Post-metal band Sumac will play Sister
After nearly two years without performing, Aaron Turner has spent the last few days rehearsing.
He again built up his muscle memory so he could go on tour.
“The first show is approaching,” he says. “Playing live is a vital part of life. For the past two years, we have missed the things that bring us joy. Getting back to that is a way of starting to lift our spirits again.
Turner is one-third of the post-metal trio Sumac. He is joined by Nick Yacyshyn and Brian Cook on stage.
The band is touring for the first time since releasing their 2020 album, “May You Be Held.” They will perform at Sister in Downtown Albuquerque on Saturday, March 12.
Turner says the album is about unification and divergence, steeped in the inherent uncertainty of that cycle and undermining the hopes, frustrations, and desire for connection within that uncertainty.
He says the album is also a reflection of his sense of humanism and compassion, partially informed by his navigation of fatherhood.
“There are a lot of things that go into the tour,” he says. “Leaving home has its own weight. It’s never an easy thing to do. We prepared ourselves musically. It was an interesting process.
Sumac had been rehearsing recently and Turner says the guys were asked what show they were looking forward to.
“We all said Albuquerque,” he explains. “I always love coming home. It’s always a very special place. Sister is one of our favorite places.
Turner was born in Massachusetts but grew up in New Mexico before moving to Boston to attend Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
“I can always bring something back with me,” he says of his trips back to New Mexico.
Working on the album also had some challenges.
“Our drummer Nick is Canadian and we couldn’t be in physical contact with each other,” says Turner. “When those restrictions were lifted, we started working on new material. That’s when we were able to start turning the ideas into reality.
With four full albums under Sumac’s belt, there’s plenty of material to pull from.
Still, Turner says it’s not that simple.
“A lot of our songs are very long,” he says. “This time around we will have time to play four songs and that fills our time. We try to choose and there are discussions about what feels good and what songs have come together and give the right narrative.
With that in mind, Turner says there are songs that can easily be turned into the set every night.
“It always helps when we play songs that we like,” he says. “There is an intention in every set and we want to have fun while playing.”