Occasionally, paths cross at just the right time, in the right place, and within the right circumstances. Such is the case for San Francisco alternative rock upstarts Static and Surrender—Jeff Campbell [lead vocals, guitar], Adam Schuman [guitar, vocals], John Schuman [drums], and Lauren Stockner (bass).
Brothers John and Adam had already established themselves as popular Bay Area players, with The Trophy Fire, a unit that garnered critical acclaim and played alongside everyone from Dredg to The Dear Hunter. Within that same scene, Jeff earned recognition by receiving national songwriting awards, shared the stage with artists such as John Mayer, and fronted Pine and Battery, among others. One night, a chance encounter between Jeff and Adam paved the way for what would become Static and Surrender.
“I ran into Adam and his wife at a restaurant,” recalls Jeff. “We started talking about the static and stagnation we’d both been feeling about our careers, and how we’d both sort of surrendered to it. A day later, he sent me a bunch of demos. As soon as I heard them, it just felt right.” “We had known each other just by way of playing music,” adds Adam. “There was a mutual admiration from afar.”
They wasted no time and entered a Berkeley, CA studio with producer Jim Greer [The Rondo Brothers, Foster the People,) to bring their ideas to life. They also quickly caught the attention of Los Angeles based Funzalo Records label head Mike Lembo, who flew to San Francisco to see them live and immediately liked what he heard.
Paving the way for their upcoming full-length album, due out in 2018, the band recently released a video for the song “Fall on the Blade.” See it here: https://youtu.be/RFrGcFMZlTM
“If a song stirs emotion in you, speaks to you, causes you to sing in the shower, or makes you want to have sex, we’ve done our job,” Jeff leaves off. “The music we like gets us through our days. We hope we can do the same for other people.”