Rock n’ Soul band produces first song, ‘Gone On’

Published 7:54 am Friday, December 31, 2010


CAPRON—Philip Surace and his son, J.T. Surace, have helped form the band Rock n’ Soul, and produce the group’s song, “Gone On.”

Band members include Philip Surace and his son on guitar, George Simmons as lead singer, Maurice Beard on bass and John Brockwell on keyboard.

“Me and George decided to do this song,” Philip Surace said. “It’s a song about people we used to work with that have moved on to other jobs or they died.”

Brockwell and Surace are no strangers to the music scene.

“I used to play in a band with him 25 years ago, and I hadn’t seen him since,” Surace said when talking about their former band, Street Survivors.

Surace contacted Brockwell and asked if he would like to join him in the studio once more.

“He said, ‘yeah,’ and we got together,” Surace said. “I got my son in it too. He’s an awesome guitar player. We all got together and we practiced twice. Then we went to the recording studio and did that song.”

Rock ‘n Soul in August recorded the song “Gone On” at Skip DE Rupa’s studio in Deep Creek.

“It was fun,” said J.T. Surace, a 16-year old Southampton High School student. “I had never done it before, you know, going into studio and things.”

“I’m really proud that (J.T.) could be with us,” his father added. “He’s been playing since he was 8. He got to go to studio at 16; that’s kind of unusual.”

The band plans to produce one or two songs a year.

“We’re not really a band; we’re musicians,” Philip Surace said. “We’re not going to play out anywhere.”

He is going to attempt to distribute the song to Franklin-based WLQM 101.7 and WHRO 15.

The compact disc is available at Edwards Hardware in Courtland and Grayson and Emma’s Garden Spot off Southampton Parkway.

“You’re really going to like it,” Philip Surace said.