The countdown to the 17th annual Halifax Pop Explosion is underway, and it only makes sense that we preview a show that will feature one of Halifax’s most beloved musical exports: Sloan. Our version of the fab four will be playing the Paragon Theatre on Thursday, October 21st where they will be joined by Quivers, Amos The Transparent, and Dinosaur Bones.
So then, Sloan in Halifax at the Pop Explosion. It surely isn’t their first time playing HPX, and they do manage do play their hometown rather frequently, so what makes this show one to put on the ole HPX 2010 must see list? Well it seems they are going to play Twice Removed from top to bottom, which should be rather awesome. If you’re looking for one album to define the somewhat clumsy “Halifax sound” descriptor that folks (yours truly included) still use to this day, Twice Removed would either be your choice, or at least in your top 3. I Hate My Generation, People of the Sky, Shame, Shame, Snowsuit Sound, I Can Feel It, and Coax Me (which remains one of my favorite sounds ever I’d say).
And lest we forget about album opener Pen Pals, a song inspired by some engrish fan letters for Nirvana that the band found in the Geffen office (was the Geffen office like a Grandparent’s attic from an 80’s sitcom “look at these amazing letters I found in this trunk!) when they were signed to said label. It’s easily one of the best nonsense songs ever written in my humble, and it might have helped contribute to the band’s getting dropped from Geffen. No matter, the song has also given us reason 3742 why the Youtubes are awesome, behold:
VIDEO:: Sloan – Penpals (live on Rita & Friends)
Sloan on Rita McNeil’s variety show, you cannot be mad at that. Anyway, I think the hill will certainly be in the house for Sloan’s HPX show, so why don’t you join us? Find me in the crowd and I’ll buy you a concentrated OJ.
MP3:: Sloan – Coax Me