Saturday, October 17, 2009

Free Sloan, Vote Sloan

Starting out with some pretty Warren Zevon-like keyboards, Sloan's new tune is 2 1/2 minutes of pop bliss. Chris Murphy has always been capable of writing ultra-catchy tunes, and this one's up there. Sublime harmonies, straightforward chunky guitar, tambourine, handclaps, walking bassline in the chorus, and an uplifting feel throughout = the perfect little antidote to rainy fall doledrums. Listen below.

If you haven't been paying attention, Sloan have been making great music for longer than most in Canada. Outside of the Hip and Blue Rodeo, there ain't a whole lotta bands that have kept the same line-up and continued to put out new material on a regular basis since the 80s. If you think the boys have just been writing Futureshop ad soundtracks, guess again, there's been a pretty wide range of styles covered. Check out Witch's Wand from Sloan's last full-length, Parallel Play.

Sloan - Witch's Wand from Scott Cudmore on Vimeo.

(If the video above is not playing for you, go here)

Sloan is also one of the artists who are on the list for CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest. The boys will get a commission to write a tune commemorating Nova Scotia if they garner enough votes here. Interestingly enough, they're up against hands-down one of the best artist outs of all the 65 listed - Joel Plaskett.

Here's some upcoming tour dates, see 'em before they retire or die.

Nov 28 - Detroit, MI
Nov 29 - Columbus, OH
Nov 30 - Hoboken, NJ
Dec 01 - Vienna, VA
Dec 03 - Cambridge, MA
Dec 04 - Brooklyn, NY
Dec 05 - Philadelphia, PA

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Like it, like it a lot. I was disappointed by the last cd, but that song sounds good. They do write some good ditties.