Published May 03, 2011With 20 years under their belts, Canuck heroes Sloan are still going strong. They have released nine LPs, along with a smattering of EPs, live recordings, compilations and singles. This has solidified their reputation as one of Canada's most consistent sources of hooky guitar rock and quality power pop. To celebrate their two decades in the business, the four-piece are doing what they do best: releasing a new LP.
Their tenth studio album, The Double Cross, drops on May 10 via Outside Music in Canada and Yep Roc in the U.S. To see what's in store, you can listen to the entire record all week at Exclaim.ca. Go here to listen.
The title of The Double Cross is a subtle nod to the band's two-decade career ("XX" is 20 in Roman numerals, after all). And what has changed in that time? Not much. Sloan are still made up of Chris Murphy, Jay Ferguson, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott, who trade off on songwriting duties and churn out catchy nuggets of guitar-driven pop.
The 12 tracks that make up their latest LP were recorded between August and November of 2010 in the band's adopted home of Toronto. In a press release, Pentland explained that the sessions were business as usual: "In the end, you can't escape that Sloan sound."
Ferguson added, "I personally feel it's up there with my favourites of ours such as One Chord to Another and Never Hear the End of It. Short and sweet with unexpected turns down different paths. Not bad for a tenth LP."
Not bad indeed. Listen to the fast and fun The Double Cross here on Exclaim.ca. But don't delay, since it will only be streaming until May 9.
Stay tuned for these future full-album streams on Exclaim.ca:
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Most Serene Republic Pre Serene: Thee Oneironauts May 17 to May 23
My Dying Bride Evinta May 24 to May 30