By Cam LindsayTonight (September 7) Sloan kick off their tour celebrating the reissue of their seminal 1994 album, Twice Removed, whose box set was released earlier this week.
Speaking with Exclaim!, guitarist/vocalist Jay Ferguson gave us an idea of what to expect when they cross Western Canada over the next few weeks.
"We're going to try and play two sets, which is sort of unusual for us," he explains. "We'll play Twice Removed all the way through then take a ten-minute break, and then come back and play a normal Sloan set for about an hour."
Ferguson says having played the album in its entirety before made them realize that they could in fact do a proper tour looking back on their most cherished album, even though they are a bit rusty with a few of the songs.
"We've done it a couple times, at Halifax Pop Explosion two years ago and then at SappyFest unannounced, and the crowd loved it," he says. "It was fun to do. But I hope for Patrick [Pentland] it won't bring back some weird feelings he felt while we were recording it.
"Twice Removed definitely has a lot more slower, weird ones we don't play in our set on a regular basis. It has a couple more downer moments, like 'Loosens,' but I love the whole record."
As for whether they will follow this up with another reissue and tour, Ferguson says if Twice Removed meets their expectations, they hope to begin a cycle of releasing a new album, then putting out another reissue, both with tours.
"I would love to tour One Chord to Another," he says. "Some would be difficult, though. Navy Blues, I would have a lot of bass homework because I don't remember how to play some of those songs. I could see us doing Between the Bridges, and I think that could be fun. I'm game to do all of them, depending on who wants to come see us. I'm game for the long haul."
For now, you can see all Sloan's upcoming dates on their Canadian tour, which kicks off in Golden, BC, tonight, below.
9/7 Golden, BC - Rockwater 9/8 Oliver, BC - Tinhorn Winery 9/9 Lethbridge, AB - Average Joe's 9/11 Edmonton, AB - Starlite 9/12 Calgary, AB - Republik 9/13 Cranbrook, BC - Key City Theatre 9/14 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom 9/15 Victoria, BC - Rifflandia 9/17 Medicine Hat, AB - Esplanade Theatre 9/18 Regina, SK - The Pump 9/19 Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub 9/20 Winnipeg, MB - The Pyramid 9/21 Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar 9/22 Chicago, IL - Subterranean