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Dan Busheikin and Michal Searle‘s work appeared on the site before when we posted about their excellent dream-pop project Grounders. Those guys have their hands in a number of places, including the also-excellent, also kind of reverby dream-pop band Sunreels. You can download their Demonstration EP for free off their bandcamp. It’s pretty cool. - Gold Soundz

"First Sounds of The Fall"

Sunreels opened the evening. A relatively new band, they started playing to a slowly-growing Thursday night crowd. The 4-piece displayed an obvious sense for bright melodies and sunny keyboard and guitar arrangements, somehow reminiscent of late 1960’s piano-driven tunes or, more recently, Pixies-like song structures. Not unlike Frank Black, the vocal lines in Sunreels, shared by drummer Jonathan and guitarist/keyboardist Dan (more on him later) often begin unsuspectingly to end in a Surfer Rosa-era growl. But what made their set exciting was also the hint of other influences, some reverb-drenched guitar lines or even an acoustic interlude with 4-part vocal harmonies.

As Sunreels were ending their set, more friends and familiar faces kept coming in, which led to some fun banter with the crowd. And even though the turnout was still modest by the time they finished their last song, there was no doubt that these 4 guys will keep on having fun and having a good time in front of growing audiences. - Amberhaze


Demonstration EP - released 30 October 2010



Sometimes great music is the sum of meticulous, motivated planning. But sometimes it surfaces unexpectedly, like when late in 2008, four friends set up three amplifiers and a borrowed drum kit in a decaying Chinatown basement. Two years later, Sunreels are working on their debut record, delivering a sound that reflects the environment from which it came - dirty, cold, and oddly beautiful.

Lyrically, Sunreels likes to explore the relationship between memories and dreams. This comes naturally to Jonathan Pappo (vocals, percussion) whose nomadic past - moving between Memphis, Oakville, Texas, Vancouver, and finally to Toronto - left him with a surreal sense of placelessness, complimented by the band's unstable percussion and disorienting wall of sound - courtesy of shoe-gazing guitarists Dan Busheikin and Aaron Setton.

Live, Sunreels produces a vulnerable blend of grunge, shoegaze, and post-rock with an eclectic mix of sonic textures indebted largely to to Big Star and Broken Social Scene, among plenty of others. On stage, bassist Mike Searle also likes to keep a pair of drumsticks nearby to play alongside Pappo's relentless rhythms.

In October 2010 Sunreels released Demonstration EP - a lo-fi, self-recorded collection of songs the band had been working on for the previous two years. The foursome is currently in the process of recording their first full-length album with an expected 2011 release date.