"A General Dogsbody" is the second work by Suralin, which was founded in 2009, after "Leda" in 2010. So the Chemnitz Quartet is going through the roof. The new album is also very fast: ten songs in about 40 minutes, ten times indie rock with enough noises to get the recognition of the New York bands of the early eighties. It's edgy, angular, even scratchy, as it goes on in "(F... You) Being Plastic" or in the title track. The harsh riffs in "Catharsis?" do credit to the songname. The singing is often alienated and sometimes reminds of Mark E. Smith (The Fall). The bass was occasionally mixed quite loudly and sometimes even brought into focus ("Bright Black Morning Light"). There is a balance between the extremes of monotonous rhythms and constant changes. Even friendly, bright, open sounds sound. Despite its title "Keep It Dark" comes along quite lively. And surprises with an instrumental part consisting of guitar, bass and clapping. Amazingly mature.
Top track: Sonata For A Good Soul