Todd Kerns and Kurt Dahle created Age of Electric in 1986 and kicked it off in 1989 after waiting for their younger brothers – John Kerns and Ryan Dahle – to finish high school. The four boys practiced in the small town of Lanigan, Saskatchewan in a vacant building that Mr. Kerns rented out for them to keep the loud music out of his basement. After about a month of rehearsals, they packed up Kurt’s Impala and drove to their first gig in Stettler, Alberta.
They released two independent cassettes in the early 90’s, but their commercial breakthrough came with their independent Ugly EP in 1993. It generated two hits – “Ugly” and “Untitled” – and set the stage for their full length self-titled release in 1995. The Age of Electric album caught the attention of Universal Records Canada, who then went on to signed them to a distribution deal in Canada. In 1997, they signed a worldwide record deal with Mercury Records in the US with distribution still in place with Universal Canada. The first single “Remote Control” from Make a Pest a Pet that came out in ’97 became an instant hit, peaking at No. 9 on Canada’s Top 100 Singles Chart and #2 on the MuchMusic countdown.
On January 14, 1998, they played their last show as the opener for Our Lady Peace at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. The four continued their music career with other projects, either individually or as brothers, such as bands including Mounties, Limblifter, The New Pornographers, Static in Stereo and Slash. However…
During the summer in 2015, Age of Electric announced their first show in 17 years, featuring the original lineup. They also announced that they were releasing a four song EP in February of 2017 via We Are Busy Bodies, as well as Make a Pest A Pet as a double LP re-mastered for vinyl.
We were so happy they came back that we went to their post-reunion Toronto show to see them perform at Adelaide Hall on November 25, 2016.
They even dropped by the studio last December to grace of with a, you guessed it…Christmas song! Even though it’s not that time of year, you should take the time to listen to their cover of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” – who knows, maybe it’ll cool you down in all this heat.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, The Edge is counting down great Canadian artists that we’ve played and supported over the years. We will be airing these artists everyday leading up to Canada’s 150th, as well as posting the earliest Edge exclusive interviews and performances we find in our archives. Check back everyday for new artists and support your Canadian musicians!