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Sloan plays what feels good

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 If it feels good do it was the order of the night with Sloan at Average Joes, Sept. 26. And while I didn’t hear their hit of the same name, there were plenty of other hits to be heard and enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience.Sloan drummer Andrew Scott singing lead vocals  on a couple of songs. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Halifax born, Toronto based pop/ rock band has been playing for a solid 20 years and still know how to bring catchy melodies and memorable guitar hooks and lyrics.
 Their first set featured more obscure material covering their earliest years and their most recent studio album “ the Double Cross” which was released in 2011.

Some of these were the highlights of the show including  ‘Beverly Terrace’ and ‘She‘s Slowing Down Again.’

 Each of the four principal band members took turns singing lead as a keyboardist/ percussionist clad in a sailor’s hat filled in the gaps. Drummer Andrew Scott  took centre stage with a guitar for some of the more punk inspired songs of the show as bassist/vocalist Chris Murphy took a seat behind the druSloan lead guitarist Patrick Pentland. Photo by Richard Amerym kit.

Murphy seemed to sing lead on most songs though guitarists Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson sang lead on some of the band’s bigger hits.

 It was inspiring to see them change up their instruments and having four different voices added some much appreciated variety.

 Most of the audience was singing along with ‘Everything You’ve Done Wrong’ which was one of many they were singing along with.

The first set included minor hits like the punk fuelled ‘Emergency 911’ and ‘People of the Sky,’ which also hadSloan’s Chris Murphy singing. photo by Richard Amery everyone vocalizing along with the band plus uptempo numbers like  the rocking ‘Burn For It’ and ‘Coax Me.’

The second set included most of the major hits including ‘Underwhelmed,’ ‘The Lines You Amend’ and the ‘Good in Everyone,’ each sung by the three different frontmen.

The catchy ‘Taking Care of Poor Boy’ was a highlight of this set.
 They returned for an encore of an impassioned ‘The Other Man’ and the rollicking, AC DC inspired ‘Money City Maniacs.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 October 2013 17:14 )  
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