Duotang • Dec 9

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DUOTANG
Friday December 9, 2016 • Doors 8:00pm, show 10:30pm
Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Tickets: $12 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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Duotang is Rod Slaughter on bass/vox and Sean Allum on drums. Pure and simple. Formed in the summer of 1995, this 2-piece powerhouse’s brand of upbeat mod-rock and post-punk quickly carved out an impressive notch in the Canadian indie music scene. In March of 96’ (just one short year later) Duotang signed to famed Vancouver independent record label (and good buds) Mint Records. Over the next five years, Duotang released three critically acclaimed albums: Smash the Ships & Raise the Beams (1996), The Cons and the Pros (1998) and The Bright Side in 2001. All three topped the Canadian campus and community radio charts and allowed Duotang to tour extensively across Canada, the United States and Europe. They shared the stage across Canada with The English Beat, landed the cover of Exclaim! magazine and in 2002, won the Prairie Music Award for Best Video for “The Evidence Comes From All Directions”. In 2002. the duo decided to take a quick break from their 7 year whirlwind career – a break that somehow ended up lasting for 12 years.

In December 2014, at the request of Mint Records, they reunited for a wild anniversary show in Vancouver and followed it up with a sold-out hometown show in Winnipeg. With renewed vim, vigor and crop of new songs, the duo went on to play to capacity crowds at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Calgary’s Sled Island, NXNE and Edmonton’s UP&DT Festival. And now, filled with a renewed passion and 15 years of pent up artistic creativity, comes Duotang’s latest offering, New Occupation. Opening with a tongue-in-cheek ode to the reunion, “Nostalgia’s a Vice”, the 12-track album is the group’s best material to date. Other notable tracks include the sing-along “Karma Needs to Come Around”, the rocking “Bastard Five” and the mod-influenced “A Suitable Distraction”. Simple, honest and extremely charming, Duotang’s new album marks a dramatic return to form from this exceptional Canadian band.