Formed in 2010, Electric Religious has crafted a unique sound that’s instantly engaging. They have been writing, recording, and performing steadily in Edmonton AB, and growing a fan base from their energizing live performances. Lead guitarist and front man, Brandon Baker, together with his wife Olivia Street (guitar/vocals), Paul Bergeron (bass), and Jay Der (drums) have crafted a cohesive and intensely listenable album of radio-ready tracks.
Yeah, Yeah, No spent 6 weeks on the Earshot charts. Brandon was recently a semi-finalist in the national Canadian Songwriting Contest, with 2 of his songs placing in the Aboriginal category.
Baker’s songwriting explores themes such as leaving and being left, drugs, dreams and desires, and love in all its baffling, complex simplicity. Baker explains, “The first single, ‘Revolution,’ is an exploration of youth, and what it means to feel empowered by all the possibilities that are open to you. But there’s also a caveat that staying in one place too long can be stifling and that to really grow, you have to leave the things that are comfortable and easy.”
This is a theme Baker knows well, having moved away from his hometown of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, at the age of 18, to pursue his musical career in Edmonton. While in Saskatchewan, Baker was honoured with a nomination for Aboriginal Artist of the Year at the 2009 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. He left both Saskatchewan and country music for Edmonton, where he focused on jazz and rock at Grant MacEwan University, and met band mate Paul Bergeron. They began playing together and writing songs and were eventually joined by Street and Der. Electric Religious received a $10,000 Project 10k20 grant from Rawlco, which was used to fund the recording of Yeah, Yeah, No.