Sloan’s ‘Commonwealth’ Double-LP Will Give Each Member a Side

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.14.14 in News

Sloan’s 11th studio album — and first in three years — is shaping up to be a little bit different. On September 9, the Canadian power-pop heroes will release Commonwealth via Yep Roc, with the added wrinkle that it’s “a solo-sided double album,” as the label puts it.

That means each of the quartet’s four members — Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott — will get his own half of a vinyl record on this one. They self-produced Commonwealth with assistance from Ryan Haslett and Gregory McDonald. Recording the 15-song set in Toronto took a year due to what Scott, in a statement, said was “a combination of availability, determination, readiness, willingness, intentionality, hoping, wanting, doubting, fearing, needing, waffling, trying, failing, restarting, assembling, writing and eventually deciding and trusting.”

“You can’t help but have someone say it’s like the Kiss albums,” Sloan’s Murphy told Exclaim about the solo-sided concept last year, referring to the makeup-wearing band’s quadruple 1978 solo albums. “And that’s fine, it is like the Kiss albums. Except that they were successful right up until they did their solo albums. We haven’t been successful for a long time.”

The follow-up to 2011′s Double Cross is available for pre-order here. You’ll get an instant download of Pentland’s fist-pumper “Keep Swinging (Downtown),” which moves into a delicate acoustic section after starting out all Thin Lizzy swagger (hmm, do you think the guys from Free Energy would be available to tour together?). Also check out contributor Barry Walters’ review of Sloan’s beloved Twice Removed and Parallel Play.

Discover: Yep Roc Records

Sloan, Commonwealth (September 9, Yep Roc)

Diamond (Ferguson):

1. We’ve Come This Far
2. You’ve Got a Lot on Your Mind
3. Three Sisters
4. Cleopatra
5. Neither Here Nor There

Heart (Murphy):

6. Carried Away
7. So Far So Good
8. Get Out
9. Misty’s Beside Herself
10. You Don’t Need Excuses to Be Good

Shamrock (Pentland):

11. 13 (Under a Bad Sign)
12. Take It Easy
13. What’s Inspire
14. Keep Swinging (Downtown)

Spade (Scott):

15. Forty-Eight Portraits