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Veteran local band Slow to Surface calls it a day

Singer Benwood of Slow to Surface (FILE PHOTO: BILL HUGHES)
Singer Benwood of Slow to Surface (FILE PHOTO: BILL HUGHES)
We had Slow to Surface pegged to survive the apocalypse. Sadly, the local rock warhorse ended its 13-year run today. 

The quintet, which last released music in 2012, transitioned from its Product namesake in 2000, back when its heavy but cerebral guitar music served as a much-needed contrast against the local onslaught of nu-metal, while establishing a reputation as a no-compromise act that performed with emotional intensity. A handful of well-received albums followed, including 2007's The Reason, but STS never obtained the break or fanbase its talent might suggest. 

“We had a load of great times, but we also had our handful of false hope and reality checks,” said guitarist Zach Saucier. “Maybe it would have been a different story if we lived somewhere else. Not that Vegas was bad, it just wasn’t for STS.”   

Nonetheless, the band’s statement says its members would continue making music with different projects. Saucier recently released an EP under the name The Bar Lion, which he debuted last week in a DJ/guitar performance set at Insert Coins