VICKI ARNDT – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod opens its doors Thursday, March 20 to an evening of laughter, energy and music with Canada’s trio of musical funny men.
The Arrogant Worms released their 14th album “Space” in March, paving the way to an album release tour loaded with music and lyrics composed and recorded to poke fun at day-to-day aspects of Canadian life and musical genres.
The Empress Theatre show starts at 7:30 p.m.
These musical comedians form an unconventional folk band.
They describe themselves as “purveyors of the absurd and ambassadors of fun” and include the talents of Mike McCormick on guitar and vocals, Chris Patterson on bass and vocals and Trevor Strong on vocals.
The Worms released their first “Space” single, “Local Politician,” on Jan. 28. The song was written to poke fun at Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
“Space” promises to once again generate laughter and smiles while looking at the funnier side of Canadian life.
“From the pain of not fitting in, in ‘Vance the Vegetarian Zombie,’ to the horror of mucous in ‘River of Snot,’ the Arrogant Worms once again tackle the issues no one else could be bothered with,” Strong said.
“Thank You” is light-hearted and fun, and showcases multiple supporter name mentions of those who donated to the Indiegogo Space funding campaign at the Winnebago $299 level.
The “Thank You” song was recorded in one take and sponsors received a digital pre-release copy of the song. A request for The Arrogant Worms to perform the song during a live “Space” performance can be made by those mentioned in the song.
“They make you laugh,” Empress Theatre Society president Dianna Wakelin said. “It’s just fun and a lot of energy.”
Their unique style of Canadian patriotism, clever on-stage bantering and musical talent has generated more than 20 years of Worms-designed entertainment.
“The Arrogant Worms have toured longer than Justin Bieber has been alive,” Strong noted.
North America, Australia and the United Kingdom tours and a multitude of independent tracks have been a result of this trio’s popular comedic style.
Last seen on the Empress stage during two packed shows in 2008, The Arrogant Worms have since released “Hindsight 20/20” on the Fontana North label in December 2010. This greatest hits album is comprised of 20 of their most popular songs spanning 20 years.
Songs on the album include “I Am Cow,” “Me Like Hockey,” “The Happy Happy Birthday Song” and a dance club remix of “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” along with other all-time hits.
The initial band formed in 1990 at Queens University in Kingston, Ont. where the members were studying.
Then composed of Strong, McCormick, John Whytock and Steve Wood, they had occasionally written songs for the university campus radio station. More ideas followed resulting in the formation of The Arrogant Worms.
The group received a positive response to their first live performance in Kingston. Having found their niche, they were soon discovered by CBC radio who gave them continuous airplay.
In 1992 the band released its first album on its own independent label. Songs like “Jesus’ Brother Bob” and “Don’t Go Into Politics” garnered huge success.
Another hit “Carrot Juice Is Murder” followed in 1994 on the “Russell’s Shorts” album, which was followed by the release of “C’est Cheese” in 1995.
Tickets are available through the Empress Theatre administration office at 1-800-540-9229 or www.empresstheatre.ab.ca.