Eric's Trip

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For the song "Eric's Trip" by Sonic Youth, see Daydream Nation.
Eric's Trip
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Eric's Trip live in 2006.
Background information
Also known as Stereo Mountain
Origin Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Genres Indie rock, noise pop, alternative rock, grunge
Years active 1990–1996, 2001, 2006–present
Labels Sub Pop, Sappy, Great Beyond, Sonic Unyon, Murderecords
Associated acts Elevator
Members Rick White
Julie Doiron
Chris Thompson
Mark Gaudet
Past members Ed Vaughan

Eric's Trip is a Canadian indie rock band from Moncton, New Brunswick. Eric's Trip achieved prominence as the first Canadian band to be signed to Seattle's flagship grunge label Sub Pop in the early 1990s.[1] The band had a minor hit in alternative circles with the single "Viewmaster", from 1994's Forever Again.

History[edit]

Eric's Trip formed in 1990 when musicians Rick White and Chris Thompson of The Forest joined Julie Doiron and Ed Vaughan (who was later replaced by Mark Gaudet of Purple Knight). They took their name from a Sonic Youth song[2] and emulated the distorted guitar of Dinosaur Jr., the folk leanings of Neil Young, and the lo-fi aesthetic of Sebadoh. Rick White described their sound as "sappy melodic pop music on top of thick distortion." Gaudet's description was more succinct: "dreamy punk".[citation needed]

Julie Doiron plays with Eric's Trip in Saskatoon, 2001

The band broke up in 1996, reunited in 2001, and played at the Sappy Records Festival in Sackville, New Brunswick from 2006-2009.[3][4] In 2010 both White and Doiron played separate sets at SappyFest.[5][6] Eric's Trip also played a series of shows in 2007, including a show at the 2007 Halifax Pop Explosion.[7]

Julie Doiron currently has a successful solo career; in 1999, she recorded an album Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars with the Ottawa band Wooden Stars which won a Juno award for best album of the year,[8] and from 2003 to 2007 she performed with Shotgun & Jaybird. Rick White and Mark Gaudet play in Elevator, and White has also released three solo albums under the name Rick White Album, The Rick White Album, Memoreaper and 137. Chris Thompson enjoyed some fame as Moon Socket, and currently plays in The Memories Attack with Ron Bates of Moncton band Orange Glass.

White produced Doiron's solo albums Woke Myself Up (2007) and I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day (2009). Woke Myself Up features three tracks on which the entire Eric's Trip lineup contributed to the recording, their first studio collaboration since the band's 1996 breakup, while I Can Wonder has been described by critics as directly revisiting the sound and style of Eric's Trip for the first time in Doiron's solo career.

Personnel[edit]

Discography[edit]

EPs/cassettes[edit]

Albums[edit]

Splits[edit]

  • "Laying Blame" b/w Stove-Smother Split 7" with Sloan (Cinnamon Toast Records) – 1994
  • Pillow (Red) b/w Payday and Don't Spook the Horse... Split 7" with Moviola (metoo! records) – 1996

Compilations[edit]

  • "Sickness" featured on Naked in the Marsh 10" Compilation of Moncton bands, 500 copies on green vinyl (NIM) – 1991
  • "Understanding" featured on Raw Energy CD Compilation (Raw Energy Records) – 1993
  • "Blue Sky for Julie/Smother" featured on Never Mind the Molluscs East Coast Compilation Double 7" set/CD (Sub Pop) – 1993
  • "Blue Sky for Julie/Smother" featured on Sub Pop Employee of the Month Compilation CD/LP (Sub Pop) – 1993
  • "Laying Blame" featured on Trim Crusts if Desired East Coast CD Compilation (Cinnamon Toast Records) – 1994
  • "Evie" featured on Not If I Smell You First CD Compilation (Sonic Unyon) – Aug 1995
  • "If You Don't Want Me" featured on Teenage Zit Rock Angst Compilation LP/CD/8-track (Nardwuar the Human Serviette/Mint Records) – 1995
  • "So Easier Last Time" featured on More of Our Stupid Noise - Squirtgun Records - 1996
  • "New Love" (remix) & "We're Only Gonna Die" (live in Montreal '94) featured on "The Stareoscopic Scary Show - An Audiological View Of

Moncton N.B." (No label, SSSCD 197-2, released independently by Rick White)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seattle Times Another two Atlantic Canadian bands, Jale and The Hardship Post, were signed to Sub Pop in subsequent years.
  2. ^ "Throwaway Style: What A Ride!". Throwawaystyle.blogspot.com. 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ Pitchforkmedia.com
  4. ^ "SappyFest Line Up 2009". Sappyrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ Too Much Rock coverage of SappyFest 7/30/10
  6. ^ Too Much Rock coverage of SappyFest 8/1/10
  7. ^ Solarski, Matthew (2007-08-01). "Eric's Trip Reunite (Again), Tour Canada". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]

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