
The album was tracked throughout 2018 and 2019 at the members' home studios in Ottawa, with Alex Gamble (Alvvays, Tasseomancy, Fucked Up, Pup, etc.) producing/mixing at The Hive in Toronto.
The duo's sound draws from the more 'serious' side of 80s / early 90s synth / alt-pop music - specifically Erasure, Tears For Fears, New Order, etc., as well as modern acts like Cold Mailman, Hanne Kolstø and Imogen Heap, while also taking cues from the indie pop, Brit-pop, and Synth / Retrowave worlds.