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Time to Look Directly at the Suuns

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Time to Look Directly at the Suuns

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Last year, the Montreal-based indie-rockers in Suuns set out to create an album that defied the genre.

They succeeded, and their debut, Zeroes QC, is a deeply experimental, strangely appealing effort.

The album was a long time coming. Back in 2006, Ben Shemie and Joe Yarmush got together for one beat-making session -- and ended up spending four years developing their ideas. However, after one listen to Zeroes QC, it becomes clear that the wait was worth it.

Known as much for their restraint as for their ability to create crazy sounds, Suuns are also unafraid to ruffle feathers. They recently released a dark (literally and figuratively) video for their song Pie IX (not safe for work). Check out the video when you get home tonight; for samples of their work that you can listen to now, download their song "Arena" (MP3).

The band's live show has received rave reviews from established outlets like the New York Times, and in the music-blogging community. After seeing the band play at New York's Mercury Lounge, Death + Taxes was left with this impression: "Within 30 seconds of seeing Suuns play live, three things were apparent: These guys love what they do, they are damn good at it, and they play with ... intensity."

The band's March 2 show at House of Blues should be no exception. The Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles will headline. Get your tickets here.

T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.

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