The Electric Era is a three-piece indie rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. Their self-proclaimed Antipodean Anti-gloss Pop has been compared to seminal New Zealand bands such as The Clean, The Chills and The Verlaines, as well as English acts The Smiths and The Cure. They also claim David Bowie, Joy Division, Wire and Magazine as their sonic godfathers.
The Electric Era started in 2004 as a cute, little puppy project to archive the many written but unrecorded songs Karsten Schwardt had collected over the past two decades. While recording the old tunes, Karsten started writing new material as well, and soon looked to the Internet to give his creations some legs. Three albums were released this way between 2005 and 2009.
In late 2009, Karsten put together a live line-up to mark the release of album number three, unwittingly creating a monster. While feeding on live (and dead) audiences around Auckland, NZ over the next two years, a few line-up changes ensued, more new material was recorded and released, and a growing fan base showed their appreciation for the ear-watering indie-beast on offer.
In 2012, The Electric Era did a 9-date tour of Germany with the current line-up of Leal Butler on bass and Anna Monteith on drums. Trying to come to terms with this life-changing cultural experience, a fourth, cathartic album named 'Sand Dunes and Bird Song' was released in August 2014.