Silver Clouds / self-titled
Digital Release Date: June 26, 2020
Label: Disintegration Records
Produced by Cam Loeppky
Songs by Rod Slaughter (MAPL/SOCAN)
BOP MGMT / Brent Oliver
Silver Clouds is the latest offering from Winnipeg’s always vibrant alt-rock scene, comprised of veteran players Rod Slaughter (Duotang, Novillero), Dave Berthiaume (Novillero), Sean Stevens (Novillero, Transonic) and Steve Payne (Boy, Transonic). The band’s self-titled debut album will be released June 26 on Disintegration Records, preceded by the first single, “Minor Hesitation.”
In the years between Novillero’s demise and Duotang’s reformation, Slaughter — the principal songwriter for both bands — kept building a cache of songs that otherwise had no home. Twelve of these pop-infused tracks of disaffection formed the basis of Silver Clouds, fleshed out with long time friend Berthiaume on drums, with subjects ranging from a once famous actor’s internal dilemmas (“Peter Sellers”) to post World War I border security (“Maginot Line”), and lots of songs in between about just getting on with it.
When asked about “Minor Hesitation,” Slaughter says, “‘It describes a feeling of apathy, paralysis, and a fear of letting go of the known. We feel it’s a rather fitting introduction to a band that, until the global pandemic, had remained in a state of self-imposed delay.”
Working with producer Cam Loeppky, Slaughter and Berthiaume were joined in the studio by Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities) Rej Ricard (Telepathic Butterflies) and Keri Latimer (Nathan), among others, to complete the album. Having enlisted Stevens on guitar and Payne on bass, Silver Clouds are greatly looking forward to getting on stage (when the time finally comes) to play these blistering rock ‘n roll rides in their natural element.