For a band that was dreamt up in a hospital bed, indie-rock quartet E.R.I.E. certainly has a lot of life in them. After emergency heart surgery in the Fall of 2018, TJ Foster spent the following year writing and recording Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die in an attempt to not only reflect on the harrowing ordeals that brought him to that hospital room, but also to get back to his roots as a songwriter.
And while that March 2020 debut effectively highlighted a greatly personal, existential struggle with both mental and physical health, second LP Suburban Mayhem arrives with grander scope and vision. The album, released April 7th via Mint 400 Records, turns its focus externally, commenting vividly on the outside forces burrowing into our brains on a daily basis. It’s a resplendent examination of the world around us, rife with equal parts cynicism, wit and hope. Featuring pitch-perfect collaborations with Brooklyn-based dream-pop trio ALMA, and fellow Albany, NY area songwriter Sydney Worthley, the record showcases a band not only finding their footing, but settling into a signature sound.
The four members of E.R.I.E. - guitarist Matt Delgado, drummer Chad Flewwelling and bassist Levi Jennes, alongside Foster - spent most of 2022 self-recording their sophomore full-length, yielding 12 nostalgia-tinged songs tailormade for turning the dial to 11. Suburban Mayhem further lends credence to the frequent comparisons to The Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner and The Get Up Kids that the band has garnered, with “crunching guitars, catchy choruses and a down-to-earth, working-class vibe that recalls modern heartland punk rock…” (Daily Gazette).
All the while, E.R.I.E. has solidified themselves as one of the most reliable and entertaining live acts in the Capital Region's vibrant music scene. With every performance brimming with energy, vulnerability and appreciation, the band is “a class act with lots of passion and a great chemistry, making them very easy to cheer for…” (Nippertown). Recently, the band was voted "Favorite Alt/Indie Artist" at the 2023 Listen Up! Awards, and is currently nominated for "Best Rock/Pop Artist" at the 2023 Eddie's. Let the mayhem commence.
PRAISE FOR SUBURBAN MAYHEM
"A veritable tour-de-force of musicianship, lyricism and songwriting..."
"An epic indie-rock, Americana scorcher..."
-- Rebel Noise
"Frothing and humming with surging punk-pop dynamics, E.R.I.E. punches out waves of infectious momentum..."
"Suburban Mayhem boldly grapples with contemporary fears that plague us all..."
-- The Rodeo
"12 catchy, nostalgic tracks with crunchy guitars and sing-along choruses..."
-- Music Crowns
"Heartland rock that speaks from the heart..."
"Overall, an ambitious big record that at moments even has some Springsteen qualities to it..."
"There's a throwback feel, likely to resonate with anyone who's formed a band in their garage with friends..."
-- Chad's mom
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