The Sadies look for "Northern Passages"
Thursday, November 3, 2016
– The Sadies will release the Toronto-based band's 10th studio album, "Northern Passages," on Feb. 10.
The Sadies premiered the first single from the LP today on Twangville, "Riverview Fog," which began as a letter to their friend Rick White, whose contributions, both musical and visual, have helped to shape The Sadies' story.
The quartet is comprised of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky.
Neko Case, R&B singer Andre Williams, The Mekons' Jon Langford, Jon Spencer, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip and Neil Young participated.
The music was recorded in the basement of the Goods' parents' home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015.
The track list is:
1. Riverview Fog
2. Another Season Again
3. There Are No Words
4. It's Easy (Like Walking) (feat. Kurt Vile)
5. The Elements Song
6. Through Strange Eyes
7. God Bless The Infidels
8. The Good Years
9. As Above, So Below
10. Questions I Never Asked
11. The Noise Museum
Tour dates are:
Nov. 4 - Sarnia, Canada - SWIFF (The South Western International Film Festival)
Nov. 5 - Peterborough, Canada - The Red Dog Tavern
Dec. 2-3 - Rochester, NY - Abilene Bar and Lounge
Feb.. 2 - Toronto, Canada - Massey Hall*
Feb. 8 - Montreal, Canada - Place des Arts*
Feb.. 9 - Kingston, Canada - Rogers K-Rock Centre*
Feb. 10 - Barrie, Canada - Barrie Molson Centre*
Feb. 11 - Oshawa, Canada - GM Centre*
Feb. 14 - London, Canada - Budweiser Gardens*
Feb. 16-17 - Hamilton, Canada - Hamilton Place*
Feb. 18-19 - Ottawa, Canada - National Arts Centre (Southam Hall)*
Feb. 21 - Woodstock, Canada - AYR Motor Centre*
Feb. 23 - St. John's, Canada - Mile One Centre*
Feb. 25 - Halifax, Canada - Scotiabank Centre*
Feb. 26 - Moncton, Canada - The Molson CDN Centre at Casino NB*
Feb. 28 - Kitchener, Canada - Centre In The Square*
* supporting Blue Rodeo
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