Welcome to Indigenous in Music! This week Larry welcomes back from Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Brandon Baker. He is the lead guitarist of Electric Religious, and today we are debuting his first single entitled “Catherine” off his soon to be released album “Tragic Lover.” Find out all about him on his homepage at www.ElectricReligious.com.
Music from Electric Religious, Jace Martin, Jimmy Lee Young, Samian, Emmanuel Alias, Ana Tijoux, JB the First Lady, Mob Bounce, Cody Coyote, Midnight Sparrows, The Northstars, Justinsayne N8V, Crown Lands, Crystal Shawanda, Janel Munoa, JD VonFang, DJ Shub, Boogat, G Precious, Eadse, Stolen Identity, Angel Baribeau, Tracy Lee Nelson, Eagle & Hawk, Gajanas, Iceis Rain, The Sober Junkie, nehiyawak and much much more.
Our interview is 30 minutes into the show, hour 1…..Enjoy!
Electric Religious is the project of Edmonton-based Métis singer-songwriter, Brandon Baker, whose guitar-driven music has been described as “bursting with inspiration, insight, and hope.” Deeply influenced by the psychedelic sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Baker took his moniker from a Hendrix quote: “When I get up on stage, that’s my whole life. That’s my religion. My music is electric church music. I am electric religion.”
The debut Electric Religious album, Yeah, Yeah, No (2018) featured the single “Revolution,” which achieved a coveted spot in the CBC Searchlight Top 100 in 2019, and spent multiple weeks at #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown.
Electric Religious easily found a home among Canada’s lush movement of feel-good guitar pop. “Think Mother Mother and the Stars coming together… ‘Revolution’ hits the ground running, weaving capricious guitar, solid rhythms and anthemic lyrics. There are plenty of twists, turns & genre bending moments… Suffice it to say Yeah, Yeah, No is fit to be played on the radio and very loudly” (Edmonton Muse).
Electric Religious has performed for audiences as large as 50,000 during the opening ceremonies for Red Bull Crashed Ice 2015 in Edmonton, which was broadcast to over 1.7 million viewers over network television and live YouTube streams.
In late 2019, Baker began recording demos for his sophomore release, titled Tragic Lover, at Velveteen Audio in Edmonton, Alberta. Working with JUNO-nominated producer, Brad Simons (Nuela Charles – Adult Contemporary Album of the Year), Baker’s collection of seven new songs demonstrate his keen-eyed ability to unite themes of displacement, hope, inter-generational trauma, and healing in his songwriting. Tragic Lover will be released in the fall of 2021.