The Tragically Hip, among Canada's most acclaimed and beloved bands, return in 2016 with the new album Man Machine Poem. The band's fourteenth studio album takes its name from a track on their Gold-selling 2012 release, Now For Plan A, and was recorded at The Hip's home studio The Bathouse, produced by Kevin Drew(Broken Social Scene, Andy Kim, Arts & Crafts label co-founder) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills).
"We're moving forward while embracing a memory," says Drew. "That was what I said to the band going into this recording." He explains that muscle memory is why we love songs, it's the most important thing a band has. "This album is about three things," he continues. "Memory, transformation, and truth. I think it's a fantastic record."
For 30 years, The Tragically Hip has been at the heart of the Canadian musical zeitgeist for evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans that remains unrivaled in this country. A five-piece group of friends including Robby Baker (guitar), Gordon Downie (vocals, guitar), Johnny Fay (drums), Paul Langlois (guitar) and Gord Sinclair (bass), who grew up in Kingston, Ontario, The Hip has achieved the enviable status of a band that enjoys both mass popularity with over 8 million albums sold worldwide, as well as peer recognition through 11 Juno Awards from more than a dozen recordings.
The Tragically Hip are in the best possible place a band can be: they're brothers, they play so easily together, comfortable in their skins enough to try any idea, confident enough to know what's right. No team of ace Swedish consultant-writers needed; The Hip know it's their duty as artists to feel something and the listener is going to get an uncommon honesty in Man Machine Poem.
2. In A World Possessed By The Human Mind
3. What Blue
4. In Sarnia
5. Here, In The Dark
6. Great Soul
7. Tired As Fuck
8. Hot Mic
9. Ocean Next