As the band renowned as Canada's answer to The Rolling Stones prepare to embark on a 23 city tour of America they release their long awaited new long player; And Now For Plan A which rocks the planet and the cosmos beyond At Transformation.
The Hip as they are known to the more than 8 million fans who have bought their records are fresh from a series of "guerrilla strike" live performances in Metro Toronto dropped the release following an unannounced surprise appearance in preparation for their American tour which begins November 2/12 at Cleveland's House of Blues at Kensington Market on the roof of The Supermarket..
The Supermarket was chosen for the performance because in the modestly stated fashion of the band;
"It's a very hip place to be...."
According to Tyson Parker, spokesman for Universal Records Canada,"They wanted to give something back to their fans."
In a recent review NOW music scribe Benjamin Boles wrote ;
"The 12th studio album goes for a live and unpolished live off the floor feel which is exactly what you want to hear from a band like this."The Tragically Hip were born to be bad in the prison town of Kingston, Ontario 29 years ago and consist of Johnny Fay(drums/percussion), Gord Sinclair (bass/supporting vocals), Paul Langlois (rhythm guitar/ vocals/lit cigarette in machine head) Rob Baker (lead /slide guitar), and front man /lyricist Gord Downie..
The young punk rockers hijacked their curious moniker from former Monkee multimillionaire lead guitarist Mike Nesmith's groundbreaking vid, Elephant Parts.
When the group began Kingston was a hotbed of Canada's powerful punk rock movement with many other bands among them most notably being the Headstones which featured the singing talents of the Canadian actor Hugh Dillon(Crossfire,Hard Core Logo).
In a recent interview this week with often verbose award winning CBC Radio One & NPR's slightly rhythmically challenged ex bongo player from busk rock's Moxy Fruvous the radio personality known as Jian Ghomeshi Downie revealed that their musical performance of a song may change in the live arena from its recorded incarnation.
"Improvisation can sometimes be better than how it is written.""We played Modern Spirit for the first time yesterday and it jumped forward into its rightful spot as that kind of jam, Stones, attitudinal, swaggering song".Downie also revealed in the interview the reason and source for the new record's enigmatic moniker.