Sinclair’s sophomore album is out this spring
TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2023 – Today, Gord Sinclair, best known as the bassist and songwriter for legendary Canadian rock act The Tragically Hip, releases his new single “Gool Guy” (yes you read that right – all will be explained) via Pheromone Recordings / Cadence Music Group and across all streaming platforms. The new track is the lead single from Sinclair’s forthcoming sophomore solo album, due this Spring.
Written by Sinclair and produced in collaboration with famed engineer James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Ronnie Hawkins, Gordon Lightfoot), “Gool Guy” is a driving, energetic rock offering that previews the exciting new work that’s to come from the renowned songwriter. The single and entire album were recorded in three-day sessions using McKenty’s In Record Time mobile studio. This process was completed while parked in Gord’s driveway to record bed tracks throughout his home, over a frigid January weekend at Gord’s father’s house north of Kingston and in McKenty’s Peterborough studio.
“This single came together pretty quickly in October of 2021 while we were still locked down,” says Sinclair. “We put a premium on live performance and recorded the band live off the floor together. It was collaborative, organic, focused, fast and fun!”
“Gool Guy” marks a continuation into the solo career that Sinclair never anticipated embarking on before the 2017 passing of The Tragically Hip ringleader Gord Downie. Following decades of music-making with the band’s frontman, Sinclair continues to honour his friend through music.
Sinclair’s forthcoming album is the follow-up to his debut solo project, 2020’s Taxi Dancers, which was released to critical acclaim and delighted Hip fans across the country. “Gool Guy” represents an evolution in Sinclair’s solo sound, bringing forward a more rhythmic and driving rock ‘n roll energy that’s reminiscent of The Hip.
“The new song was inspired by Frances Haugen’s courageous whistle blowing about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s business practices”, explains Sinclair. “Like so many digital disrupters, this pretentious new age robber baron claims to be building a better world while he consciously makes it worse and profits from it. It’s just old fashioned greed camouflaged as progress, with a heaping helping of obscene wealth and megalomania. It’s monstrous. These Big Tech bros aren’t cool, they’re Gools (sic)!”
An industry veteran, Gord Sinclair’s work with The Tragically Hip earned him a number of achievements including 17 JUNO Awards, a SOCAN National Achievement Award, a coveted placement on Canada’s Walk Of Fame, and an appointment to the Order of Canada.