Here’s a Quick Before It Melts first: we’re introducing you to a pair of Saskatoon-based bands simultaneously today because that’s the way they were introduced to us. The Moas and Susan collaboratively released a split cassette through Beaumont Records earlier this summer called Skid Fiction (love the name!) and said cassette made its way across the country and into our hands, like a torch rally for ragged guitar rock and loopy dreampop.
The Moas is Sonia Dickin (guitar, vocals), Chad Munson (guitar, synthesizers), Scott Gowen (bass), Sarah Rutley (organ, synthesizers, vocals), and Jeff Pederson (drums), who describe themselves as having pitched their sound “somewhere between Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, and a hard place.” The five songs on their half of Skid Fiction swirl, stream, and surge with electricity, charged by the dual current of Dickin and Rutley’s voices.
Susan is Josh Rohs (vocals, guitar, piano), Evan Kopchynski (vocals, guitar), Brennan Jelinski (drums), and Jordan Matheson (bass), who’s hazy, guitar-driven half of Skid Fiction gets grittier, a bit more dirty than their friends’ side, but always retains a certain artistic flair. Stand-out for me is “Stranger Fiction” with its heady brew of noise rock, punk, and lo-fi pop.
Skid Fiction is available as a whole digital download from beaumont Records, or you can purchase each band’s half at their respective Bandcamp pages.Tags: Susan, The Moas