1991’s Road Apples was the second studio album from the Canadian rock band fronted by beloved late singer Gord Downie, who died in Oct. 2017 at age 53 from brain cancer; the band retired the name a year later.
“Welcome to Saskadelphia: the record that stayed in the wings as Road Apples hit the stage,” the release continues. “The title, a term coined by the band in a nod to the extensive touring they were doing in the early 1990s, was the original working title for Road Apples before it was rejected by those same label execs as being ‘too Canadian.'”
“I went ‘Wow’ when I heard ‘Ouch’ after all this time,” said guitarist Rob Baker. “We were a pretty good little band,” with drummer Johnny Fay explaining why the band felt they needed to share the three decade-old recordings with fans. “We didn’t know what was there, so this meant baking them and listening to them as they were being transferred,” Fay said. “Hearing them for the first time in 30 years was crazy.”
The tracks include: “Ouch,” “Not Necessary,” “Montreal,” “Crack My Spine Like a Whip,” “Just As Well” and “Reformed Baptist Blues.” The band will receive the 2021 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada at the 50th annual Juno Awards on June 6 in Toronto.