© 2008 Annalee Harkins, Crumble & Glow

© 2008 Annalee Harkins, Crumble & Glow

A Varied Aesthetic

Eric spent his high school years playing in classic rock, alternative, and punk bands, the most notable of which, The Roadside Graves, are still active and continue to gain popularity and critical acclaim. Eric played lead guitar, dobro, and slide guitar, and it was then that he learned how to play in a group, orchestrate a song, and develop specific parts. Because of the band's varied aesthetic, he also began to glean how to play in a tasteful manner that suited each song appropriately. (Some of his former bandmates have gone on to join the influential avant-garde Philadelphia-based group, Man Man.  Super cool.)

While at Berklee College of Music, Eric joined up with the crew of Apollo Sunshine, then called “Cash,” and did two East Coast tours as well as a good bit of recording. In that project, the songs were more complex, often with interweaving lead guitars, three part vocal harmonies, tempo shifts, and intricate, genre-crossing song forms.  

When Eric re-located to the Triangle in 2002, he met back up with his high school best friend and Roadside Graves bandmate, Joe Romeo, and formed Fake Swedish, a locally renowned retro-rock act that incorporated elements of 60’s garage rock, psychedelia, and blues to create memorable songs with interesting lyrics. They released one EP and one self-titled record on Demonbeach Records; 2005’s “Get Correct.”

Once in the Triangle, Eric had the opportunity to work with the gentlemen of the Bu Hanan Collective, contributing to David Karsten Daniels 2007 release; Sharp Teeth. He also worked with the collective to record The Physics of Meaning’s Snake Charmer and Destiny at the Stroke of Midnight.

From 2006 on, Eric spent much time collaborating with Brice Randall Bickford in his band The Strugglers. With the Strugglers, Eric appeared on WUNC’s “The State of Things,” toured Spain, France, and Portugal, and played at the Tanned Tin Festival in Madrid. He also played guitar, pedal steel, and wrote arrangements on The Strugglers' Latest Rights as well as Bickford's self-titled LP.

Other projects since 2006 have included recording pedal steel on Mount Moriah’s self-titled album, playing drums in Lilac Shadows, and recording pedal steel on Gasoline Stove's Vultures on the Mainframe. He also recorded pedal steel on Darksongs 2, the latest record from Jeremy Benson of the Roadside Graves.  

Currently Eric sits in with both Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark as well as Birds and Arrows. He writes songs and plays regularly with a newly-reformed Fake Swedish and plays lead guitar with The Outboards.