Toronto-based quartet Sloan are coming to Spiritbar on October 17.

Sloan plays their cards right

Nelson show features songs from new album Commonwealth.

Toronto-based quartet Sloan are coming to Spiritbar to play a two-set performance this Friday to promote their latest album Commonwealth.

“I think that perhaps we are one of the few bands that could make an LP like this,” said Jay Ferguson, who along with Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott, contributes compositions to each record. The four have equal say over their creative output.

“The only act that comes to mind with equally recognizable/regarded members who all write and are capable of taking the lead vocals would have been the Beastie Boys, but alas,” said Murphy.

Commonwealth is Sloan’s 10th album, and the members feel this latest LP is a diversion from their regular work.

“It would be pointless to just make another 12 or 13 song Sloan record at this point,” said Scott.

Instead, the band came up with an innovative four-sided structure that allows each member to express their personal identity.

Each quarter has a French playing card suit.

Ferguson’s Diamond side showcases his knack for symphonic pop. Pentland’s Shamrock section drives forward with loud, fast psych rock marked by “noise, ambient keys and the general sense of the unwell”. Murphy’s Heart section features wit and eclectic energy, and the final quarter “Forty Eight Portraits” is an 18-minute pop suite complete with a children’s choir that encompasses the entirety of Scott’s closing Spade side.

“No matter how disparate sounding our songs can sound at times, the one thing that balances and forces unity is the harmonies in each other’s songs,” said Murphy.

Commonwealth follows 2011’s The Double Cross, which earned Sloan some of the most glowing notices of their acclaimed career. They have now released nearly two hundred tracks.

“Andrew’s decision to make his side into one giant song meant that Sloan would remain shy of 200 released songs,” said Murphy. “By my count, we are at 197. I’d like to record at least one more song each so we can crack 200.”

For more information about Sloan’s upcoming performance, visit

Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Celebrated singer and composer to visit Nelson

Moira Smiley will present The Voice is a Traveller in Nelson on March 3.

Selkirk College opens up debate on sports team name, logo

Asking for public comment on ‘Saints’ name until March 1

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

New report calls for regulated heroin sales to curb B.C.’s overdose problem

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Millennial men least likely to have a family doctor: Statistics Canada

Report found more women have primary care physicians, compared with men

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

VIDEO: Woman, off-duty cop in serious condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

‘A little baloney’ in PM’s claim about solicitor-client privilege on SNC-Lavalin

The Conservatives and NDP want Trudeau to waive that privilege so Wilson-Raybould can offer her side of the story

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

But most analysts see a limited market for foldable-screen phones

Most Read