Surgeon may have gotten its start as a high school band practicing near Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, but of late it’s been hard to miss the group on the Fishtown/Northern Liberties scene. And that’s a good thing, considering their style of rock is an invigorating, lively blend of classic, metal and indie that has capped off many a good evening in local clubs. Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, AC/DC, the Toadies and the Pixies are some of the bands that inform Surgeon’s sound, though it is fair to say that the musicians spent the last couple of years forming a sound very much their own. Surgeon is, indeed, a band that is hard not to take notice of — if only for the sheer amount of energy they bring to the stage. Their music is loud and big, full of tight and blistering guitar riffs, hammering bass lines and the punchy vocals of front man Sean Bolton, a.k.a. "Scan Boltron." Formed in 2003, the band consists of vocalist Bolton, who also handles bass; Jersey native Chris Wilson on rhythm guitar; Ari Miller on drums; and Lydia Giordano, who pens the songs and rips it up with her crushing, standout lead guitar. Their dynamic is, to say the least, impressive. Bolton superbly does his part as the front man, enthusiastically thrashing about the stage while delivering his vocals with passion and still managing to thump out the bass lines that keep the songs throbbing along. But perhaps the most thrilling part of their shows is the most subtle as well. Standing just off to side, the fiery-haired Giordano works her magic with little fanfare, filling the air with absolutely crushing guitar riffs. It is a stage presence that seems to say much about the quiet genius behind the booming music of Surgeon. It also is something not to be missed."

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Jan 16 2006
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Years playing music:
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
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2-3 nights a week
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Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, AC/DC, Pixies


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