Well, 2009 wasn’t an Olympic year, but against all odds, after 25 years, all four original Extroverts got together that June and tore through a set featuring tunes from their 1979-1982 run and a brand new tune.
“It’s amazing how quickly we got back to a reasonable level of tightness after so many years,” says Lester. “And we are having so much fun – we can’t wait to get back up there and do it again."
ROCK NEW WAVE TIME MACHINE
The Extroverts new tunes are only "half new". Guitarist and co-songwriter Eddie Lester explains: “Singer Brent Caron was a very prolific lyric writer, and would crank songs out with specific tempos or melodies in mind. Unfortunately, he played no instrument and couldn’t communicate the music part of the songs.”
“I would take a pile of lyrics and put music to them, then play that back to Brent and the band to learn,” says Lester. “We wrote 75-80 songs that way. Last June, when rehearsing for our first gig in 25 year, we went through or collections of pictures and memorabilia, and Brent brought over another pile of his unused lyrics from the olden days. I went through the pile and that’s how we came to have a brand new song (Spudboys) for our June show. Brand new insofar as the music is new, and the lyrics are almost 30 years old!”
Lester has continued to put music to the previously unused lyrics, and the band has completely reworked some of their older tunes. The result is a set of brand new tunes that are musically modern but that boast timeless lyrics penned in the late 70’s.