North Side Sound / E.R.I.E.
Come on out this Saturday for some tunes and brews
9PM // $10 // Funk-Rock-Alternative-Allthegoodstuff
NorthSideSound – Pauly Graves (lead vox, guitar) Kasey Hogan (guitar), AJ Farina (bass) and Todd “Toddy” Friedman (drums) – is a band from Albany, NY that enjoys the little things in life. Band whiskey tastings, improvised Guns N’ Roses covers at practice and Coors Light filled karaoke nights. A young band breaking into the music scene one day at a time.
With the first single “Five” out the band plans on recording and releasing many more to come. With a mix of Rock, Indie, Reggae and Funk there’s a mix of something for everyone and all are encouraged to listen in.
Hailing from New York’s vibrant Capital Region, rock outfit E.R.I.E. debuts with “Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die” on Mint 400 Records. The eleven-song full-length takes a contemporary approach to some familiar musical landscapes and gives them new life. Combining addictive progressions with alternative undertones, the record boasts an anthemic pop-rock aesthetic, with the integrity of an early 2000’s basement or VFW hall.
The project was born out of a tumultuous experience which resulted in an unexpected three-day stint at the hospital. Late one night, after Foster’s heart stopped for 15 seconds on his bathroom floor, he found himself on a hospital bed preparing for emergency surgery. Fighting existential introspection and difficult questions helped lay the foundation for E.R.I.E., a mnemonic representation of his daughter’s names.
“Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die” was written and recorded at home by Foster (ex-The Cast Before The Break) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer, Mike Kalajian. In order to fulfill the live lineup, Matt Delgado and Chad Flewwelling were recruited on guitar and drums respectively, as was longtime collaborator Jordan Stewart on bass.
With a refreshed writing and lyrical approach – focused on healing rather than self-cynicism – “Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die” takes you on an all too relatable journey through the questioning of self, struggles with mental health, and the ever-present challenge of making the most of our time here.