Attention Fans of Canadian 80s Synth-Pop: Rational Youth to Reunite

When they started up in the summer of 1981, Rational Youth was one of this country’s first synth-pop bands.  They had a good initial run with a series of singles, building a fan base in Canada and (of all places) Sweden.  Inevitably, things went a little fallow, leading to the band going on an indefinite hiatus in 2001.

But then a strange thing happened during a home renovation.  Some performances from 1983 were discovered on cassette along with reel-to-reels of demos and solo noodlings.  This led to a limited run of cassettes (!!!) through an indie label Called Nachos! Records and later a CD release of gigs from Ottawa and Winnipeg on Artoffact.  On the docket is a five-LP vinyl box set and a limited vinyl re-release of the 1999 album, To the Goddess Electricity, both of which are due in the spring.

The only thing to do now is play some live dates.  There are two scheduled for Canada so far:

January 10, 2014:  Montreal at Casa del Popolo

January 18, 2014:  Ottawa at Zaphod Beeblebrox

From there, it’s off to Sweden for three shows.  More details fan be found here and at the band’s Facebook page.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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