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Sloan is a Canadian rock band who throughout their 20-year tenure have released 10 LPs , two EPs, a live album, a "best of" collection and about thirty singles. The band is known for their sharing of songwriting from each member of the group and their unaltered line-up throughout their career. They have released ten studio albums, two live albums, six compilation albums, two EPs, 31 singles and 17 music videos.

The band was formed in 1991 when Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott met at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 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, Sloan released their full-length album Smeared.

In 1994, Twice Removed was released and it sold well in Canada. Spin named it one of the "Best Albums You Didn't Hear" in 1994. After the release of Twice Removed, the band went on hiatus and were rumoured to have broken up. In 1996, however, they released the widely praised One Chord to Another on their own Murderecords label. Following 1998's Navy Blues album, Sloan released their first live album 4 Nights at the Palais Royale in 1999. Those albums were followed by Between the Bridges in 1999, and Pretty Together in 2001.

Seeking US success Sloan made a concerted effort to break into the US market on their 2003 release Action Pact. Songs were recorded in L.A. with Tom Rothrock producing. The glossier, radio-ready sound failed to raise Sloan's profile in the US, though they continued to be highly popular in Canada.&nbsp Sloan's first compilation album A Sides Win: Singles 1992-2005, included two new songs, "All Used Up" and "Try to Make It".

Sloan put out their eighth disc, Never Hear the End of It in 2006. The album contained 30 tracks with all the members of the band contributing new songs. It was met with widespread critical acclaim and became the highest charting Sloan album in the US up to that point. In 2008, Sloan followed up their longest album with their shortest release Parallel Play.

In November 2009 Sloan added a digital music store to their website. The band released an online-only EP called Hit & Run to promote the store. In February 2010, the band released another online exclusive, the compilation album B-Sides Win: Extras, Bonus Tracks and B-Sides. Their most recent album, entitled The Double Cross, is a nod to their 20th (or XX) anniversary. The album is preceded by the its first single, "Unkind".

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