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The spacey alternative rock band Surrounded hails from Vaxjo, Sweden. Formed in 2000 by Marten Rydell (vocals, guitar) and Marcus Knutsson (guitar), the two added Emil Petersson (keyboards, sampling), Fredrik Solfors (drums), and Jesper Petersson (bass) to the lineup to properly execute their lush Wall of Sound. Influenced by Pink Floyd, the Flaming Lips, and Neil Young, the band first came to the public's attention on the Emo Diaries, Vol. 9 collection. Deep Elm records released their full-length debut, Safety in Numbers, in 2003. ~ David Jeffries