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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (1991 – present)

Sloan is an / band that was formed in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Currently based in Toronto, Ontario, the band has consisted since its formation of members Jay Ferguson (vocals, guitar), Patrick Pentland (guitar, vocals), Chris Murphy (vocals, bass) and Andrew Scott (drums, vocals). The band has released eleven studio albums since their formation and earned international critical acclaim; Sloan’s most recent work is ‘Commonwealth’, which came out on September 9, 2014.

The band was formed in 1991, when Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott met at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax. Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson joined soon after. In 1992, the band created their own record label, called Murderecords, for themselves and other Halifax area bands, and the outfit released the ‘Peppermint EP’ (the release also known as just ‘Peppermint’).

According to Sloan’s official website, the band’s name refers to a friend’s nickname. Their friend, Jason Larsen, was called ‘Slow One’ by his French-speaking boss, which with the French accent sounded more like ‘Sloan’. The original agreement was that they could name the band after their friend’s nickname as long as he was on the cover of their first album. As a result, it is Larsen who appears on the cover of the ‘Peppermint EP’.

Later in 1992, Sloan released their full-length debut, titled ‘Smeared’, on Geffen Records.


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  • ilhammaulana

    You've Got a Lot on Your Mind, nice tune!

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • robotpwnsyou

    probably my favourite Canadian band

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • IamFlood

    These guys should be the house band for the Detroit Tigers.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • heyadamo

    Commonwealth listeners: after a few listens, who has the best side? I'm torn between Jay and Andrew's...

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • 3x1minus1

    Oh, Commonwealth, you make me wish I owned a record player. <3

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • kailynbee

    I'm only listening to this cover of "Fountains" for the rest of my life starting now. Farewell, all other music on earth.

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    Oh dear diary, you didn't hear from me...

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • candlaero

    Sloan are now no.1 on my overall chart *thumbs up*

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • echo725

    Chris Murphy's contributions to Never Hear The End Of It are phenominal. All four were great on that album, but Murphy especially shines.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • chrisrochon

    One more message (shout) - It elates me to see how many people can rank every one of their albums because we take the time as fans to listen to all of their albums. Sloan rules!

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • chrisrochon

    Kaylinbee - Hard to argue with your list, I might move one or two around but it's close. Here is mine reposted and slightly edited. Never Hear The End Of It, Twice Removed (the tour they just did playing this album in its entirety is the best show I've been to), Between The Bridges, One Chord To Another, The Double Cross, Navy Blues, Parallel Play, Pretty Together, Smeared (Underwhelmed is a classic!), Action Pact (the only subpar album they have in my opinion, and even this one has a great Chris Murphy track (Nothing Lasts Forever Anymore). I hope all Sloan fans post their choices.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • chrisrochon

    Wooleybooley - You will learn to love the first half as well. I agree the 2nd half is amazing but the first half has some gems too. The NS is great and Sensory Deprivation is a staple of their live shows. Glad you came around on it, it's my 3rd favorite album of theirs.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • chrisrochon

    I love all the album rankings but putting Parallel Play above Twice Removed is ridiculous.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Wooleybooley

    "Between The Bridges" was the one Sloan album I just never connected with. ..... but now it's grown on me immensely. The key to it was starting with track 7: A Long Time Coming. The back half of this album is loaded with great tunes!

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    Pumped to see these guys tonight. :)

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • kailynbee

    After many months of deliberation, I'm finally ready to do this thing no one's doing anymore: One Chord To Another, Navy Blues, The Double Cross, Twice Removed, Never Hear The End Of It, Between the Bridges, Action Pact, Pretty Together, Parallel Play, Smeared.

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mattmacneil

    these guys were like the canadian Teenage Fanclub.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    They're coming to my city for the Twice Removed tour. I can't believe it... I get to see one of my favourite bands play one of my favourite records? Awesome.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • deadgrotty

    I'm so ready for this Twice Removed tour. Just wait.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • questforfire

    Been listening to this band forever, but "Parallel Pact" is my favorite. I don't get why people don't rock that album more. "Witch's Wand" ... "I'm Not a Kid Anymore" ... "All I Am is All You're Not"? Three of the best indie rock songs ever recorded.

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
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