The Asylum Presents..
Legendary 79-82 Canadian Punk Rockers
THE EXTROVERTS live in Sudbury
THE EXTROVERTS (Regina)
The Extroverts are a pop/punk band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada active from 1979-1982 with the exception of a one off show in 1984. The band reformed in 2009 with all original members.
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Drums, guitars, and yelling about library closures. DC meets Ottawa meets Olympia in the 90s. Ex/Current: Weights and Measures, Giant Sons, Belleisle, The Lindbergh Line, Dance Movie, Girl Arm.
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Live at The Asylum - 19 Regent St - Sudbury, Ontario
9PM Doors - $7 cover at door - All Ages/Licensed
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In 1984, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States, Soviet bloc countries boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics, it cost about $2.50 to go to a movie, and one of the movies many people spent their $2.50 on was Ghostbusters. 1984 was also when Regina’s pop/punk band The Extroverts reunited for a one-off show after having split up in 1982. The lads had a great time, and jokingly vowed to reunite and play a show every Olympic year. It didn’t happen.
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."
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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.
Band members are working on re-recording some of the old numbers as well as get the new songs recorded on what will be their fist official full-length release.