Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The immortal Sloan

I have been told by many people that the average lifespan of a band is about seven years. But then there are bands like Sloan. Their roots go back to 1986 when Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson started playing together in a band called The Deluxe Boys.

Within a year, they’d broken up and turn into Kearney Lake Road. That group broke up in 1990, but not before they met Andrew Scott. Shortly after that, they met Patrick Pentland and Sloan was complete by January 1991. They played their first show on February 8, 1991, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.

Sloan is still together with the same lineup that appeared onstage that night. That’s 31 years and counting.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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