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addition to high-profile visitors like Alanis Morrissette and Neil Young,
Japan has seen a steady flow of less well-known Canadian artists,
including Godspeed You Black Emperor and DJ Richie Hawtin. An upcoming
appearance by Sloan will offer a chance to see one of the country' most
underrated rock bands and assess their new album, Between
from the unlikely location of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sloan launched their
quixotic quest for fame at the Nova Scotia College of Art, where Andrew
Scott (drums), Chris Murphy (bass), Patrick Pentland (guitar) and Jay
Ferguson (guitar/vocals) were students.
to their art school origins, Sloan's clever blend of Beatles-influenced
guitar pop and the noisier aspects of indie rock stood out on their 1992
debut EP, Peppermint, recorded
at a friend's house and released on their own Murderecords.
to the attention of Geffen Records at Canada's East Coast Music
Conference, Sloan made their major label debut with Smeared,
an album that caught the attention of college radio in the US.
Removed followed, demonstrating the band's growing songwriting prowess
and the flavorful counterpoint of Pentland's raw guitar work and
Ferguson's poppier vocals.
the album, the four members of Sloan went their separate ways for a
period, reuniting in 1996 for One
Chord To Another, this time for EMI. The album reestablished Sloan as
crafty songwriters and masters of four-part harmony, attributes that
continue to see them revered among a small but devoted fan base.
Blues followed in 2000, setting the stage for this year's deliciously
melodic Between The Bridges.
play Club Quattro on January 16-17.See listings for details.