Kudos to Ryan Dahle for making us nostalgic for 90s Canadian alternative music in a big way lately. Besides the success he’s found with his main outfit Mounties (with Hawksley Workman and Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays), Limblifter surprised many earlier this year by putting out a new LP (Pacific Milk) and following up its release with a small Canadian tour.
And in the latest Dahle-related news, The Age of Electric just announced their first show in 17 years – featuring the original lineup of Todd Kerns, John Kerns, Ryan Dahle and Kurt Dahle, no less. Formed in 1989 and best known for their 1996 hit single “Remote Control”, the band played their final gig in 1998 as opener for Our Lady Peace at Copps Coliseum…and that was that. Although they’ve gone on to many other projects – such as The New Pornographers, Static in Stereo, and Slash – either individually or as brothers, the foursome have not played live together since that day in Hamilton. Now, almost two decades later, they will perform a 90-minute set on August 29 at the Marquee Beer Market & Stage in Calgary. And who better to open for them than Alberta band Zuckerbaby – another popular Canadian band that has not played together in years.
So far this one show is the extent of Age of Electric’s reunion…but perhaps a sign of things to come?