The Surfactants
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The Surfactants

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"Perfect Porridge Review"

"One of the most satisfying electro-hybrid albums we've ever heard - ever." - Perfect Porridge

"Analog Electric Review"

"Their first album is perfect." Analog Electric - Analog Electric

"Chris Godsey/MNArtists Review"

"...well-produced, expertly executed...All those traits are represented in equal measures on The Surfactants...a very smart, successful experiment in computer-driven genre mashing." -Chris Godsey/MNArtists - Chris Godsey/MNArtists

"High Plains Drifter Review"

"The current album is amazing." -High Plains Drifter - High Plains Drifter

"Rift Magazine Review"

"These guys mix electronics with standard rock sounds, which ends up sounding pretty good." -Rift Magazine - Rift Magazine

"...and the heroine screams help! Review"

"If the songs on the band's MySpace site are any indication of what's to come, Duluth is a few months away from being kicked in the teeth." ...and the heroine screams help! - ...and the heroine screams help!


Untitled EP 1 - 2005
Untitled EP 2 - 2006
Diminishing Returns - 2008
[currently recording] - 2010



The Surfactants was formed in 2005 by Zac Bentz. A long time drummer and house and trance DJ, Bentz eventually found a new found inspiration in the Japanese new-wave spazz rock band Polysics. It wasn't long before he began writing songs in the style of his new found heroes. Eventually he called up a few of his friends, all veterans in the local music scene, and The Surfactants was born.

Fusing the aforementioned new-wave synth pop with their love of classic metal bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica, the band quickly found their own unique voice in a sea of abysmal synth-pop wannabees. Instead of adopting the usual batch of '80s kitch, they instead looked forward to a new style of heavy, dueling guitars, stuttering beats, screaming synths and pounding bass.

The vocal style of Marcus Matthews was also something outside of the usual new-wave style, eschewing the fractured, nerdy approach and instead falling closer into a Depeche Mode or Foo Fighters realm. This unexpected clash of styles sent audiences reeling and critics into fits of adoring apoplexy.

The band has released two untitled mini-albums and an mp3 only album that collects both of the two mini-albums into one solid package. New music will soon follow.

Outside of The Surfactants, Zac Bentz has remixed and collaborated on music by fellow Duluthians Low, Haley Bonar, and many others.