With only a week to go before Sloan releases their 11th studio album, Commonwealth, fans can now get a sneak peek at the new songs on CBCMusic.ca First Play
The new album, which is out on September 9th via Yep Roc Records, is a 15-song collection that sees Sloan creating one of the most unique and ambitious recordings of their two-decade-plus career. To celebrate the album, the band will give a special performance in Toronto at the Yonge & Dundas HMV Underground on release day. They will then hit the road this fall, with dates in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC (details below – more dates to be announced soon). Commonwealth is available for pre-order on iTunes now, with an immediate download of album tracks, Cleopatra, Carried Away, 13 (Under A Bad Sign), and Keep Swinging (Downtown).
The Toronto-based rock quartet is perhaps the most truly democratic group in the annals of pop, with Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott all contributing original compositions to each record, equal partners with equal say over every aspect of their work. Where in the past creative lines have been blurred to create the multi-faceted Sloan sound, Commonwealth sees the four bandmates disassociating ever so slightly to create an old-school double album sequenced with each member staking out a single side as their own artistic dominion.
Commonwealth follows 2011’s The Double Cross, which earned Sloan some of the most glowing notices of their acclaimed career. Designated by the four playing card suits, the essentially solo sides allow for all four members’ work to at last be heard through the prism of individual identity. Ferguson’s opening Diamond side showcases his remarkable knack for symphonic pop, Pentland’s Shamrock offers a substantial helping of pedal-hoppin’ psych rock, and Murphy’s Heart is fit to burst with wit, jangle, and eclectic energy. As if the four-sided concept weren’t challenge enough, Commonwealth finishes with Forty Eight Portraits, an ingenious 18-minute pop suite that fills the entirety of Scott’s closing Spade side. Ultimately, what makes Commonwealth so special – and so distinctly Sloan – is how the fragmented approach in fact only serves to underscore the veteran band’s extraordinary strengths, showcasing the particular ingredients without ever losing sight of the sum of their parts.
Don’t miss Sloan on the road this fall!
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 9 – Toronto, ON – HMV Underground (In-Store Performance) @ 6pm
October 7 – Sudbury, ON – Townehouse
October 8 – Thunder Bay ON – The Outpost
October 10 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
October 11 – Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid
October 12 – Regina, SK – The Lazy Owl
October 14 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brien’s Event Centre
October 15 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar
October 16 – Edmonton, AB – Dinwoodie Lounge
October 17 – Kelowna, BC – Flashbacks
October 18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
October 19 –Portland,OR– Star Theater
October 20 –Seattle,WA– Tractor Tavern
October 22 –San Francisco,CA– Rickshaw Stop
October 23 –Los Angeles,CA– Bootleg Theater