Published Apr 08, 2014Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has had a collaborative project with the Sadies in the works for several years, and now it's finally here. The self-titled album from the project — dubbed Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun — arrives on April 15 through Arts & Crafts, and it's available to stream now on Exclaim.ca.
This collaboration dates back to 2006 when Downie and the Sadies got together for a benefit compilation. Since then they've been working with Ken Friesen (Hawksley Workman, the Sadies) at the Bathouse in Bath, ON. Downie and the Sadies co-wrote and co-produced the resulting 10 songs, which were mixed by Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi) in Vancouver.
Opener "Crater" begins the album with hard-charging distorted guitars and impassioned howls from Downie. "It Didn't Start to Break My Heart" is even more punkish and aggressive, while cuts like "Devil Enough" and "Los Angeles Times" are folksy and restrained.
See the project's tour schedule here, and if you're in Canada, stream the anticipated album below.