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Ignore what your iTunes pigeonholes this as – ‘Zeroes QC’ is NOT a pop record. From the opening bass heavy onslaught of ‘Armed For Peace’, Montreal born Suuns mirror Blur when at their best and Kasabian when not. ‘Gaze’ merges a Sonic Youth drone with scuzzy Nirvana-esque guitars, but don’t fear, the four-piece haven’t made an entirely grunge nostalgia album, even if they would clearly sell their grans to live in an era of Kurt Cobain haircuts and Pixies T-shirts. ‘Marauder’ is an unexpected change of pace and could launch into Foals’ angular ‘Cassius’, there’s traces of a synth-heavy Fugazi on ‘Sweet Nothing’, ‘Arena’ is Primal Scream during their dark days (so, all of them) and ‘Pie IX’ is what would happen if Bjork stage invaded an XX gig. These Canadians sure do keep this music stuff interesting.

By Laura Davies

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