Following Barenaked Ladies’ recent induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, former frontman Steven Page has announced his new solo album. Titled Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II, the solo effort arrives September 14 Fresh Baked Goods/Warner Music Canada.
The new full-length follows 2016’s Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct, and as a taste of the upcoming album, Page has shared the new song “White Noise.” The track is described as “a naked look at the current political discourse south of the 49th parallel.”
In a statement, here’s what Page had to say about the new song:
I grew up in a household where social justice was a fundamental value, and I always believed that it was a fundamental Canadian value as well as a central Jewish one. I’ve watched how the term has been twisted and perverted by the Right over the last several years in an effort to diminish the voices of reason.
Although I grew up politically aware in a left-leaning household (which, in Canada, was not regarded as anything sinister until the mid-’90s and beyond), it wasn’t until I discovered the politically-charged music coming from the U.K. in the 1970s (the Clash, the Jam) and 1980s during the Miner’s Strike and the Red Wedge movement (Billy Bragg, Style Council, Communards, etc) that I became excited by the power of music and activism. This song pays tribute to that music and was written in the wake of last year’s events in Charlottesville. The open displays of racism and antisemitism, and the chants of “Jews Will Not Replace Us” made me grab my guitar and tell them I’d be more than glad to replace them.
You can stream the clean version of the song below an accompanying lyric video or check it out on the streaming platform of your choice over here.
Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II was recorded at Fresh Baked Woods studios just outside of Toronto and Vancouver’s Doghouse of Thunder Studio with Craig Northey. The album marks Page’s fifth solo album.
You can see Page’s upcoming tour dates here. A press release promises more Canadian dates to be announced this fall in support of the album.