Marc Eric is on a mission to keep blues rock alive with his fifth album, They. The accomplished musician, who is based in Austin, TX after spending 25 years in LA and six in Nashville, has an album that “scratches that itch we all have for that soulful classic rock vinyl sound.” Written and produced by Eric, They was recorded in Austin and features an array of musicians including two music heavyweights and former band members still living in Nashville.
The album’s first two tracks, “Spaceman” and “No Money No More,” feature pounding drums and percussion by Jason Aldean’s Rich Redmond and rumbling bass by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright. Both of these tracks are hard hitting and would fit in perfectly with the classic rock radio format. Both are contenders as an official first single.
The slower, more thought provoking “The Coming Days” is also a big contender for becoming a single. Opening with a synthesizer intro, the acoustic, faith based track will put anyone, believer or not, on their toes. “She talks to God on the highest hill about the coming days” Eric sings in the chorus with other variations throughout. The video, seen below, is also haunting and cryptic, but very effective.
Throughout They, Eric channels his guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix and his famous Wah sound. Some of the most obvious uses of the Wah are in “Let It Come Down” and “Throw Down The Party.” “Let It Come Down” is a slow blues jam that features an electric guitar and vocals before building when the drums enter. A couple of solo spots feature Eric’s bluesy licks. “Throw Down The Party” is a fast paced heavy rocker that will give concertgoers a chance to let loose and party hard. The track features Hendrix signature start and stop technique with catching guitar riffs and drum fills throughout.
Another notable track is “Alive,” a straight forward rocker that is more in the vein of the Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd than Hendrix. The song shows off Eric’s blues chops in a few solo spots and could also be a good single.
Those unfamiliar with Eric may be surprised to know that he has co-written and played guitar on Graham Bonnet’s “The Day I Went Mad” which also features Slash, Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell and Jeff Beck’s Tim Bogert. His music video for “Yesterdays” was included as DVD extras on the movie High Roller. He also has an impressive list of TV songwriting credits that include Joan of Arcadia and Judging Amy. He has performed with Jimi Hendrix’s Billy Cox, Kid Rock’s Kenny Olson, Warrant, Savoy Brown and many other notable acts.
Despite having just released They, Eric is already working on his sixth album. This time, the album will feature his new band members, Don Denham on bass and Evan Prieto on drums. One track has already been recorded, but no release date has been set.
If blues and classic rock are your thing, then Marc Eric is the artist for you. A throwback sound to a throwback era, Eric’s music is sure to take you back to a time you can (or probably can’t) remember all the fun you had! Pick up They digitally at Amazon and iTunes and add it to your collection, for sure.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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