Way back in 2010, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie spoke with Exclaim! about his planned collaborative album with the Sadies, saying "We're in no rush." He wasn't kidding, since they have only just now announced a self-titled record under the name Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun. It's due out on April 15 through Arts & Crafts.
Downie and the Sadies first got together back in 2006 in order to contribute to a benefit compilation, and this album has been gradually sculpted over the years since then. It was recorded with Ken Friesen (Hawksley Workman, the Sadies) at the Bathouse in Bath, ON, with mixing handled by Bob Rock in Vancouver. Downie and Sadies jointly wrote and produced all of the material.
According to a press release, Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun is "10 songs of visceral punk rock exultation, a spirited half-hour exploration of the darkness surrounding daylight." For a taste of what this sounds like, head to the bottom of the page to stream the hard-charging track "Crater."
The album cover is above and the tracklist is below. Scroll past the tracklist the see the outfit's upcoming tour schedule, which includes a Toronto festival date and some U.S. shows.
The album is available to pre-order digitally on iTunes.
Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun:
2. The Conquering Sun
3. Los Angeles Times
4. One Good Fast Job
5. It Didn't Start to Break My Heart Until This Afternoon
6. Budget Shoes
7. Demand Destruction
8. Devil Enough
9. I'm Free, Disarray Me
05/02 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05/03 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
05/10 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05/11 Detroit MI - Magic Stick
06/07-08 Toronto, ON - Fork York (Field Trip Music & Arts Festival)