Sloan not All Used Up 

Indie Canadian pop rock group emerges with new five-track EP, Hit & Run


Who: Sloan

When: Monday, Dec. 14, 9 p.m.

Where: GLC

Cost: $25 advance tickets at GLC, Billabong, Katmandu & Whistler Children's Centre

Sloan is one of the classically Canadian rock bands, particularly popular on the East Coast of Canada. There, if you tune into just about any radio station, you're bound to hear one of their tracks at some point during the day. The power pop rock anthems, All Used Up and Money City Maniacs are Sloan classics, in case you didn't know.

Andrew Scott is the drummer for the band, which also features Chris Murphy, Jay Ferguson and Patrick Pentland. The group has been making music together for almost 18 years now and doesn't show any signs of getting ready to pack it in. In fact, they just released a brand new EP, Hit & Run, at the end of November. It features five new tracks, Scott's Where Are You Now? and Take It Upon Yourself, as well as Oh Dear Diary by Murphy, Midnight Mass by Ferguson and It Is Never by Pentland.

It's clear from listening to the new material that it wasn't actually inspired by Murphy's near-death experience. Upbeat and catchy, with Scott's track, Where Are You Now? even heralding back to the band's rougher rock roots from their earliest days.

"For me, I was just doing what I always do," Scott said before doing a sound check for a show in Chicago on Monday. "I just sort of have these little parts... I don't really work from inspiration, personally, I just sort of do the work and if it seems to be making sense to me then I continue, and if it's not I just sort of throw it away and start over, which I did a couple of times on this thing," he said with a laugh.

It's Sloan's first album since the Parallel Play LP was released in 2008 and it shows a promising level of renewed energy.

But this upbeat effort actually came from an incredibly trying time for one of their members, Murphy, who was the victim of a hit and run accident during the summer and spent much of the fall cooped up and recovering from a broken collarbone and serious back and neck injuries.

"From the sound of it, it was a near-death experience... I spoke to him the day after and he was just kind of giddy with a second chance at life," Scott said.

The band decided to take advantage of the forced downtime and make some new music for their fans.


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