In the 1990s, Halifax, Nova Scotia was a power-pop hotbed, yielding one unrepentantly catchy combo after the next. Most of those bands never achieved much widespread success - Thrush Hermit? - but the biggest of the bunch, Sloan, endures. (Much more so in Canada than stateside, but still.)
Their two-decade run was knocked off course this summer when band member Chris Murphy injured his shoulder in a hit-and-run incident. But other than a few canceled shows, the band kept busy. During his recovery Murphy even penned a new song entitled "Take It Upon Yourself."
The track, available as a free download at the band's site, rumbles along like a Beatlesesque response to Supergrass' Stones-y "Pumpin' In Your Stereo," circling through piano licks, power chords and harmonized "oohs." It'll be a good addition to the set Sunday at Skully's.
When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29
Where: Skully's Music Diner, Short North