Suuns hail from Montreal, but the starched, pensive sound the quartet showcases on debut EP Zeroes—pinched synthesizers, metronomic drumbeats, electronic textures, gristly yet mannered guitar pyrotechnics—feel distinctly cosmopolitan, an unlikely composite of influences that succeeds despite its obviousness. (Think Radiohead cross-pollinated with Walking With Thee-era Clinic and vintage Krautrock.) While singer/guitarist Ben Shemie, guitarist/bassist Joe Yarmush, drummer Liam O'Neill, and keyboardist Max Henry hold a strong melodic hand, they refuse to place all their cards on the table at once, instead feeding out conceptual strips and streamers that focus the attention more than a compositional full-court press might. There's a nocturnal intimacy and honesty to Suuns' bleak pulsations; the band gives voice and shape to the magical desperation so common to the twilight hours, when emotions seem, impossibly, capable of making anything happen. If they take the stage after 11:52 p.m., watch out. With Land of Talk. 18+.
Wed., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., 2010