“Listen – I think you will be impressed.”
Those are the words of NPR World Cafe’s legendary David Dye, used in reference to the indie rock band Surgeons in Heat. Led by Johnathon Mayer, the band has become known for their catchy, AM pop that’s helped make them a staple in the midwest music scene.
Surgeons in Heat first made waves with their April 2011 self-titled EP, recorded at the Pearl Recording Studio in Minneapolis, MN. The EP could not have been released at a more appropriate time, as it provided the perfect soundtrack to a leisurely, carefree and memorable summer with strong grooves and smooth vocals that take their time and soothe. In the year since the first EP release, Surgeons in Heat have played alongside such well-known acts as The War on Drugs, Tennis, The Lemonheads, Caveman and Plants and Animals.
A year after the release of the debut EP, Surgeons return with another, Midnight At Bellevue. This release was recorded and produced at Vinnie’s House of Doom in Milwaukee, WI by Mayer and Vincent Kircher. While the soul element was present on the debut EP, it comes out in full-force with the latest release, drawing from influences like Prince, Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson. In mid April, the band will set out on an 11-date, east coast tour to promote the new EP. Both EP’s will also be released as one vinyl LP. [+]