One of Canada’s longest lasting and most well-known bands made a stop in Penticton Thursday, part of their continental tour celebrating the band’s 20 years of writing and playing music together.
The Barking Parrot was packed for the Sloan concert, which featured music from the band’s latest studio album, The Double Cross, also created to celebrate their second decade.
But the veteran alternative rock band didn’t forget their long history of hits, also including hits like The Other Man and Who Taught You to Live Like That alongside songs like Unkind from Double Cross, which was released last month at the start of the tour.
With the same nerdy persona (signature oversized glasses on lead vocals and bass player Chris Murphy and modest apparel for the four of them), a continuity of sound and fans that are just as persistent as the band, the end doesn’t seem to be in sight for Sloan. Originally from Nova Scotia, the band got together in 1991 and has put out 10 studio albums, with their sophomore effort, Twice Removed, named as the best Canadian album of all time by Canadian music magazine Chart.
They have been nominated for more than two dozen awards and have won several including Best Alternative Album for One Chord to Another at the ’97 Juno Awards and Rock Recording of the Year for Never Hear the End of It at the East Coast Music Awards in 2007.