Surrogate emerged from the break-up of Number One Gun when multi-instrumentalist Chris Keene, wanting to take a simpler more quiet approach to music, wrote a batch of songs heavily influenced by Neutral Milk Hotel and America. Jordan Mallory joined Keene to form Surrogate and record a demo of quiet, plaintive songs that feature simple folk-oriented song structures and bright pop-rock oriented arrangements. Surrogate's first CD, Love Is Rich, was released on Tooth & Nail in 2007.
Surrogate's debut established the band as being well versed in a variety of writing styles ranging from folk to danceable pop-rock to alt-country, and Surrogate's sophomore release Popular Mechanics continued in that tradition, the band devoted themselves to developing this new batch of songs into a more cohesive flow. Catchy hooks and mellow but poignant instrumentation find themselves being the strongest of the common threads tying the record together. The band maintains that they write "intelligent pop songs for people of moderate to great intelligence," and while intelligence may or may not have anything to do with its creation, Popular Mechanics is sure to find its way into record collections of all intellectual persuasions.
In 2010, Surrogate left Tooth & Nail and decided to try their hand as a independent band.
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|Love Is for the Rich||2007||Tooth & Nail Records|
|Popular Mechanics||2009||Tooth & Nail Records|