Land of Talk, Suuns Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Sept. 21, 9 p.m. 2010

Montreal four-piece Suuns (formerly Zeroes) make music that sounds like paranoia feels. Their forthcoming full-length debut, Zeroes QC (Secretly Canadian), pairs a mind-altering undercurrent of pulsing electro with a slashing, prickly rock-band core of guitar, bass, and drums; Ben Shemie's vocals, which skip from droning and bleak to hauntingly maniacal (see "Pie IX"), help create a creepy aesthetic reminiscent of Liars, except a little druggier and more erratic. On the lead track, "Armed for Peace," a chunky, stomping beat mutates into a falsetto-led jam full of X-treem guitar licks that reminds me of the late Party of Helicopters. The album lulls and numbs you with thick, hypnotic waves of synth, then shocks you back into consciousness with jolts of raw guitar noise; it'd make a great soundtrack for the kind of taut, tongue-gnawingly suspenseful scenes Stanley Kubrick is so good at. I just can't get over these guys—most live bands that lean heavily on electronics sound like pretentious assholes who think they can replace bashing with button pushing and not lose anything important. Hearing one that doesn't is goddamn riveting. Land of Talk headlines.

Price: $14, $12 in advance

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