By Surprise’s ‘Criteria’ Out Today via Topshelf Records

By on January 15, 2013


Photo: Joe Lamberti

South Jersey indie rockers By Surprise ( will release their new Criteria EP on January 15th via Topshelf Records. The EP was produced and engineered by Dave Downham (who was also at the helm of their 2011 Topshelf debut, Mountain Smashers) at Familyre Studios inNew Jersey, where such artists as mewithoutYou and Sufjan Stevens have recently recorded.

Safely guarded behind four pairs of glasses and an arsenal of awkward tendencies, the members of By Surprise have spent an equal amount of time combing through the forgotten dust-filled grooves of 7-inch records released during the 90’s indie label boom, as they have with the off-beat and inspirational works of Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, and Douglas Adams.

Topshelf has launched pre-orders for the Criteria EP at:


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