Duotang (band)

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Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active




Stomp Records
Associated acts Novillero
Website duotangband.com
Members Rod Slaughter
Sean Allum

Duotang is a Canadian power pop, mod rock & roll duo from Winnipeg, Manitoba composed of Rod Slaughter and Sean Allum.


Slaughter and Allum began practising together in the summer of 1995. Their respective bands Zen Bungalow and Bovine shared a practice space. They began staying behind to craft their own music.[1]

They played a show with the Smugglers which led to a signing with Mint Records in March 1996.[1][2] They released a 7", entitled The Message July 16, 1996.

Their first album, Smash the Ships and Raise the Beams was recorded in Vancouver by Darryl Neudorf. It was released August 29, 1996. Their second album, The Cons & The Pros was released May 20, 1998. They then toured Canada with fellow locals, The Weakerthans.

After the tour, Duotang was inactive for a time; Slaughter joined Winnipeg mod band, Novillero in 1999, while Allum attended Creative Communications studies at Winnipeg's Red River College.[1] The pair came back together to release a third full-length album entitled The Bright Side; it was recorded at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba with Cam Loeppky and released in June 2001.[1]Gauntlet interview an interview with the UCalgary paper, Gauntlet, from 2002[dead link] Archived at the Wayback Machine

Duotang disbanded after the release of The Bright Side. They reunited briefly in 2006 for the Mint Records Christmas Party.

After a 13-year hiatus, Slaughter and Allum got together as Duotang to perform shows in Vancouver and Winnipeg in late 2014.[3] The band returned to touring in 2015,[4] and released an album called New Occupation on October 14, 2016 on Montreal's Stomp Records.[5]



  • Smash the Ships and Raise the Beams (1996)
  • The Cons & The Pros (1998)
  • The Bright Side (2001)[6]
  • New Occupation (2016)


  • Team Mint (1996), Mint Records
  • It's a Team Mint Xmas Vol. 1 (2000), Mint Records
  • Team Mint Volume 2! (2001), Mint Records
  • Somebody Needs A Timeout (2002), Campfirecords
  • It's a Team Mint Xmas Vol. 2 (2004), Mint Records
  • Mint Records Presents the CBC Radio 3 Sessions (2006), Mint Records
  • Taking It To Heart (2016), Treeline Recordings

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Duotang Two Piece Suites". Exclaim!, By Chuck Molgat Jul 01, 2001
  2. ^ Gauntlet interview Archived 2005-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. an interview with the UCalgary paper, Gauntlet, from 2002[dead link] Archived at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Duotang premieres new track ‘The Mentors’ and ready new album after 15-year hiatus". BeatRoute, 3 October 2016. by Mar Sellars
  4. ^ "Yellowhead Brewery, Edmonton AB, October 11". Exclaim!, By Jibril Yassin Oct 12, 2015
  5. ^ "Duotang New Occupation". Exclaim! album review by Cam Lindsay, Oct 14, 2016
  6. ^ Popmatters Review of the The Bright Side

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