Tristan Psionic

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Tristan Psionic
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1991 – 2010
Labels Sonic Unyon
Past members Sandy McIntosh
Mark Milne
Tim Potocic
Rob Higgins
April Sabucco
Peter Kirkpatrick
Gary "Wool" McMaster
Doug Lea

Tristan Psionic was a Canadian indie rock band. The band members also founded the music label Sonic Unyon.


Triston Psionic was formed in 1991 in an industrial warehouse loft in Hamilton, Ontario. The band consisted of vocalist Sandy McIntosh, guitarist Mark Milne, bassist Gary "Wool" McMaster and Wet Spots drummer Doug Lea.[1] The band was named after a pet.[2] This lineup recorded a cassette, Psix Psong Demo.

Tim Potocic replaced Doug on drums in 1993.[3][2] The band formed its own label, Sonic Unyon Records, to release its albums;[4][5] their first album was The Sounds of Tristan Psionic.[6]and developed the imprint into one of Canada's largest independent labels.[7]

After Wool's departure, Heimlich Maneuver bassist Peter Kirkpatrick was enlisted to help write and record TPA Flight 028 and was replaced by April Sabucco shortly thereafter. Sabucco was in turn replaced by Rob Higgins on the band's final release, Mind the Gap.


Other releases[edit]

  • The Allied Nations Victory (Sonic Unyon, 1999), split 7" with Primrods


  1. ^ "A & E MUSIC | All Hail the Unyon: Peelin' back the years of Hamilton's seminal indie record label". Hamilton Magazine, BY James Tennant
  2. ^ a b " SUPERCRAWL: Understanding its roots and why fall fairs draw us in". Hamilton Spectator, Sep 06, 2014 By Jon Wells
  3. ^ "For two Hamilton buddies, home building is a gut job". Dave LeBlanc, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 22, 2015
  4. ^ Michael Barclay; Ian A. D. Jack; Jason Schneider (2011). Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press. pp. 98–. ISBN 978-1-55490-968-1. 
  5. ^ Larry LeBlanc (23 September 1995). Sonic Unyon Stays True to its Artists. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 64–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  6. ^ "The Sounds of Tristan Psionic". AllMusic Review by Sean Carruthers.
  7. ^ "Tristan Psionic". Exclaim!, By Cam Lindsay. Dec 07, 2009.

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