Over the course of the last 20-plus years, Toronto group The Sadies have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the business. In addition to maintaining a regular tour schedule that brings them to virtually all corners of the world, The Sadies’ commitment to not only their own work, but seeking out collaborations with others has seen them work in varying capacities with artists including Neil Young, Neko Case, Tragically Hip vocalist Gord Downie, X’s John Doe and Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor.
Performing as the special guests of Blue Rodeo at Casino New Brunswick on Sunday evening, The Sadies long-awaited return to Metro Moncton comes fresh on the heels of the group’s latest studio album, Northern Passages, released earlier this month.
In true Sadies fashion, the group’s newest offering draws influence from traditional country, rock and roll and more, to craft a sound that is not always easily definable, but is one that has been largely responsible for the group earning its devoted legion of fans over the last two decades.
The approximate four-year span between 2013’s Internal Sounds and their latest record marks one of the longest periods between albums billed solely to The Sadies’ name. From a tour stop in Newfoundland earlier this week, guitarist-vocalist Travis Good says that, despite what may be perceived as down-time, the group still managed to keep fairly busy.
“The wait for a new Sadies album wasn’t out of laziness or lack of inspiration, or anything like that,” he says, pointing to the group’s 2014 collaboration with Gord Downie that resulted in the critically heralded album And The Conquering Sun. “No matter where our path takes us between records, it is always nice to get back to The Sadies. Part of what I love about playing with other artists is that we get to take a bit of a break from The Sadies but are still together, playing music. It is those collaborations with other artists that keeps this band refreshing and from getting stale. It’s like the best of all worlds.”
Good shares the approach to making Northern Passages was different from some of the group’s previous releases. Acknowledging that some of the group’s earliest records, including their 1998 debut Precious Moments, were cut in the span of just a few days, he says they afforded themselves as much time as they felt necessary to ensure that they were happy with every aspect of their new record.
“The making of this record was broken up into various chunks, which isn’t something we normally do. We took a lot pride in how quickly we used to make our albums, but we’ve since grown comfortable in navigating our way through the recording process, and part of that means taking the time we felt was necessary to get a finished product we are all happy with.”
What: The Sadies, special guests to Blue Rodeo
When: Sunday Feb. 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Casino New Brunswick, 21 Casino Dr., Moncton
The show is sold out