SUICIDE, the celebrated and increasingly thought of as seminal duo of Alan Vega and Martin Rev, is to have their first collection – Surrender, released via the ever brilliant Mute / BMG label on March 25th.
From it is a new short film directed by Douglas Hart (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, The Jesus & Mary Chain) of an alternative, and never released version of Frankie Teardrop, taken from the bands 1977 self-titled debut.
It’s as typically in your face and motorik as you can imagine, driving and pulsating underneath these powerful yet understated vocals. Check it out, here
With sleevenotes by longtime fan and friend of the band, Henry Rollins, the 16-track album^ features previously unheard material, and will be available on blood red double vinyl with an embossed, mirror-boarded gatefold sleeve; CD with embossed outer sleeve and digitally.
Intended to serve as an introduction to their incredible five-decade long career, Surrender includes tracks from their debut album Suicide (1977), through to their final studio album release, American Supreme(2002). As Rollins explains, “This gathering of songs is not a “best of” nor is it a “definitive” all-you-need-to-know compilation. It is an introduction that will hopefully compel you to explore the albums.”
The tracklisting, which has been collated by Martin Rev, Liz Lamere (Alan Vega’s collaborator and wife), Henry Rollins and Jared Artaud, includes two brand new, unheard tracks: ‘Girl (Unreleased Version)’ and ‘Frankie Teardrop (First Version)’, alongside classic tracks such as Dream Baby Dream, Cheree, Rocket USA, Surrender and Why Be Blue? – all fully remastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering, who previously remastered the recent acclaimed Art of the Album reissue of their debut album. The album artwork’s concept and design- presented on the vinyl as an embossed, mirror-boarded gatefold sleeve – is by Michael Handis, with art direction by Jared Artaud.
Surrender is released on Mute / BMG on 25 March 2022.