It has been too long since we put out new music and we can finally announce that our new album, Commonwealth, is coming out on September 9th.
Our new 15-song solo-sided, double album devotes one side to each band member and is meant to be enjoyed as a Double Vinyl. But for those of you digitally minded, you can pre-order Commonwealth now at iTunes and get an instant download of the first single, “Keep Swinging (Downtown)” when you buy it.
We have some special items in the works for our Physical Pre-Orders, so if you want to order the Double Vinyl and CD editions along with the extra goods —stay tuned for that info in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, you can stream “Keep Swinging (Downtown)” over at the SloanMusic YouTube page.
And as you would come to expect from us, we will be bringing the Commonwealth Tour to North America in the Fall and will be announcing dates/on-sale ticket info shortly. We look forward to presenting this new music to you from the stage and have you join us.
As always, thank you for your continued support!
Jay, Chris, Patrick & Andrew
Sloan, in association with the Smoked Meat King of Toronto, Zane Caplansky, are happy to announce an upcoming Movember benefit show in Toronto. Friday November 29th is your chance to see the band play live in a deli! Yup that’s right – 100 lucky folks will get their meat, eat it too AND get to see Sloan perform live at Caplansky’s Deli. (356 College St.)
Tickets are limited to the first 100 people @ $100 each with all of the proceeds going to the fight against prostate and testicular cancer. Tickets are even tax deductible if you buy them here: MoBro.co/caplanskys. Jump on these soon folks ‘cuz they won’t last long!
For more info on Movember check out http://ca.movember.com/?home.
We are pleased to announce that the third installment of our Sloan Bootleg Vinyl series, Tokyo Japan 2002, will be released this Wednesday November 20th at 12 noon via our Sloan webstore. Recorded live from the audience at Club Quattro in Tokyo, this limited LP is pressed on to Japanese flag – style vinyl and is a hand numbered edition of 500 only. We won’t be making any more of these! Read below what our man Jay has to offer on the subject.
“How about you, British man, is rock and roll dead again?” A broken-handed Chris posed this question to an English gentleman at our January 16th 2002 concert in Tokyo, Japan. To find out the correct answer, you’ll have to check out the 3rd installment of our Bootleg Vinyl series, an homage the great underground / illegal live LPs from the 1970′s and 1980′s. Captured during our 3rd adventure in Japan, this recording was taped live from the audience at Club Quattro in the heart of the Blade Runner-ish Shinjuku area of Tokyo. At the time, we were touring in support of our 6th album, Pretty Together. It’s an LP that, at the time, was thought to be a bit slick sounding, perhaps in relation to records like One Chord To Another or Navy Blues. If that’s a concern, then I would dare say this loud recording from the floor strips a bit of the polish off compared to the studio counterparts.
If that’s not enough, where else are you going to hear Patrick play the drums (on rarely aired Japanese-only track “Had Enough”)? Or a Chris / Andrew duo playing a Wurlitzer led version of “Life Of A Working Girl”? How about ye olde “Dreaming Of You”? (Have I even played it since?). I’d also argue that Andrew’s drumming on the controversial “Pick It Up And Dial It” is worth the price alone. In keeping with the bootleg spirit, it’s an audience recording with a bit of a rough quality….but I trust it won’t distract from enjoying the rocking proceedings.
Once again, this limited edition, hand-numbered LP comes packaged in a 70′s style heavy-stock white jacket with a risographed wrap around outer sleeve. The insert this time is a recreation of a charming Japanese fan letter and the concert is pressed onto Japanese-flag-white vinyl with a red label just in case you forget where this whole thing was laid down over 10 years ago!
Also, the record comes with a high quality digital download (mp3 or FLAC) of the whole LP, as well as 4 bonus tracks from the show (“Deeper Than Beauty”, “The Lines You Amend”, “People Of The Sky” and “Money City Maniacs”) that we just couldn’t jam onto the vinyl. Hope you all dig it as much as I dug the green tea soft serve ice cream.