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Berklee alumnus Corey Lennox dreamed of somehow combining two opposing elements: the emotional accessibility of pop and the adventurous spirit of progressive rock. The result—Surreal, an American progressive pop/rock band that explores some of life's most extraordinary moments. This vision eventually took Surreal to a top 25 spot on national indie radio, and landed them with 10T records for their upcoming album.
Corey fell in love with music before he could talk (one of his first sentences was a B-52's lyric: "Tin roof, rusted!") but what really solidified his path as a musician was writing his first song, an instrumental called "Across the Sun". He was awestruck at music's ability to capture the exact feeling of a moment. What if you could crystallize the scenes of your life that are truly extraordinary—the ones that you never want to forget?
Collaborating with childhood friend Brandon Horsley, the two have been playing music together since they first met in 1993 when Corey moved to Georgia from Washington DC. Although very different personalities, their shared pursuit of great music enables them to work as perfect complements to each other. Brandon is an improvisational keyboardist, physics teacher, and jack-of-all-trades with an engineer's mind that seeks to understand the logistics of whatever it encounters. Corey is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter who thrives on spontaneity, and tries to find adventure in the people and places around him.
When Corey became fascinated with the songwriting process in his teens, he began a lifelong process of honing his craft. In 2009, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. After a few years of learning as much as possible and working on various musical projects in Boston, he soon moved back to Georgia to start the next step in his musical journey.
An important part of Surreal's creation was Brandon and Corey's discovery of progressive rock. To the uninitiated, it might seem that all music has to offer are three minute, four chord songs. But with bands like Rush and Dream Theater, there are musical challenges and intricacies. There's richness in the artistry— exploring every facet of what music can be, instead of only what's safe.
On the other side of the coin, they've also been equally influenced by artists who know how to find the majesty in our human experience and convey it through more straightforward means. This includes bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and U2, whose music is characterized by its undeniable passion and strong emotions.
Corey and Brandon longed to hear a style of music that laid somewhere in between these two extremes. It seemed that many progressive bands viewed emotion and songwriting as secondary to showing off their technical chops, and pop/rock bands could sometimes fall into the trap of becoming bland or predictable.
The music of Surreal is unique because it's a cross between these two worlds: progressive rock with its sense of grandeur and demanding instrumental writing, and the pop/rock world of catchy hooks and emotional connection. Factor in Corey's ambition to create songs that act as snapshots of life's exceptional experiences and the result is truly ambitious.
These songs are often reflections on love, faith, and adventure. Pain is looked at with an honest eye as well, in order to provide camaraderie and catharsis in the midst of the struggles we all face. No matter what themes are being explored, the end result is a clear intention to uplift- and to do so in a musically interesting way.
"You have to applaud Corey's song writing skills... I cannot help but imagine if these guys got a slot at the Reading festival they could really hit the big time… Surreal is a band with a lot of potential."
- Fireworks Magazine
"Received nothing but positive response. One listener in the chat room bought the album on the spot."
- Experiments in Mass Appeal
“These guys…should be on the radio as it is, and I’m sure we’re gonna hear a lot more of ‘em.”
- It’s A Podcast On the Radio
"Surreal has completely changed how I look at and appreciate music. Everything about this band is absolutely incredible and inspiring. You will not find a more unique or heartfelt band out there. Their music is catchy yet diverse, and culminates in a feeling that is utterly breathtaking and uplifting."
H.M. - GA, USA
"You officially just received a biggest fan. I haven't heard anything like it. You're a genius, everything you write- whether it be musically or lyrically- it's gold. You're an amazing musician and so is everyone else in Surreal. And I'm honestly honored… to get to hear the music you make."
D.D. - New Jersey, USA
"...There is no way to predict how a given song will unfold as one listens to it. There is so much diversity and scope WITHIN EACH SONG, let alone within the larger context of the album as a whole… Suffice to say for now, my dear Mr. Lennox, that I have been enchanted - swept away - by your compositions..."
P.S. - Canada
"I loved your music. The style is modern. I think you reinvented progressive rock."
R.C. - Brazil
"What I like most: it's not a clone of something. It's rather innovatory and fresh."
A.B. - Netherlands
"I appreciate SURREAL's approach to music - trying to infuse it with an uplifting spirit, lyrically and tonally. "
S.B. - Canada
Style and Genre:
Uplifting, Progressive Pop/Rock
Corey Lennox – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Brandon Horsley – Keyboard
Daniel Graham - Bass, Vocals
Jeffrey Matthews - Drums, Vocals
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