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Well, it all goes back to 4th grade when Elliot, Neal, David(our former bass player), and I started a group called "Us" or "The Us Band". We were basically an alternative/rock group that had kind of a classic rock feel to it because that's basically all we listened too(Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, ect.). I remember our first gig so clearly. It was a summer party at The Harnett's house and the only reason we got the gig was because Elliot's dad was in a band which was also playing at the party. At this time, I think the year was 2006 and we were all about 11 years old. We played our two song set list and that was that. So we went on for a few years playing small gigs, whether it was a school talent show or a fund raiser of some sort. Throughout the years, we slowly progressed as a band, but as this was occurring, our friend and bass player was losing enthusiasm toward his role in the band. We had seriously been considering replacing him for quite some time, but eventually he came out on his own and said he didn't want to be a part of the band anymore. This was both a loss and a gain; We had lost a great bass player, but it gave us an opportunity to move on to the next chapter in our journey. This loss led to the gain of our current bass player Sage Wilkinson. He joined the band when we were in 7th grade. Possibly coincidentally, right about when he joined the group, we started playing larger venues and started attracting more fans than ever. We ended up recording two different times. The second time we recorded we had about 14 original songs. Soon after this, we played a benefit for a friend with cancer at the Felton Hall. This would turn out to be our last show as "The Us Band". Not purposely, we just kind of stopped playing for nearly a year, but we all still hung out consistently. Then, all of a sudden in the summer going into our sophomore year of high school, we decided to return from our hiatus and get the band back together. Although, this time we decided that our old genre was to mainstream and unoriginal. We also didn't like the band name anymore. So what we did was we changed the name, changed the type of music that we played, but we kept the same members in the band. We all felt the sensational feeling of rebirth as a group, that is at first. As we started jamming on our new song ideas, we realized that we all wanted different things. Some wanted to play just reggae, some wanted to play just punk rock, and some just didn't give a shit. During this time, we were arguing a lot and I was frightened that we were never going to resolve this issue. So again we just stopped playing, but this time it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. It gave us all a lot of time to think. So we came back and discussed our situation. We came to the conclusion that we would just play reggae and rock music to satisfy all of our needs. So we were back and more vibrant than ever. During the course of our new song writing, we picked up a jazzy/funk sound which is a very cool and unique addition to our reggae/rock sound in my opinion. The name "The Surface" actually came up accidentally. We had been running our brains constantly trying to think of a new name when one day I sort of mumbled an idea and Elliot thought that I had said The Surface when I had really said some other name that I don't even remember. Over the course of these few months, our friendship seemed to grow tremendously. This really helped the chemistry of the band and made it a lot easier to write new material. We also found it easier to write new material because we had all been playing together for so long that our minds seemed to work the same musically. We are currently very focused and dialed in musically and mentally. We are extremely excited to continue on pursuing this passion for as long as we live.

-Ajay 12/30/11

General Info

Band Members
Elliot Andrews-Guitar/Vocals, Ajay Morrison-Drums/Vocals, Neal Lynberg-Guitar, Sage Wilkinson-Bass
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Rock / Reggae / Jazz/Funk

Contact Info

Ben Lomond, CA