Nü Sensae Announce Sundowning LP and Tour
If it was ever true (and it probably wasn’t), that whole idea of a slacker persona existing in the Pacific Northwest has gone stale. Just ask Nü Sensae, the Vancouver-bred punk trio who can’t seem to sit still and are set to release their 2nd LP, Sundowning, via Suicide Squeeze Recordson Aug 7th. The band is offering the a taste with the MP3 of “Swim” (See Spin debut May 15) and summer touring.
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Since forming in 2007 as the core duo of menacing bassist Andrea Lukic and octopus-armed drummer Daniel Pitout, the group has essentially devoured anything that has crossed its path, doing multiple laps around North America and releasing top-shelf DIY punk records that hit the elusive sweet spot between grunge’s most aggressive freakouts and hardcore’s best songwriting.
Years of hard work culminated in 2010’s TV, Death and the Devil, the band’s defining statement that landed them critical acclaim across North America. Rather than rest on their laurels, however, they continued their venomous pursuit of more with more EPs and more touring, satiating their global fanbase with a hand-crafted monthly newsletter sent through the good old-fashioned mail.
Refusing to repeat themselves, however, Lukic and Pitout have taken big risks with even bigger payoffs on this release. Proving just how unpredictable they can be, they abandoned their status as a duo – a favourite angle of both the media and fans – and recruited Vancouver noise rock great Brody McKnight as a full-time member. Previously working with the now-legendary group Mutators, McKnight has added another dimension of heaviness to the band’s already mind-melting sludge attack.
Expertly recorded by former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Josh Stevenson at his Vancouver studio, Sundowning is as engaging, terrifying and addictive as the band’s famous live show. Redefining the sound of punk while respecting and adhering to its hallowed history is no easy task, but then Nü Sensae have never been a band to make easy choices.
Sundowning Track List:
Tea Swamp Park
Curtle the Cream
First Born (Reprise)
Say What You Are
Eat Your Mind
Nü Sensae on tour!
May 23 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom (w/ Best Coast)
May 31 Portland, OR – The Tube
Jun. 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Knockout
Jun. 5 – Costa Mesa – The Observatory
Jun. 6 – San Diego, CA – Tin Can
Jun. 8 – Oakland, CA – 1234 GO! Records
Jun. 9 – Davis, CA – Boiz House
Jun. 10 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
Jun. 12 – Olympia, WA – The Northern
Jun. 13 – Seattle, WA – Black Lodge
Jun. 18 – Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar
Jun. 20-24 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
Jul. 21- Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
Praise For Nü Sensae:
“Vancouver’s Nü Sensae is a two-person whirlwind….they’re disorienting and momentous, heading right off a cliff. Daniel Pitout’s drums are like a car driving way too fast at night towards the edge with vocalist and guitarist Andrea Lukic in the passenger seat wailing panicked. –
“Vancouver, BC’s Nü Sensae have been turning heads with their venomous, murky, bass and drum punk attack since they first appeared on the now-legendary Emergency Room Volume 1. Their subsequent releases (a one-sided twelve-inch and the Three Dreams seven-inch) were apt representations of the duo’s ferocious live set. It’s on their debut album, TV, Death and the Devil, that they shine in the studio, however.” –
“For the louts at the back, this Vancouver duo make the soundtrack to somethin’ seriously seismic. Their short set was a hidden nugget of totally furious tightness in a sea of sweat-encrusted averageness. It was pared down, spooky, and they managed to play the hardest and most directly blistering set I saw all Fest, albeit to less than thirty people.” – Maximum Rock and Roll
“Nü Sensae play exhilaratingly ugly, Flipper-addled bass/drums punk that sounds like it’s never left the creepy basement that spawned it. Duos like this can tend toward the noodly or the art-school. These, however, are direct riff-driven songs, made distinct by the surprising versatility of Andrea Lukic’s screams and growls and Daniel Pitout’s inventive fills that complement the bass without being mere accompaniment. Somehow, this adds up to music that’s genuinely enjoyable.” –