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C.D. On Songs : Beat Surrender – "All That I Can Do"

June 17, 2010

My friends, the Beat Surrender is gonna be there. They’re gonna be there to see The Battleships Cometh playeth. They’re gonna be there to count and find out if 51 Shortfalls actually falls short (I bet they won’t but, hey, maybe if they sent us some music…). They’re gonna be there to say “Hello, Hello Ninja.” What does this all mean? Why, it means they’re playing tonight at McGann’s Irish Pub. So throw on your old #33 BIRD jersey and head over to the (neighborhood of) the Garden.

Beat Surrender – “All That I Can Do”
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Ahh… someone has read the unofficial “C.D. On Songs” manual; in particular the section that encourages bands with a pronounced tonewheel organ presence. In this case, the organ presence is a greasy, all-encompassing one that provides a multi-harmonic bed as well as a cover for the rest of the song.

What is inside this tonewheel sandwich? A swaggering guitar leads the way into and through the song. Where the guitar blazes its trails through the track, the vocals follow. While “All I Can Do” is certainly an ensemble work, the punchy vocals grant it a personality and exuberance that is catchy in its own right, even without the hooks (of which there are many).

“All That I Can Do” is a charismatic piece; it’s hard not to want to get caught up in the joyful, fist-pumping vibe of the song, especially when the descending “Go! Your! Way!” comes around in the chorus. By the second time it happens, we’re in, we’re shouting and we wish we knew more lyrics. All there is to do? Hit “repeat” and let that sucker go.

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Want to submit your band’s song to C.D. On Songs?

To be reviewed in a C.D. On Songs column:

*Be a Boston-based band/artist.

*Email a single mp3/m4a/etc. (or a download link to one) to cdonsongs (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject line “C.D. on Songs” (DO NOT send us a bunch of songs and make us pick, we will ignore you). We require a file – not a streaming link.

*Include album cover art if you have any. If you don’t, a band photo or logo is acceptable.

*Tell us when you want to see it! Give us the date of your show and we’ll make sure it runs as close as possible to that day. No kidding.

We will assume that we have your permission to make the song downloadable on Boston Band Crush (readers will want to hear it, after all). If that’s not ok with you, say so and provide us with a link to the song on an embeddable player like ReverbNation – something we can include in the post (and not just link to).

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