In 2018, after working on some new material on and off by himself, Chris brought on his wife, Sonja Broach to sing for the band, as well. While Chris maintains some lead vocal duties, the new material is more heavily focused on Sonja’s vocal strength and lyrical content. Sonja also lended her vocal talents to the 2017 “Turn Out the Lights” debut album on a few tracks doing some backups. Sonja sang with indie bands on and off through the years, and was classically trained as a singer throughout her childhood and teens. The new material showcases Chris Broach’s writing, production, and musical performance and highlights Sonja’s vocal style.
SNST started with Chris Broach of BRAID & The Firebird Band and Steve Znavor of The Firebird Band. Their first album was produced, recorded, and mixed by Will Yip (Tigers Jaw, Nothing, Circa Survive, Pity Sex), SNST’s first LP Turn Out The Lights represented a new beginning for both Broach and Znavor – a fresh body of work that seamlessly blended electronic and organic instrumentation into a unique amalgam of music that's as apt to make you dance as it is to make you think.
The duo wrote the songs that would become Turn Out The Lights at each other's respective residences in Chicago and Los Angeles. From the club-worthy, synth-driven groove of “Get Over Yourself” to the stripped-down perfection of “'76 – '78” and angular post-rock feel of “Running From The Girl,” Turn Out The Lights is an album that's difficult to categorize because it doesn't have an allegiance to any one genre – and its strengths lie in the liberating nature of that freedom. Turn Out The Lights was as infectious as it was intellectual – and the duo tackled topics ranging from deeply personal to passionately political within the course of the album.