SISTER SUVI
by Sean
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Sister Suvi - "The Lot". I leave you with this, for the weekend. People say: okay, Montreal, played out. You've indie-rocked yrself dry, right? Running on fumes? And then we say a lot of things back. We throw fruit; we whip bagels and lob pierogies; we have snowballs and ice-cream cones. We take you the fuck out, you mess with us. I could name a lot of bands, some of the reasons why this city keeps catching me by the throat. But tonight I will name just one: Sister Suvi. You don't know them. Their debut album's not even recorded yet. Merrill's got the big bad wolf in her gut, blow you down.

Here's a song about a city, a city like the place you live - torn up, ripped out, scraped and bleeding and with such a thrill still in it. It's a fervour cooked in subway sparks, in arson, in the heat of kiss on kiss. Sister Suvi use ukelele, drum-sticks and three part-harmony; they use amplifiers and microphones and determination. The song is breathless, brilliant, and magnificently composed. They've listened to the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane", to Yeasayer, Akron/Family, Deerhoof, and Islands (with whom they share a member). And then they carried their turntable through the streets, raised on poles, to see if they could catch starlight in their records' grooves.

Now all they need to do is make an album like this.

[info - you can buy the Colour EP there but this is one of two songs from the upcoming debut LP, issued on a 5" CD called Mandala of Power]

Posted by Sean at April 11, 2008 3:24 PM
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yes, i saw them in toronto at the wavelength anniversary, very exciting music..

Posted by k at April 11, 2008 5:09 PM

how about really good videos?


have you seen the video for "Still Waiting" by The Greyboy Allstars -- with the Crank Yankers puppeters? It is so GREAT!
www.myspace.com/thegreyboyallstars

Posted by joelle at April 11, 2008 6:19 PM

Smashing! I love it! You friggin' Canucks rock!

@joelle: Give a hoot!

Posted by Kevin at April 13, 2008 4:37 AM

wickedsong

Posted by Moka at April 13, 2008 4:44 AM

Wow, thanks for sharing this -- s'brilliant!

Posted by kirsten at April 13, 2008 5:09 PM

yr
yrself
Hipster credibility?
It breaks my heart a little.

Posted by Sarah at April 14, 2008 11:12 AM

hearing this makes me resent my hometown a little less and miss it a little more.

Posted by camille at April 14, 2008 11:21 PM

Yes. Definitely yes.

If they live up that list of influences you give, I may have to marry this band.

Posted by Julia T at April 16, 2008 11:44 AM

sister suvi is magic.

i've been listening since the Garbus Gregoire days!

Posted by Jo Reid Sevigny at April 22, 2008 12:01 PM

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