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The Modules, Spade The Shovelhead and Mitch Greir at Vangelis
October 23, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
The Modules began in 1999 as a collaboration between the brothers Dahlen (Corey and Andee), who switched off playing guitar and drums, as well as their friend Vince on bass. They played their first show at the Animal Farm (long before it became Walker’s). The second band that played that night was Classick Skin, who would end up disbanding and reforming as Adolyne a few years later. The Modules played a few shows in Saskatoon’s local scene, and then hopped on a plane for a 4-year tour of Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Despite having not even recorded a CD, sheer word of mouth raised so much hype about the band, that every show they played in Asia was sold out. They even played Singapore, and delivered a blistering set to the 50,000+ crowd in attendance. They headlined many festivals in Europe, including Pukkelpop and the Roskilde festival. Their tour of Australia brought them huge fame and fortune down under, and in fact their legendary performance at the Sydney Opera House has caused the Australian government to consider renaming the famous venue as “The Modules Opera House”.
Unfortunately, when the band arrived in Japan, something terrible and unmentionable happened, and Vince left the band and the tour with all their money. Broke and tired, Andee and Corey made their way back to Saskatoon.
Corey played a short stint with The Junior Pantherz, where he played with drummer Terry Mattson. Meanwhile, Andee joined Morally Sound as their bass player, recorded an album with them, and played many shows locally and across Canada. After Corey left the JPz, The Modules reformed with Terry on drums, and Andee and Corey sharing guitar and bass duties, while both sang. They recorded the album “Modular Forms” and released it at their first show in quite a while, at the Wash ‘n Slosh in 2003. The album was released in a variety of colours, including green, brown, pink/red, blue, and grey.
Although not common, the band played multiple shows over the next 2 years. Andee and Corey both left their respective bands. They released another album, “10 to 1, it’s a dame or a drink.”, which was limited to 18 copies. After both albums sold out, they re-released both albums on one disc. Although somewhat hard to find in Saskatoon, this re-release went gold in most of South America, and has reached platinum status in Australia, Europe, Brazil, and Russia. Unfortunately, due to the “Toxic Twins” being quite stoned at the time, Andee and Corey misread the record deal and found that they only earned 1/1000th of a penny every time they sold an album.
And after 10 years they return to the stage to celebrate Corey’s birthday and Rock and Roll.