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Suuns performing at Haldern Pop in 2013
Background information
Origin Montreal, Canada
Genres Electronic rock, krautrock, neo-psychedelia, art punk[1]
Years active 2006–present
Labels Secretly Canadian
Members Ben Shemie
Liam O'Neill
Max Henry
Joseph Yarmush

Suuns is a Canadian rock band from Montreal. The group was formed in the summer of 2006 when vocalist/guitarist Ben Shemie and guitarist/bassist Joe Yarmush got together to make some beats which quickly evolved into a few songs. The duo was soon joined by drummer Liam O'Neill and bassist/keyboardist Max Henry to complete the line-up.[2] The band signed to Secretly Canadian in 2010.


2010: Zeroes QC[edit]

In 2009, Suuns entered Breakglass Studios with Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes co-producing and engineering, and recorded their first album. The resulting Zeroes QC was released in 2010 that The New York Times referred to as offer a "rigorous strategy behind every gorgeous onslaught."[3] They toured the East Coast in the summer with Parlovr and further established their fan base during their fall tour with Land of Talk and The Besnard Lakes.

2011: “Bambi" b/w "Red Song”[edit]

Suuns spent much of 2011 performing at a plethora of festivals in the US, Europe and Canada including New York’s CMJ, SXSW, Primavera Sound, and over twelve other festivals. They also headlined a Canadian tour and co-headlined a North American tour with PS I Love You. During a rare couple weeks off in Montreal, Suuns decided to take a crack at a few new songs. “Red Song” and “Bambi” were extended pieces unlike Suuns’ previous works.

2012: Transitional[edit]

In 2012, Suuns were the curators for the SONIC CITY Festival in Belgium; this was just one of Suuns’ many festival performances of the year. Other festival performances included The National’s ATP Festival, London’s Village Underground, and Paris’s Point Ephemere. The band also spent much of the year preparing to release their second album, “Images Du Futur,” which they announced in November, and gearing up for the busy year ahead. They finished off 2012 with a month-long tour from mid-November through mid-December.

2013: Images Du Futur[edit]

2013 may be Suuns’ busiest year yet. The band kicked off the year with a January release of new music video “Edie’s Dream” and a February release of the video for “2020.” Their second album, Images Du Futur, was released by Secretly Canadian on March 5 (except in Canada: Secret City Records) in the middle of Suuns’ international three month tour featuring We Are Wolves and Plants and Animals. The Line of Best Fit describes the album: “Images Du Futur is exciting in a way that few albums manage to be, dangerous and compelling like a first cigarette or fumbled sexual encounter, and nothing here quite seems real: these ten tracks exist in a half-light, a nocturnal fog a step removed from lucid thought. And a long, long way from anything routine.” [4] In June 2013, the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.


  1. Zeroes QC (2010), Secretly Canadian
  2. “Bambi" b/w "Red Song” (2011), Secretly Canadian
  3. Images Du Futur (2013), Secretly Canadian