Published Apr 15, 2008Could it be the uncomfortable union of Moist's pop-shlock neutered David Usher, Chad Kroeger apostle, Ian Thornley of Big Wreck and one of Matthew Good's ejected band-mates? Thankfully no, but whether or not you're thankful for the truth is a matter of taste. If the combination of I Mother Earth's Edwin, original Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner, former Tea Party stick slinger Jeff Burrows and Zygote bassist Amir Epstein is your idea of a '90s Can-con revival wet dream, you better stock up on fresh undies, cause your dream just came true.
The "supergroup" have material recorded for a potential summer release, but still lack a name (may I suggest I Mother Lady Party?). It remains to be seen if the individual members' collective fan bases have remained strong enough for the project to jettison Edwin out from his bar-tending gig at Toronto's Tattoo Rock Parlour and back into the Canadian rock star stratosphere, but their potential has to be stronger than that of Raine Maida's solo career.
Edwin sounded optimistic but tempered by realism from his past experience as a major player in Canada's fickle music scene. In a statement to Chartattack, the "Hang Ten" singer said, "At this point, we're all looking at it like a pet project. It's a priority for all of us right now, and we'll see how it goes. It could just be one of those cool moments in Canadian rock history, or it could explode... you never know."
Here's to the future of the Canadian Velvet Audioslave? Well, Turner and Edwin had the good sense to jump ship when their former bands lost their edge, and Burroughs was offered (and turned down) the drummer's throne for Pearl Jam, so the musical abilities are there - let's hope the chemistry is too. Whatever the result, when the album drops, my ears will be perked, for the nostalgia factor at the very least, but maybe Canada's first '90s supergroup will plant a "Starseed" at "The Bazaar" for all those kids who "Used to Be Alright."