Formed in Saskatchewan in 1989, the Age Of Electric found commercial success throughout the 1990s, spawning a number of hits over five albums, most notably the mega-hit “Remote Control”, which charted in the top ten in Canada in 1997.
After being featured on MuchMusic’s best-selling compilation album ‘Big Shiny Tunes 2’, the band was invited to open for Our Lady Peace on their 1998 tour, where tension in the band led to a split later that year.
17 years later, the original members of The Age Of Electric reunited for a show in Calgary in 2015, and, following the success of their reunion show, the band, consisting of original members Todd Kerns (vocals & guitar), John Kerns (bass), Ryan Dahle (guitar), and Kurt Dahle (drums), announced plans to release a remastered re-issue of their 1997 album ‘Make A Pest A Pet’.
On Saturday night, The Age Of Electric brought their long-awaited reunion tour to Oshawa, playing a show at The Music Hall Nightclub & Concert Theatre on King Street East. Opening the evening was a local Durham Region band named The House Call, who released their debut EP in 2015. They rolled through their set list, including some new material that has yet to be released. Influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, and Alice In Chains, The House Call put on a great show to start the night.
As the crowd made their way closer to the stage, The House Call gave way to another local band, this time a young high-energy band from Bowmanville. Outshined took to the stage next, putting on an excellent show. No strangers to the stage, Outshined have played together since 2012 and came in first place in 2013’s Battle Of The Bands in Bowmanville. They released their debut album in 2016, and the release earned airplay on 94.9 The Rock.
Influenced by bands like Alter Bridge, Led Zeppelin, Guns & Roses, and many others, Outshined continues to grow their fan base, and it showed on Saturday night, as they opened eyes to how good they can be while opening for The Age Of Electric.
With the crowd now packing the front of the stage, The Age Of Electric came on around 10:40pm, opening with 1996’s “I Don’t Mind”. Fans who have followed the band’s music for more than 20 years were singing along to Todd’s vocals, hitting every note. Looking through the audience, many women seemed entranced by Todd’s long flowing black hair and his stunning vocals.
The band filled the night with a packed 90 minute set, playing 17 songs, which included four previously unreleased songs only found on the recent re-issue of Make A Pest A Pet. The fans packed into The Music Hall were treated to a number of chart singles that put The Age Of Electric on the map as one of Canada’s greatest bands of the 90s, playing hits like “Untitled” and “Don’t Wreck It”, along with their debut single “Ugly”. Of course, the band would close the night with arguably their biggest hit, “Remote Control”.
The members of the band seemed to be having a great time in Oshawa, as Todd interacted with fans throughout the show. Ryan’s guitar was on-point, and, thankfully, Ryan’s brother Kurt kept the beat perfectly on the drum kit, battling through a recent bad case of pneumonia. The Age Of Electric showed on Saturday that live music can bring out the best in bands, and proved once again that they are a truly remarkable live band that did not disappoint.
The Age Of Electric recently released a new EP with four brand new tracks. The EP is available for purchase on their website, www.theageofelectric.com.
FEATURED PHOTO: The Age Of Electric brought their long-awaited reunion tour to Oshawa on Saturday, April 15, 2017, playing at the The Music Hall Nightclub & Concert Theatre. (Photo: Shawn Irwin)
Shawn Irwin is a freelance photojournalist working under assignment with The Oshawa Times. Shawn has had his work featured on Decibel Geek, and will be joining The Oshawa Times for selected shows around Durham Region.