Suns — ‘Strangeland’

Some weeks ago my earholes were overwhelmed — thrashed about, really — by a Chicago-based group doing good things for city scene. The perpetrator was Suns. They happened to go on after the band I came out to see at Subterranean: Caught in Your Pockets.

The evening’s takeaway was as follows: Suns is tremendously loud. Six people, sure, with two of ’em totally trouncing upon respective drum kits.

So four guitars and two drums. Like two bands deciding it a good idea to marry and then, you know, play shows together.

Late last year Suns ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter — yeah! — and its fans are now realizing the fruits of their moneys. Suns’ forthcoming debut full-length, When We Were Us, appeared on Bandcamp this week and one of the few tracks you can now stream — “Strangeland” — is one I’ve listened to regularly.

Suns gave me access to When We Were Us in full a few days ago, but for now, my attention’s been dominated by “Strangeland.” It, I think, captures what I think so awesome about Suns. They’re noisy, yes, but blended with hushed sensibilities when the instrumentals break for Mikey’s vocals.

Check ’em out at the Empty Bottle later today. Information below.


  • The Chicago-based Suns is Nick Enderle (guitars, mandolin, springs, vocals), Matt Lemke (rhodes, magnus, harmonium, synth, guitar, vocals), Kody Nixon (bass, banjo, vocals), Mikey Russell (guitars, vocals), Clinton Weber (drums, glockenspiel, vocals) and Chris Pagnani (drums, clarinet, vocals). | Facebook
  • Suns storm the Empty Bottle tonight. Support: Each Other, The Uglies. Three bucks. | Event Info

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