Eric has been at it for over four years by himself, but he added a drummer and keyboardist to the lineup for his latest record, Impeccable Blahs. His mellow, relatively monotone voice seems like it would make for unappealing pop songs. But he pulls it off with catchy riffs and amusing lyrics (about killing cats, vampires, and robot-love) to make unique, memorable tunes. I caught him after the show for a few hard-hitting questions.
Any cool, interesting tour stories?
Eric: It's sort of been your run-of-the-mill rock tour. We blew out a tire in Texas, which is the first time this has happened to this band. It was relatively painless.
I didn't actually experience it, but Loni the merch girl and the Chris the drummer, after our show in Los Angeles, got accosted by a really gross prostitute who proceeded to take off all of her clothes and rub her breasts against the car window. We actually got a video tape of that.
What inspires you as a musician?
Eric: I like when people work hard, which is one of the reasons I ended up moving to New York City and one of the reasons I love working and making records there. Because that city, I think, more so than any other place I've been is full of good artists who just work their butt off all day long. It forces you to do the same instead of sit around procrastinating all day. Girls inspire me too.
Of course! What are your favorite, life-changing live shows?
Eric: I saw Built to Spill on the Keep It Like A Secret Tour at the Roxy in Los Angeles and that was an absolutely amazing show. Radiohead at Madison Square Garden. I ended up getting really great seats to that. I saw Broken Social Scene at the Mercury Lounge, which is like a 200-capacity room, and it was just as they were getting the big buzz. But there was just something about the first time I saw them in that setting that was pretty mind blowing.
How many times does a question have to be asked to get on your F.A.Q.?
[Laughter] It isn't really a matter of the number of times asked, it's more of how irritating it is. And to be completely honest, I'd say 75 percent of those have never been asked. They are just me goofing around. It's funny though. That part of the website really is just one big joke, but I find that people are afraid of me because of it. They will come up to me at shows and come up with all the reasons from the FAQ why they aren't supposed to be talking to me. But I hope that most of my friends can attest to the fact that I'm just your normal, nice dude.