Rock'n'Roll is saved -
By Andrea Chiu
Static in Stereo to the rescue
Gazette File Photo
I’D RATHER DO IT WHEN WE FEEL LIKE DOING IT.”
Static in Stereo’s Todd Kerns explains why lovers of his music had
to wait so long.
At first glance, Todd Kerns fits the rock star stereotype.
His tall, relaxed figure has the dyed hair, the jewelry, the clothing
and the tired look one would expect. In this case, his “tired look” has
been caused by extensive promotion of his band, Static in Stereo.
Although he fits the physical description of a stereotypical rock star,
Kerns is devoid of the stereotypical bad-ass attitude that generally goes
with it. In fact, he's polite and friendly during a lunch hour interview
at a busy downtown pub, where we sit in the non-smoking section and sip
Formerly the frontman of Age of Electric, Kerns has found a new musical
home with his two brothers, John and Ryan, and drummer Scotty McCargar.
As a quartet, they've just released their self-titled, debut album.
When asked why the time between Age of Electric and Static In Stereo
has been so long, Kerns says he has used the time as a period of reflection,
resisting the pressure to perform publicly.
“I'd rather do it when we feel like doing it,” he says. “We made the
album with a more honest and clear vision.”
Since its creation, Static In Stereo has sought to revolutionize rock
n' roll in a way that recognizes their earlier influences. “The idea of
the futuristic look on the [album] artwork is kind of funny because it's
sort of more representative of the fact that our roots may be from the
'60s and '70s,” Kerns explains.
“It wasn't until after we made [the album] that we felt strongly about
it and said, 'this is different' and it's a pretty good dose of rock and
The sound Static In Stereo aims for is not necessarily of one kind.
Kerns just wants to make good rock n' roll — something he thinks the music
industry is lacking. “All other genres are wide-open, except good rock
n' roll,” he says.
Kerns has said in the past this record is the band's attempt to save
rock n' roll by making an original album. However, some may consider the
fact that Static in Stereowas created with the aid of some of Canadian
Music's most popular figures, contradicts the bands aim for a distinct
The album was produced by Steven Drake, (producer for the Odds, 54-40
and The Tragically Hip,) mixed by Nick Blagona and the Tea Party's Jeff
Martin, (whom also co-wrote and sang background vocals for the song, “Super
Drop”) and includes some tracks co-written by Matthew Good.
Kerns defends these collaborations by explaining he's simply working
with good friends and the mix of musicians only serves to create a unique
new sound. “What Static in Stereo does is odd because every band, whether
it's The Tea Party or the Matthew Good Band, even if you took the same
song, everyone's going to have their own sound,” he suggests.
Saving rock n' roll is no small task, especially for a relatively new
Canadian band, but setting high goals while remaining realistic is important
to Kerns and his bandmates.
“I want to focus further. Age of Electric was always just scratching
the surface at getting overseas or in the States — it was always very frustrating,”
Kerns recalls. “But at the end of the day, if you end up releasing records
in this country and that's it — well, that's the way it is. The idea is
to take it further — as far as possible.”
While attempting to save the music industry and rock n' roll may seem
pretentious, Kerns feels he is just aiming to raise the bar and experiment.
“For me, it's like, I'm just gonna try and do something different, fuck
it,” he jokes. “It's really just music, it's just rock and roll.”
And with that, Todd Kerns was gone — taken away by the publicist to
dine with some radio guys. How very rock starish.
Static In Stereo's self-titled album is available in stores now and
watch for a tour later this summer.