New drummer, new sounds. New Soundclash?

Following the departure of drummer Pat Pengelly, frontman Jay Malinowski and bassist Eon Sinclair are foraging ahead as Bedouin Soundclash begins a new chapter in their musical legacy. The musically eclectic band is set to play the Starlite Room tonight with a horns and percussion section made up of former members of the Pocket Dwellers.

“Over time, being in a band’s an intense thing,” Malinowski told Metro, not adding much in the way of specifics expect that things seem amicable. “We pretty much reached the end of that chapter.”

Bedouin Soundclash released a five-song EP titled Where Have The Songs Played Gone To? on June 16 as they gear up for the early 2010 release of their fourth studio album, the anticipated followup to 2007’s Street Gospels. The EP features B-sides from Street Gospels and one new song, On My Block, and is available as a special digital release only.

The band’s sound can be described as a mix of reggae and ska, and was formed when the members were students at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., releasing their first album in 2001. The band recently cruised through town opening for No Doubt.

“We just want people to come out and dance,” Malinowski said. “It’s not a shoegazing thing.”

Bedouin Soundclash and Ben Stevenson play tonight at the Starlite Room.

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