Volume 95, Issue 41

Wednesday, November 14, 2001
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10 years later and Sloan's still Pretty Together

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10 years later and Sloan's still Pretty Together

By Maggie Wrobel
Gazette Staff

It should come as no surprise – Sloan has already sold out tonight's show at The Wave.

The band's sixth full-length album, Pretty Together, hit stores Oct. 16 and Andrew Scott, one-fourth of the Canadian rock 'n roll group, explains recording thier latest effort was more pleasurable than albums of the past.

"We gave ourselves a lot more time to work on it, which was nice. We didn't have to record it in a studio we were paying for. We just did it in our own rehearsal space on a couple of computers, so there were a lot less restrictions," he says.

This less stressful recording process resulted in what is arguably Sloan's best effort to date.

Scott's opinion of the disc reflects his laidback nature. "It's another record," he remarks. "I think it's great and I stand behind it."

Scott says the camaraderie of the band is something he really values.

"Together, we get to do whatever we want. There's so many bands out there where one guy gets to do everything and he's usually the biggest idiot and his buddies in the background just get paid a salary and get told what to do, when to play and when to shut up. That would be agonizing," he explains.

Sloan are admired on the Canadian music scene for the partnership the four members have maintained throughout their 10-year careers.

Scott attributes their successful relationship to the mutual respect each member has for one another.

"[We] tend to try not to criticize each other's stuff too much," he says.

Sloan's musical ingenuity sets them apart in a deteriorating music scene, littered with cookie-cutter pop artists coming out of the woodwork faster than you can say "underwhlemed."

Scott's disdain for the current pop music trend is evident, as he rants about it for several minutes, calling the TV show-spawned girl group Sugar Jones "a short-lived little freak show," whose "demise [he] could have predicted."

The role of the artist in the music business is limited, so making a good relationship with a record label is essential to releasing successful albums, he adds.

"We can only make the records – write songs, play shows, do interviews and hope that people are going to latch on to it," he says. "It's somebody else's job to manipulate the market and try and sell it."

To this end, Sloan recently moved from Universal to BMG Canada and, in Scott's eyes, this change has been a positive one.

"It seems a lot more conducive to our way of working. It's a much smaller company, there's a lot less people, the food chain's a lot shorter and there's fewer bands for all of the employees to worry about so it's easier," he explains.

When asked to speculate about the group's future, his response is a typical mix of sarcastic humour and speculation.

"We're still around [and] interested. But we're not getting any younger and there's probably a best before date on what we're doing," he says.

"We haven't changed a lot over the years, but I guess one way of looking at it is that's where the magic is. The magic that is Sloan. These four complete strangers that got together 10 years ago and somehow make records that people like."

And what is Andrew Scott's one wish for Sloan's future?

"Having the rest of the world agree with our idea that we're the best band in the world."


Be the first to sing a full Sloan song in The Gazette office (Rm 263 UCC) at 12 pm to win a prize pack for tonight's show. 


We've only got one pair left so you better hurry!

Sloan plays a sold-out show tonight at The Wave. Doors open at 9 p.m. and The Dears will open.

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