Gregory Macdonald has been playing keyboards and singing backup with Canadian greats Sloan since 2006, and has been a bit of the band's secret weapon, too. (He also plays in Limblifter and has been in Butch Walker's band.) He makes his own music, too, and has just released a solo album under the name Cola Wars via Sloan's Murderecords label. This is about as far away from Sloan as you can get -- transportive longform synthscapes that pull from early '80s soundtracks (John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream), techno and beyond.

Speaking of John Carpenter, they've made a trailer for the Cola Wars album that pays homage to the director's 1988 sci-fi action thriller They Live which also ties into the '80s/'90s Oakley sunglasses featured on the album art. Directed by Haris Cehajic, it puts MacDonald in the Roddy Piper role, and though there's not a lot of ass kicking or gum chewing, it's still very cool. The trailer premieres in this post and you can watch that, and listen to the album, below.

They've made a They Live-esque poster for the album, too, which comes with vinyl copies of the album. There are only 300 copies pressed so you might not want to wait to order yours.