Veteran Canadian outfit Sloan are set to release their tenth studio full-length (discounting the Peppermint EP, including Recorded Live At A Sloan Party which was not recorded at a party, etc.) in 16 years. Prolific. That’s what happens when you have four songwriters, though, and that’s how they came upon the name for the new record: Parallel Play, as in that developmental psych term you learned while misdiagnosing yourself with every affliction in your Psych 101 book in high school. “I’m Not A Kid Anymore” comes from bassist/singer Chris Murphy, who explains the track’s title like so:
I wanted to write a song about how we’re old now and we think we have this pain in the ass job but in the scheme of things it’s pretty awesome. We work 9 to 5 but it’s the other 9 to 5 as in 9 pm to 5 am. It’s really not that bad.
Yeah that’s not a complaint to utter too loudly, Chris. (We know a good fifty some bands that would love trade places with you.) This song, on the other hand … well, turn this shit up as loudly as possible. It’s a gritty power popper with just the right the bit of Revolver-era harmonies to the bridge.
Sloan – “I’m Not A Kid Anymore” (MP3)
Parallel Play is out 6/10 via Yep Roc. Stream the whole thing right here.