ERIE to perform at Albany Distilling Co. on June 19
ALBANY — ERIE has had its fair share of bad breaks during the pandemic.
When the four-piece — comprised of TJ Foster, Matt Delgado, Jordan Stewart and Chad Flewwelling — released its much-anticipated debut album last March, Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die seemed like it was the perfect way to introduce the world to the lads who categorize themselves as “not your dad’s dad rock.”
And it was, really. However, coronavirus had different plans.
ERIE was unable to promote Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die with live shows for over 15 months. The band was signed to Mint 400 Records last August, which garnered it a second release of its debut; a second chance to make the first impression it so desperately deserved.
Now, five calendar seasons later, ERIE is back on the road. After a Memorial Day weekend performance at Argyle Brewing, ERIE will perform at Albany Distilling Co. on Saturday, June, 19, at 6 p.m. The show is considered its “Father’s Day celebration” and is free to all, however the band gives kudos if dad fans show up sporting the best of dad attire and attitudes.
“We’ve been hammering everything out, making sure everything sounds good after being forced to sit on this material for a bit,” Flewwelling, ERIE’s drummer, said. “We want to see people moving as much as they can; while guests won’t be able to move from their seats, we want to see some energy from the crowd.”
The emergence of live shows also allows ERIE to head down to Mint 400’s neck of the woods. The New Jersey-based label boasts over 500 acts to its name, and Foster said the team is extremely dedicated to showing its bands national stages.
“We actually will be meeting the guy who signed us at the end of the month, which will be amazing,” Foster added. “It feels like we’ve been signed a lot longer than we have because we consider the team at Mint 400 and our labelmates as family.”
Stewart, ERIE’s bassist, said the upcoming “mini-tour” (which is the accumulation of several independent shows tightly scheduled together) is exciting after not being able to promote the album. While most acts are granted a release party and are able to perform the new music for a good chunk of time — even a large-scale tour — ERIE was jipped out of the entire experience through no fault of its own.
“I think maybe 10 people have heard these songs live,” Stewart added. “So it will be nice to actually play the album and have the experience of playing these songs in front of living, breathing people.”
The band added Foster has cranked out about three albums’ worth of material during the lockdown. It teased the showcasing of some unfinished originals, using the audience as a feeler for what direction the next album should take. If the audience digs the new tunes, it tells the men the snippets of audio they’ve been sharing to their Google Drive are going in the right direction.
“In the past year, we really did make the best of the situation we had,” Delgado, ERIE’s guitarist, concluded. “We had a show at Albany Distilling Co. last year where three-quarters of the band was playing, and then when we signed with the label, we had our virtual show at The Linda. In the muck of what last year was, we all can say we engaged with our fanbase in the best way we could.”
To keep up with ERIE, follow it on Instagram at @abandcallederie.