Montréal-based experimental rock outfit SUUNS— founding members Ben Shemie (vocals, guitar) and Joe Yarmush (guitar, bass) with Liam O’Neill (drums) — can trace their origins back to 2007: Shemie and Yarmush got together to make some beats, and it quickly evolved to a few songs. The duo was joined by O’Neill and Max Henry (keys) to complete the band’s first lineup. The band signed to Secretly Canadian in 2010. That year, Henry left the band as a full-time official member to pursue a scholarly career — although he continues to record with the band.
In 2020, the trio signed to Joyful Noise Recordings, who released that year’s Fiction EP and 2021’s The Witness.
Engineered by Adrian Popovich and recorded at Mountain City Recording Studio last July, the band’s latest single “Wave” evolved over an 18 month period of touring to support The Witness. “While touring The Witness, between plane rides, car rides, van rides, and text threads, we started working on new music,” SUUNS’ Ben Shemie explains. “New sounds and a new approach seemed to take shape while testing new material. What started to emerge were really slow songs, some strange experimentations, and some unclassifiable jams. Among these tunes, ‘Wave’ emerged.”
The slow-burning dirge-like “Wave” is rooted in relentless repetition, swirling and sludgy guitar textures, droning feedback and distortion, blown-out boom bap paired with Shemie’s plaintive delivery buried a smidge under the syrupy mix. Sonically “Wave” makes a nod at fellow Montrealers The Besnard Lakes before ending with a noisy, slow-burning fade out.
The accompanying video by Ilyse Krivel consists of time lapse footage of the sun setting over a body of water, superimposed by footage of rippling waves at the shore.
Along with the single and video, SUUNS announced a West Coast tour run. As always, tour dates are below. And for my West Coast friends and readers, tickets are on sale now. Additionally, the band will be selling a limited edition lathe cut 7″ of “Wave” at their merch table, and is currently available at Joyful Noise’ Recordings’ web store.
Thurs. Feb. 9 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Fri. Feb. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
Sat. Feb. 11 – Sacramento, CA @ The Starlet Room
Sun. Feb. 12 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
Tue. Feb. 14 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Wed. Feb. 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Thu. Feb. 16 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Fri. Feb. 17 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Sat. Feb. 19 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt Hotel (SRO)