Sloan are one of the rare bands to make it to their 12th album with all four original members who are equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the top of their respective games, sounding utterly ageless in the process. 12 includes three songs written by each member with the band being eager to initiate more creative cross-pollination in their songwriting. Each of the four individuals contribute unique qualities that play into their core strengths: Patrick Pentland with the soaring rock anthems, Chris Murphy with the playful, participatory sing-alongs, Jay Ferguson with the jaunty prog-pop gems, and Andrew Scott with the whimsical innerspace explorations. In comparing their last album Commonwealth (2014) Ferguson says, “That album was more of everyone retreating to corners to produce and sequence a side of their own material, this one would potentially have more collaboration than usual.” While the 12 songs on 12 greatly emphasize each member’s distinct personality, they’re all ultimately united by their lean economy and punchy precision.
Sloan is a Toronto-based rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia who first performed in spring of 1991. The band are credited as being a main instigator for the Canadian East Coast alternative scene of the early 90s, garnering comparisons to the Seattle Grunge movement on the opposite coast. Over the course of their quarter-century career, Sloan have amassed an outstanding collection of over 200 songs and more than 30 singles with airplay at Canadian Rock Radio. Sloan have received nine Juno Award nominations, and won for Best Alternative Album in 1997. Recently, the band was named one of Canada’s top five bands of all-time in a CBC critics poll.