All Around Surround is a complete hit. It has a captivating, unique sound that starts with the first track yielding catchy music with an interesting and different tone from former Denison Marrs frontman and songwriter Eric Collins. It gives the band — which is, effectively, Collins’s solo project — a feel unlike any other band in the alternative rock genre. The indie-sounding “Architects” was an immediate favorite. “Wolves” sounded more distraught in the musicianship at the beginning, which separated the track from the others, but Mrenc’s songwriting pushed the tempo. With the lyrics “running through the wolves” coming out of the speakers, you can feel yourself starting to connect with the music, your heart racing a bit as you transition from the slow-and-eerie to the fast-and-upbeat sound. “Your Call” slows it down again, but Mrenc’s best are the two ending tracks: “Dying Over You” and “Cover Me.” Overall, this album not only is an enjoyable and affecting listen, but it will pique your interest for what the band can do in the future.
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