With my latest post in the Life section it made me think of this song by Age of Electric.
I can’t believe it would now be considered old, time flies, but I keep coming back to this song.
Age of Electric is a band that has a huge history in Canadian music – most people don’t even know it. Some do. Regardless listen up!
A little history.
I was in Grant MacEwan Community college in Edmonton living across the street in a 2 bedroom apartment with room mates. On top of that we had bands hanging out and often sleeping on the couch. This particular time is was Gerritt and Mark who were from Estevan Saskatchewan and were in town rehearsing with a new band. They would go to the Londonderry Inn and rehearse all day, often stay at the bar and then come back. One day they said we have to check out the band playing this week called ELECTRIC (named after the Cult’s album of the same name). In those days originals weren’t really allowed and everyone played covers. It was the bands first time playing in Edmonton.
Electric were amazing, they took influences from Guns ‘n Roses, Aerosmith, The Cult and made it their own which lead to them being able to do their own music.
We hung out and partied many times, Ryan even came over once to listen to their demo because he didn’t have a cassette player (yes cassette player) and the rest of the band hadn’t even heard it yet. The deal was I got to tape it while listening – I still have that tape somewhere. My best friend from high school, Ray Weigelt, became their merch/light guy and went on the road with them.
The band went on to making it – almost making it – and the struggles of the industry eventually got the better of them.
There was so much talent in the band drummer Kurt Dahle is still playing with The New Pornographers, brother Ryan Dahle is producing in Vancouver and playing with Limblifter and Todd Kerns the singer is playing bass with SLASH (yes the one and only Slash from Guns n Roses)! John Kerns (another brother) plays around Toronto but has mostly kept a low profile.
Out of their catalogue this song has stuck with me. First of it’s Untitled which makes you come up with your own meaning but for me also make me listen to the lyrics.
The phrase “Destroy Rebuild Destroy Rebuild Destroy” seems to be the story of life in 2 words.
We hit a hardship in our life and we are forced to rebuild.
Other lyrics of the song also have hit home but I’ll let you listen and see for yourself.
Please listen as Age of Electric are an important part of Canadian indie music and while the band members are in other projects, still continue to have an impact on the music scene. Fans still ask for a reunion.
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