Sunday, November 11, 2012


Brutal, savage, unrefined, thrashing - these are all the adjectives to describe Canada's power trio Nu Sensae. The band, who have been gaining much recognition back home with their grunge meets hardcore sound, have been making a name for themselves all through 2012 in the U.S. thanks to their furious live sets. After releasing their new album, Sundowing over the summer, the bands acclaim has reached new heights. We spoke to the bands members, vocalist and bassist Andrea Lukic, drummer Daniel Pitout and guitarist Brody McKnight about their rise, influences and had a chance to get to know them a bit better. Take a look at our interview with Nu Sensae below:

First off, where does the name of the band come from and what does it mean?

Daniel: It's kind of a secret. Andrea and I came up with it when we were 14 after I mispronounced something. What's funnier though is how many times it's been misspelled on posters or how many people think its to do with a Japanese Kung Fu master.

How did the band form?

Andrea: Sort of by chance

 The band’s live shows are simply brutal, how do you manage to do this night after night?

Daniel: I drink lots of Coca-Cola and eat candy. But I also got insanely sick last tour so maybe that's not working.

There sounds like there is an army of people in this band, but it is just the three of you. When you started, was the intention to make the most powerful sound possible?

Andrea: Not really, playing loud and aggressive is pretty easy. 

Do you consider yourself punk, garage, or hardcore or is it all in the same?

Daniel: I don't really know what we would call ourselves. Definitely not garage or hardcore. Punk I guess but that's a pretty broad term.

Who are some of your influences?

Andrea: River and Roy

Daniel: Miriam Makeba

Brody: John Cage

Hailing from Canada, does the atmosphere around you inspire your sound?

Brody: Probably.  

How do you go about recording?

Daniel: We play our songs in a studio and someone records them.

Woman and punk have always been a minority, are you trying to prove that female fronted bands can rock just as hard, if not harder, than the boys?

Andrea: We're not very progressive, if we were a thrash metal band maybe, but there are plenty of girls playing punk music.

Daniel: I think anybody that is trying to prove that is like 30 years too late. Bands like L7, Babes in Toyland, Bikini Kill etc paved that path a long time ago. I love the fact that our band has a girl and a gay guy in it but we also have a married straight dude. It's not really an agenda of ours although I do LOVE punk bands with girls in them. 

What has been the best thing about being in this band thus far?

Brody:  All the money and attention.

If you were not in this band, what would you be doing?

Andrea: Livin on a farm

Daniel: Cardiothoracic surgeon 

Brody: In another band