Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun

February 25th, 2014
Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun Announces April 15 Release of Self-Titled Debut Album

Arts & Crafts Releases First Single "Crater"

Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun announces the release of its self-titled debut record, available April 15 on Arts & Crafts. The iconic Canadian label introduces the project with the album's first single "Crater", a ragged anthem of frayed guitar and thundering rhythm. "Crater" ignites Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun's ten songs of visceral punk rock exultation, a spirited half-hour exploration of the darkness surrounding daylight.

The single is now available for purchase, or as a free download with pre-order of the album. Head to www.gorddowniethesadies.com for the pre-sale.

The fabled project appears after much anticipation, following Gord Downie and The Sadies' first collaboration on a benefit album for Lake Ontario Waterkeepers in 2006. The long-time friends sculpted the album over the course of the next seven years, recording with Ken Friesen at The Bathouse in Bath, Ontario. All songs are written and produced by Gord Downie and The Sadies. The record was mixed by Bob Rock at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver.

"When Sadie and Gord performed together for CBC's FUSE a while back, we chose to cover the songs 'Search and Destroy' by The Stooges and 'I Have Always Been Here Before' by Roky Erickson, among others," says Dallas Good. "This record came about through friendship, the unity of mutual taste and disdain, and a desire to pursue a sound of our own."

It came together urgently, but slowly. Fleeting sessions yielded finished songs in immediate, alchemical takes. Songs like the project's namesake, "The Conquering Sun" and "Budget Shoes" blend The Sadies' rusted psychedelia with Downie's humble, volatile wail. "It Didn't Start To Break My Heart Until This Afternoon", a staggering blast of brash guitars, belies the simple, rustic core of these songs.

"Just before our first-ever show - delightfully miscast middle-of-the-day on a country festival - we were waiting in the wings shaking, thinking "we might actually get the hook here'," recalls Downie. "I yelled to everyone over the din, 'We're nervous because it means something!' Expectation is easy. A challenge is what all artists crave."

Gord Downie, The Sadies, And the Conquering Sun is the emphatic arrival of a new band unhinged. "Crater" is its mission statement.

The band will hit the road this spring, beginning with a run of US dates in May, and a confirmed appearance at Arts & Crafts' second annual Field Trip festival in Toronto on the weekend of June 7 and 8. The band has also revealed the album track-list, and album artwork based on the original painting "The Secret Museum of Mankind" by Nik Dudukovic.


Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun Tour Dates:

May 2 - Bowery Ballroom @ New York, NY May 3 - The Sinclair @ Boston, MA May 10 - Lincoln Hall @ Chicago, IL May 11 - Magic Stick @ Detroit MI June 7/8 - Field Trip @ Fort York, Toronto, ON (exact date TBD)

Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun Track-list:

1. Crater
2. The Conquering Sun
3. Los Angeles Times
4. One Good Fast Job
5. It Didn't Start To Break My Heart Until This Afternoon
6. Budget Shoes
7. Demand Destruction
8. Devil Enough
9. I'm Free, Disarray Me
10. Saved