In 2010, Zeroes QC, the debut Suuns record set a boorish artistic tone. Through its complex and dour nature it attracted rightful intrigue, and those who had caught the Montreal-based foursome live would agree that the manner of the shows nursed the same teat. Everybody then eagerly awaited word of a follow-up effort until it was gifted in November 2012.

Edie's Dream' was ousted as the lead single from Images Du Futur and it is enticing. The video was directed by the band itself and wept from the same ducts that previous pieces like '2020' had. After months of teasing us with live shows, videos and snippets, Images Du Futur was finally released last Tuesday (5th March). Suuns keyboardist/bassist Max Henry took a short hiatus from a bustling schedule to throw some dice and chat with The 405 about the brand new release amongst other things.

What type of record is Images Du Futur?

Images is a second record, inescapably so. There's been a continuity for us on the road - but records are discrete. This will establish a trajectory for the listener.


What was the writing process for the album this time round? How did you find it?

The first record was really about cataloguing our material. We had no particular ambitions for it - like the band equivalent of buying a house, or getting married. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I think it was more important that it be a true catalogue, no darning.

After a year on the road we came to the studio with a clear identity. There was less diffidence this time around, more impulse. We could make more use of the studio an extension of the band or a compositional tool, without feeling like liars.


What kind of impact did Jace Lasek have on the new release?

Jace is like a translator. Recorded music is a language musicians aren't always fluent in.


How do you feel that your lyrics have developed since Zeroes QC?

I think you might be able to hear them this time.


Did you enjoy playing at ATP festival last December? Do you think it is unique as a festival? What would be your standout festival experience to date?

ATP was a blast, the way any POW camp turned tawdry vacation centre turned dystopic-fest site should be. It is unique, thank god. But I think St. Malo might still be my favourite festival gig.


The video for 'Edie's Dream' is shot in the woods of Quebec; how does Montreal inspire your work? Is there a reason that so much music has emerged from the city (Montreal) in the past ten years?

There is no city in the world like Montreal - its development has been subject to so many opposing forces, things come and go with the tide. So the culture's a bit of a ghost. The streets and buildings are falling apart. There's something very poignant about it, our terrible beauty. And it's shit cheap.


Have your priorities shifted since you were Zeroes in the beginning? How do you expect them to change in the future?

As Zeroes the priorities were simple, the same as any band; just moving forward. We have a little more say in the matter now, the choices are more nuanced, but it's essentially the same.


Are there any plans beyond this summer's tour?

More shows, more fun, more walking, more bombs, more swimming.


Images du Futur is out now on Secretly Canadian, and you can read our review of it by heading here.