Tragically Solo

Downie Goes It Alone (Again)
Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, will release his second solo album June 3 via Zoe/Rounder Records in the U.S. and MapleMusic Recordings in Canada. Clocking in at just 37 minutes in length, “Battle of the Nudes” is the follow up to 2001’s “Coke Machine Glow,” and will be supported by an extensive tour.
“I’m interested in doing anything that teaches me something,” Downie said in a statement. “As a result, I’ve found that I’m writing more than ever. In fact, the day after I mastered this record, I was already back to writing with the Hip. Ultimately, what I want to do is more. I want to get better.”
Once again backing Downie on his solo outing is the Dinner Is Ruined multi-instrumentalist Dale Morningstar, drummer Dave Clark, and keyboardist Dr. Pee, as well as the Skydiggers’ Josh Finlayson on bass, guitar, and vocals, and Julie Doiron (Eric’s Trip, Wooden Stars) on bass and vocals. Downie and Morningstar produced the set, which was recorded over two five-day periods in 2001 and 2002.