SUIR is a duo based in Cologne, which started in 2017 when Denis Wanic (guitar and vocals) and Lucia Seiß (guitar, synths, and bass) joined forces for their band project.
In a constant interplay between the guitars, supported by energetic drum rhythms and melancholic lyrics, SUIR produces reverberated shoegaze and cinematic, atmospheric music defined by dense and complex sound walls. This rich, velvety sound constantly shifts between post punk, dark shoegaze, heavy dark wave, and psych, but due to their own sound creations, none of these genres can be unambiguously attributed. The music combines heavily influences by contemporary bands like Bleib Modern, The Underground Youth, The KVB, The Brian Jonestown Massacre or shoegaze pioneers like My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Their live performance is expanded by a visual program which is strongly influenced by the origin of the two from the fields of art history and philosophy and builds a filigree and gloomy overall concept. SUIR has toured from eastern to western Europe, performing as main or support acts for artists like Motorama, Lebanon Hanover, Esben and the Witch, The Underground Youth and The KVB, and appeared at major festivals that include Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT), NCN-Festival and Owls ´n´ Bats Festival.
The duo released two full albums, „Ater“ and „Soma“ with Black Verb Records and Manic Depression Records (Vinyl, CD, Tape). 2021 they created „Studio Session“, a live session recording in SUIR’s discography, which was released April 1st by Wave Tension Records (Vinyl, CD, Tape). Their third album „Not all of your pain is self chosen“ is released via This Charming Man Records, October 14th 2022.
“Together both Denis Wanic and Lucia Seiss compose a processional dirge that evokes the atmosphere of a mournful and paralytic dream—where every contrasting line and edge is embossed with gray. Ater is dark ambient psychedelia post-punk at its best.” – Post-Punk.com
“Everything here is monochromatic. It’s almost synesthetic impression but everything here seem to be black and white. Like a photograph with lots of noises, SUIR’s observations are similar, dark and melancholic.”
– Record Book
“They lead us through several slowly building sound layers that combine a shoegaze wrapped in reverb, art-rock and some elements of post-punk and coldwave. All of this, framed in a nature of essentially minimal structure.”
– Threshold Magazine
“SUIR interweave dark and eighties-inspired synth sounds, drum machines and synthetic bass lines to create a sound that drifts the duo towards Lebanon Hanover, Selofan or Holygram.”
“The revival of Art-Punk could not have sounded any better. The velvety smooth sonic waves that emanate from this amazing new creation by SUIR will take your breath away leaving you stunned for more deep, lovely ominous sounds.” – Shoegazer Sanctuary Music