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Great bands with multiple lead singers

June 9, 2008

Mission of Burma

Speaking of Sloan, they made The Onion AV Club‘s recent list of ‘bands with more than one prominent lead singer,’ which also includes z=z favourites Mission of Burma (pictured above) and The New Pornographers. I’m not sure that I totally buy the pop-psych explanation of Sloan’s lack of success in the US, though:

It’s possible that perpetually underappreciated (in the States, anyway) Canadian power-pop band Sloan is too democratic. Fans tend to gravitate to bands where the members have clearly defined roles and responsibilities. In Sloan, everybody sings, writes, and trades off instruments. This means there’s no leader or star in Sloan, though a surplus of wonderful songs and killer harmonies would make up for that in a just world.

It’s especially hard to be swayed by that argument when the company they’re keeping includes, well, The Beatles (and the Beach Boys, and Fleetwood Mac, and the Clash, and Pink Floyd). You know, ‘perpetually underappreciated’ bands like that.

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  1. [...] band (they cite influences from The Smiths through Death Cab for Cutie through Tracy Chapman). Like Sloan, they share songwriting and vocal duties. Check them out if you’re in the [...]



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