The Age of Electric

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The Age of Electric
Origin Lanigan and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres Hard rock, alternative rock
Years active 1989–1999, 2015–present
Labels Gods Teeth Ethel! Records, Mercury Records
Associated acts Limblifter, Static In Stereo, The New Pornographers, Mounties, Slash
Website http://www.theageofelectric.com/
Past members Ryan Dahle
Todd Kerns
John Kerns
Kurt Dahle

The Age of Electric is a Canadian hard rock band founded in 1989 with members from Lanigan and Regina, Saskatchewan. The members are singer/guitarist Todd Kerns, guitarist Ryan Dahle, bassist John Kerns and drummer Kurt Dahle. Ryan and Kurt also provide backing vocals.

History[edit]

The Age of Electric formed in 1989. Their commercial breakthrough came with their independent EP Ugly in 1993, which spawned several hits and set the stage for the major label release of their eponymously titled album The Age of Electric in 1995.

In 1996, the Dahle brothers released an album with their side project Limblifter, which was also commercially successful in Canada.

The band then released Make a Pest a Pet in 1997. The album produced the radio rock hit "Remote Control", which peaked at No. 9 on Canada's Singles Chart[1] and was later featured on MuchMusic's diamond certified compilation album, Big Shiny Tunes 2. Although it was the band's most successful album yet, being certified Gold in Canada in 1998,[2] tensions within the band led the group to break up after a 1998 tour as the opening band for Our Lady Peace. That year the band was nominated for a Juno Award as best new group.[3]

Upon the break-up of The Age of Electric, the brothers Kerns went on to form Static in Stereo with other members, including their brother Ryan. Kurt Dahle went on to work with The New Pornographers. Todd Kerns became the bass player and backup vocalist for Slash's band, The Conspirators.

Reunion[edit]

In July 2015, The Age of Electric performed a reunion show scheduled in Calgary on August 29, 2015 (with opening act, Zuckerbaby), marking their first public performance together in over 17 years.[4]

In 2016, the band announced plans to release a remastered, expanded two-LP vinyl reissue of Make A Pest A Pet in February, 2017 in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary.[5] Simultaneously, the band announced plans to release a new four-song EP that same month. The first single from the new EP, "Keys", was released in November, 2016. Both the Make A Pest A Pet reissue and the new EP, titled The Pretty EP, were released on February 17, 2017.

Discography[edit]

  • Electric (1990)
  • The Latest Plague (1991)
  • Ugly (1993)
  • The Age of Electric (1995)
  • Make a Pest a Pet (1997)
  • The Pretty EP (2017)

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak Album
CAN
[6]
CAN
Alt

[7]
1991 "Aphrodisiac Smile" - - The Latest Plague
1995 "Ugly" 80 - The Age of Electric
"Untitled" 50 24
"Enya" - -
1997 "Remote Control" 9 10 Make a Pest a Pet
"I Don't Mind" 59 -
"Don't Wreck It" 42 -
2016 "Keys" - - The Pretty EP
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 65, No. 14, June 09 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ Larry LeBlanc (21 February 1998). "McLaughlin at top of Juno nominations". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 14–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ "Age of Electric Reunite for Live Show". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Age of Electric Plot New EP and Expanded 'Make a Pest a Pet' Vinyl Reissue". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ Peak positions for Age of Electric's singles on Canadian Singles Chart:
  7. ^ Peak positions for Age of Electric's singles on RPM Alternative 30 Chart:

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