Vernon electric-rockers Landing on the Sun are committed in their attack on Paralysis Particle. (Landing on the Sun Facebook photo)

Street Sounds: Local art-electro jams

Landing on the Sun’s Paralysis Particle evokes sound track sounds of noir films of the early ’80s

Vernon-based electronic rock band Landing on the Sun’s second recording, Paralysis Particle, is heavy on the artistic edge of electro music, evoking sound track sounds of noir films of the early ’80s.

The new addition of vocalist, Quinn Vienneau, brings an art school aesthetic to the group’s vibe. Her vocal posture is reminiscent of a Nico-esque Velvet Underground feel of detachment. It’s beguiling and when it syncs with Landing on the Sun’s electronic thrum on tracks like Monstrous, it recalls Emily Haines’ work with Metric.

It is an edgy sound, one that suggests a Blade Runner sci-fi context. Shall we say futuristic even if the future is here? That’s all right, though. With the synth and bass-driven punch and the restless guitar work, there are spooky sounds aplenty.

Eric Hutton (bass, keyboards, drums) and Billy Haner (guitar) get down with the flip side of ’80s guitar/keyboard textures that recall groups like Bauhaus. They experiment freely and take that spirit and hone it into tracks that pulsate darkly (Hold Me on Fire, It’s Like I Told You).

Paralysis Particle is a dark record and one that suggests a time travel to the underground chic nightclubs of the early ‘80s or an alternative soundtrack to the David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve movie, The Hunger.

The record has some heavily committed vibe.

–Dean Gordon-Smith is a Vernon-based musician who reviews the latest music releases in his column, Street Sounds, every Friday.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon Vipers defenceman lands with T-Birds

Jackson Caller commits to Point Grey campus for 2020-21

$173K to support Okanagan seniors amid pandemic

United Way announces more funding for frontline programs

Vernon couple support Kidney Walk despite setbacks

Jacqueline Marioni has had two kidney transplants; both organs have rejected or are rejecting her

Vernon Vipers land prep school blueliner

Griffen Barr, from Nanaimo, was captain of Shawnigan Lake club in 2019-20

Okanagan home sales increase over last month, still below 2019 numbers: OMREB

Sales, listings see increase over May’s numbers but dwindle in comparison to 2019

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Princeton RCMP sergeant kills cougar threatening residential neighborhood

An RCMP officer shot and killed a cougar, close to a residential… Continue reading

Pilot project approved: Penticton to allow alcohol in outdoor spaces

For almost two hours, council debated the proposed pilot project, before eventually passing it 4-2

Drugs, machete found in truck with stolen plate driven by Salmon Arm man

Chase RCMP arrest driver and have vehicle towed

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

B.C. schools see 30% of expected enrolment in schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Top cop calls video of Kelowna Mountie striking suspect ‘concerning’

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

Most Read