We surely can’t accuse Sloan of collective writer’s block.
The Canadian quartet has crammed 30 songs on its new album, “Never Hear the End of It” — which, in turn, was culled from around 50. It’s a formidable amount of material, especially for a single-disc, but singer-guitarist Jay Ferguson says he and the other members of Sloan didn’t feel like it was an arduous effort.
“If any band can make a record like this, it’s a band like us,” explains Ferguson, 38, who co-founded Sloan with guitarist Patrick Pentland, bassist Chris Murphy and drummer Andrew Scott in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “We have four singer-songwriters. We have enough songs and enough people singing that you don’t get bored over the course of an album.”
The fact that Sloan hasn’t had an album of new material out since 2003’s “Action Pact” also contributed to the mass of material, Ferguson says. “We had a lot of songs lying around,” he explains. “It was the right time to do it.” The album also represents something of a U.S. comeback for Sloan, which released its first two albums on a major label (Geffen) south of the border but since 1998 has been taking an independent path. Now signed to a new imprint, North Carolina-based Yep Roc, Ferguson and company are hoping it will raise their profi le once more.
“Yep Roc is very enthusiastic, and I think that’s helping,” he says. “I also think the nature of the record is ... it’s a fan’s kind of record. The fact we could make a long record that’s we think is good quality from top to bottom and exciting will hopefully grab the attention of people who may have forgotten us since we went a little bit underground nine or 10 years ago.
“That’s what we’re hoping for, anyway.”
Sloan and Spiral Beach perform Saturday (Jan. 20th) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call (313) 931-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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