Sloan celebrates 20 years with new album and tour “I’ve timed my life so that we would make a good record upon our 20th anniversary so we could get some high-fives — there’d be some high-fives for some guys in their early forties,” says Sloan’s Chris Murphy.
Actually, it’s hard not to get a sense that a lot of those palm slaps are not only for The Double Cross, the band’s 10th album, but just the fact that the critical darlings and generation indie-rock favourites have managed to last this long, consistently churning out hook-filled material that is catchy enough for crossover but has rarely made the great leap. That can be seen in much of the love-in currently surrounding Sloan, which often relegates the new album to the back burner as the media and fans focus more on the influence of the band built upon its former glories.
“I’m happy that anyone is talking about it. We are getting lots of favourable write-ups about our past, but also saying that our new album is good. It’s not that I don’t believe them, it’s that I think our last record was good, too, but this one has the story at least of us being 20 years old.” (Photo: Lisa Mark)