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SLIK TOXIK's Irrelevant Album Gets 20th Anniversary Release By Perris Records

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 4:32 PM


"White Lies/Black Truth" 1989 Demo Included As Bonus Track

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SLIK TOXIK was formed in October of 1988 by singer/songwriter Nick Walsh, lyricist Dave Mercel and guitarists Rob Bruce and Kevin Gale. They had all played together previously in various combinations but it was at this time that Nick brought them all together as a unit. As a songwriting team they showed immediate promise, but it was with the subsequent addition of bassist Pat Howarth and drummer Neal Busby that the band coalesced into a potent creative force.

Perris Records has released what they've dubbed the 20 Something Anniversary re-issue of SLIK TOXIK's Irrelevant album. Irrelevant was the third release and second full length album by the Canadian rockers and was originally released in 1994 during a turbulent time for hard rock. This was a time when the airwaves and magazines were being bombarded with the advent of alternative, grunge and pop groups.

After the release of their debut CD Doin’ The Nasty, which sold well over 50,000 units in Canada (Gold status) and received the Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Hard Rock Album Of The Year, the climate in the music industry started to change.

"It was a crazy time for us, as we like so many other rockers were in a state flux," recalls Walsh. "We were in a darker place."

Met with critical acclaim, this eclectic collection of songs has been touted by some critics as being ahead of its time with hard hitting de-tuned riffs, snarly vocals and bombastic drumming. The band went on to only having a Canadian release with this recording and touring across Canada multiple times before calling it quits and going their separate ways in 1995.

The songs "Dive" and "Twenty Something" were released as singles and videos. The album was recorded in Toronto at Phase One Studios again with producer Paul Gross at the helm.

Irrelevant re-issue tracklisting:

  • "Twenty Something"
  • "Kill The Pain"
  • "Voodoo"
  • "Drained"
  • "I Wanna Gun"
  • "Liquid Calm"
  • "Fashioned After None"
  • "Dive"
  • "Blue Monday"
  • "Mother Machine"
  • "Just Fade Away"
Oddly enough, SLIK TOXIK's cover of the sex pistols classic "EMI", which appeared on the original version of Irrelevant, does not appear on the re-issue.

A note from the band: "Here is the "White Lies/Black Truth" (1989 Demo) which has been made available as a bonus cut on the Perris Records Irrelevant re-issue. This demo was self produced with Andrew St.George (KILLER DWARFS, DAN GIBSON) engineering the recording and then mixer/producer Anthony Vanderburgh and engineer Rick Anderson (RUSH) were brought in to mix and finish the job."

Pick up the Irrelevant re-issue HERE and keep up with SLIK TOXIK on their Official facebook page right HERE.


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