“The creativity and complexity of “Surely Travel” are marvelous, pushing the boundaries of what this unstoppable band can accomplish. ” – Exclaim!
“Surely Travel is for anyone who has left or is leaving — and wants an unforgettable soundtrack to accompany them.” – CBC Music
“With illuminating, passionate storytelling and a sonic curiosity that blurs the line between grunge, psych, folk and noise, Sturgeon impresses yet again.” – Paste Magazine, Lizzie Mano
“Adam Sturgeon (Nme’) has built his reputation as a musician around smashing the status quo. … So, it’s not entirely unexpected that the progressive beat-warping harmonist would change tempo mid-stride, revealing an evolutionary schism that redefines the intentions behind his art.” – Range Magazine, Christine Leonard
“Warrior Down takes you for a sonic hike — sometimes through the wilderness, sometimes through a wasteland — never staying long in one spot or indicating the next direction. With long instrumentals that dance between chaos and calm, it’s a subconscious assault on the emotions.” – Exclaim!
“Warrior Down is a perfectly paced and arranged set of songs and instrumental interludes, each a movement in its own right but ultimately in service to the record’s overarching theme.” – Dominionated (#1 Album of 2019)
“Warrior Down.., an impossible-to-categorize, rock-psych-sometimes-folk set of 10 songs that draw on vocalist and lyricist Adam Sturgeon’s experience as an Anishinaabe-Canadian, writing about the intergenerational trauma within his family and his Anishinaabe community” – CBC Music
“An abundant oxymoron as vast as the Canadian Shield” – Weird Canada
“Uncompromising. They make the music that they want to make – it’s what they believe in. Their latest is no exception. It meanders, it defies categorization. It entices you in with it’s soft vocals and vulnerable admission… but once they’ve got you they pummel you mercilessly with a post-metal firestorm.” – Ride the Tempo
“A tricky band to shelf. At one listen, you might latch onto their folkie regionalism and proclivity for place-based storytelling, and then, two tracks later, it might be the thoughtful architecture of their noise-building that reels you in. For some, I’m sure, it’s the psychedelic tint that captures them, and for other careful listeners, it might be the passages that touch on drone metal.” – Chart Attack
“There’s an inescapable quality to their music, a heavy, fuzz-laden hodgepodge of grunge, psych, folk and post-rock, incorporating influences from Elevator and Eric’s Trip to Black Sabbath. Founded in Guelph in 2009 by Adam Sturgeon and Kirsten Kurvink Palm, the project has since evolved into a five-piece band who call both Guelph and London, ON home. But there’s more to them than just their music, as the band frequently pursue multimedia art projects across the American continent. Speaking with Sturgeon, it’s clear that they are using their music as a springboard for cultural and spiritual healing and learning.” – Exclaim