B.A. Johnston Surprise-Releases New Album 'Argos Suck'

Songs include "Super Mario and Me," "Value Village Die" and "I Saw Her at the Swiss Chalet"

BY Alex HudsonPublished Apr 2, 2023

Die-hard Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans B.A. Johnston has surprise-released a new album in which he makes his CFL allegiance abundantly clear. Argos Suck is out now.

A statement from Johnston to Exclaim! confirms that he recorded the album with Mathias Kom and Jake Nicholl, both of the Burning Hell, in St. John's, NL. Sessions took place in February 2022. Song titles include "Super Mario and Me," "Value Village Die," "Knee Deep in Charcuterie" and "I Saw Her at the Swiss Chalet."

The full statement from Johnston reads:

The album was recorded in Feb of 2022, by the team of Mathias Kom and Jake Nicholl in St John's NL above an Afghan restaurant. With the amount of time BA spent trapped in his Moms Airbnb in Stayner ONT, there was a ton of songs that needed to see the light of day or at the very least make BA enough money to pay his Mom half a months rent. This song features songs about cheese, the cfl and manages to mention IHOP twice even though BA hates IHOP. The album features Newfoundlands finest musicians who were willing to come down and play for 75$ and free India beer. Out again on Transistor 66 records. 

Hear Argos Suck in full below. It's available to purchase in various formats, including vinyl, on Bandcamp. Also below, see Johnston's upcoming tour schedule.

This album follows Johnston's 2022 release Werewolves of London, Ontario.

B.A. Johnston 2023 Tour Dates:

04/06 Kingston, ON - The Toucan
04/07 Ottawa, ON - House of Targ
04/08 Montreal, QC - Grumpy's
04/09 Cornwall, ON - White Knucklerz Clubhouse
04/11 Halifax, NS - Propellor Arcade
04/12 Sackville, NB - Ducky's
04/13 Fredericton, NB - The Cap
04/14 Moncton, NB - Xeroz
04/15 Saint John, NB - McGill's
04/21 Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirates Pub
04/22 Winnipeg, MB - Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club
04/25 Lethbridge, AB - Owl Acoustic Lounge
04/26 Edmonton, AB - The Buckingham
04/27 Calgary, AB - Ship & Anchor Pub
04/28 Regina, SK - O'Hanlon's Irish Pub
04/29 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
05/26 Kapuskasing, ON - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 85
05/27 TBA
05/31 Red Deer, AB - Velvet Olive
06/01 Canmore, AB - The Drake Pub
06/02 Lethbridge, AB - Owl Acoustic Lounge
06/03 Lloydminster, AB - house show
06/04 TBA
06/06 Prince George, BC - Omincera
06/08 Port Hardy, BC - Legion
06/09 Nanaimo, BC - Nanaimo Bar
06/10 Victoria, BC - Phoenix Bar and Grill
06/11 Squamish, BC - Sunny Chibas
06/12 Chilliwack, BC - Marc's
06/13–14 Vancouver, BC - The Heatley
06/15 Oliver, BC - Firehall Brewery
06/16 Kelowna, BC - Jackknife Brewery
06/17 Nelson, BC - The Royal
07/14 Smiths Falls, ON - Bowie's

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