Published Oct 07, 2016Mod rock- and post-punk-mixing two-piece Duotang went on hiatus back in 2002, but the Canadian cult favourites are back with a brand new record. New Occupation marks the 15-years-later full-length follow-up to 2001's The Bright Side, and Exclaim! is giving you an exclusive early listen to the reunion record in its entirety.
Bassist and singe Rod Slaughter and drummer Sean Allum reteamed for a few live gigs in 2014, spawning a renewed creative vigour that turned into the 12 tracks that comprise New Occupation. Opening with the tongue-in-cheek "Nostalgia's a Vice," the band address the obvious before moving on and up with cuts like the groovy, upbeat, synth-tinged "Karma Needs to Come Around," the horn-embellished title track, and the pop-punk-esque "Prisoner's Dilemma," before bookending the set with another ironic, self-referencing in-joke on "Quite Content in the Rut."
Clearly out of their 15-year lull and armed with a set of invigorating new songs, Duotang officially unleash New Occupation on October 14 through Stomp Records. You can stream it early right now, though, in the player below. Beyond that, you'll also find the recent video for the aforementioned "Karma Needs to Come Around," as well as the duo's upcoming Canadian tour dates.
10/28 Calgary AB - The Palomino
10/29 Edmonton AB - 9910
10/30 Jasper AB - The Legion
10/31 Revelstoke BC - The Last Drop
11/01 Canmore AB - Canmore Hotel
11/02 Kelowna BC - Fernando's
11/03 Vancouver BC - The Biltmore
11/04 Victoria BC - Copper Owl
11/05 Nanaimo BC - Cambie
11/12 Winnipeg MB - The Good Will
12/02 Regina SK - O'Hanlon's
12/03 Saskatoon SK - Amigo's
12/07 Ottawa ON - House of Targ
12/08 Montreal QC - Petite Campus
12/09 Burlington ON - Bury Calling Festival
1210 Toronto ON - Silver Dollar