Today is release day for Slug Comparison – When You Were Living Here. I can’t believe I finally get to write that!
Starting in May 2017, I was recording and releasing the songs a few at a time, as EPs. Then a record label from The Netherlands, Rock Company, came along and wanted to put the songs out as an album. So it has been done: all four EPs (IIa, IIb, IIc, and IId), plus two brand new songs are available on CD and as a download.
Already the album has earned a five star review from Progressive Rock Fanatics, describing it as “a masterpiece of an album- heart-wrenching, taut, lyrically superior,” and The Georgia Straight has named it Album of the Week.
In Europe, order from here: https://rockcompany.nl/shop/slug-comparison-when-you-were-living-here/
In North America, order from here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/slugcomparison1
Slug Comparison is my solo project, but I’m indebted to a lot of people who helped with the album. Here’s a list. You might know a few of them:
Mike Young (Devin Townsend, Mother Mother)
Dave Young (Devin Townsend)
Sam Levin (Fen)
Randall Stoll (KD Lang, Tom Cochrane)
Jeff Caron (Fen)
Nando Polesel (Fen)
Doug Fury (Bif Naked)
Jeremy Tardif (The Engine Jeremy)
Tatyana Dobrowolski (Tatters and Ravens)
Scott Archibald (Id)
Bonnie and Shauna
Peter Cox (Rock Company)
(I hope I haven’t missed anyone)
If you bought or were given any of the previously released EPs, feel free to only download the songs you need to complete the album. There are two new tracks: “Fine With It” and “One More Step.” That said, the CD artwork is fantastic, and the booklet includes the full lyrics plus artwork by Sweden’s C.A. Beckston of Blekkmark Design Studio (Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul McCartney), so I believe it’s well worth buying a physical copy.
The songs “When You Were Living Here” and “Beings Far Away” are dedicated to the memory of Eric Rose—roommate, friend, and creative accomplice. The time I spent with him was a gift. I thank his family for permission to include his artwork on IIb and on the final album cover.
Thank you, everyone, for your ongoing support and enthusiasm. It definitely helps.