Sloan is a power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band was formed in 1991 when Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott met at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax; Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson joined soon after. In 1992 the band created their own record label, Murderecords, for themselves and other Halifax area bands, and released the Peppermint EP. Later in 1992 they released their full-length album Smeared on Geffen Records.
According to Sloan's official website, the band's name refers to a friend's nickname. Their friend Jason Larsen was called "slow one" by his French-speaking boss, which with a French accent sounds like "Sloan". The agreement was they could name the band after his nickname as long as he was on the cover of their first album. The name stuck for Larsen, who appeared on the cover of the Peppermint EP.
In 1994 Geffen did not promote Sloan's second album, Twice Removed, although it sold well in Canada. Spin Magazine named it one of the "Best Albums...
|country||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|music genre||Rock and roll|
|current members|| Chris Murphy|