Today we unleash a new, stark, dangerous, evocative, and sexy video for Suuns “Pie IX,” directed by Frederique Berube. It’s further proof that Suuns know exactly what they’re up to. The video is not safe for work unless you work where we do, where nothing is NSFW. You can also listen to the mp3 for “Pie IX” right HERE.
Suuns tour Europe this month, and in March and April, in addition to playing South by Southwest, Suuns will join both Crystal Castles and The Black Angels respectively on tour. Each of these artists represent a side of Suuns’ sound: Crystal Castles, the cool electronic ferocity; The Black Angels, the swaggering psych-rock assault. Check out the full tour dates after the jump.
Tonight at Brooklyn’s The Rock Shop, Quebec’s SUUNS make their triumphant return to the city that crowned them the drone princes of CMJ 2010. A three-night New York run this week will see Suuns bringing their goth-dappled art-rock to three different venue: The Rock Shop, Shea Stadium and The Mercury. See below for details, and get thee to one of these venues and hear/see why The New York Times noted the “rigorous strategy behind every gorgeous onslaught.”
In February, the young masters will journey across the icy Atlantic for Suuns’ first-ever European tour. Both France and UK have been abuzz with love for Suuns. NME recently declared their Secretly Canadian debut, Zeroes QC, a contender for one of its albums of 2011. All Suuns upcoming dates after the jump:
That’s right. Just look at those dudes. Suuns will cut you. And you’ll like it. The gang just capped off a coast-to-coast tour with a stunning performance at M for Montreal. Along the way, they laid down a pretty titillating set for the good people of Daytrotter. Get the jams — including early Suuns’ song “Disappearance of the Skyscraper” — RIGHT HERE.
And it seems Suuns have Daytrotter’s own Sean Moeller freaking out man. Moeller writes from the depths of his Suuns-induced psycho-paranoia: “From The Montreal band’s latest mind-fuck of an album is a discourse is taking a known thing or a known person and riddling it with holes and leaks all over the place. It takes some of those dark fears and makes them bright accusations, lit up fears that are then worn for a while and legitimately tamed. We tend to feel –when we’re panting and spinning in the vortex of a Suuns song — as if we’re blistering from getting cooked alive. We feel as if we’re being tested and as if we really are not here any longer. This — all of this that we’re hearing and experiencing – is the day of the locusts and that silent shrieking sound, like an emergency siren spraying off red warnings all throughout our head is our temporary warm and fuzzy feeling and we do like it.”
But yeah, to Moeller’s credit, it is kinda like that.
CMJ Festival takes over New York and Brooklyn for five days every year, but it only took one day and two performances for Suuns to take over the festival. Apparently the tasty soul food and pies at Pies N’ Thighs is the perfect fuel for dark drone electro-pop (I should have known something brilliant was in the works when the guys got all Popeyed up, devouring heaping plates of creamed spinach). Suuns started the evening with a set at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg where apparently hipsters were actually dancing (!) to their set. Photos of the performance can be seen HERE.
From there Suuns headed into New York for a late night set at Piano’s where they looked downright deadly under a wash of murderous red light. They performed with a supreme intensity that brought the crowd to a fever pitch. After witnessing this performance Jon Pareles of the New York Times called Suuns “Drone Scholars” continuing, “They can let a chord ballon into psychedelic meditation (abetted by a guest saxophone honker), work a drone riff into a dance beat, hurl one at hardcore speed for a intense one-minute song, or peck at it with the obsessiveness of a kraut-rock band… there was rigorous strategy behind every gorgeous onslaught” (read the full review HERE). NPR was in the house too, and captured a little video of the set which you can check out above.