|Born||March 7, 1985|
|Genres||progressive rock, post-hardcore, mathcore, math rock|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums|
|Labels||Equal Vision, Lujo, Razor & Tie|
|Associated acts||The Fall of Troy, Chiodos, Just Like Vinyl, The 30 Years War, The Monday Mornings|
Thomas Erak is an American musician from Mukilteo, Washington, best known as a founding member of the Seattle-based progressive rock band, The Fall of Troy and as a former member of the band Chiodos.
Early life and youth career
Erak attended Kamiak High School and graduated in 2003. While there, he met fellow Fall of Troy member Andrew Forsman while participating in the Kamiak Show Band drumline. Along with classmates Mike Munro and Tim Ward, they formed a band The 30 Years War. Munro left the band during their late high school years, and in 2003 the remaining members renamed the band to The Fall of Troy.
The Fall of Troy
After forming in 2003, while in high school, the band released their first album through Lujo Records. Erak remained with the band until their 2010 hiatus, and joined again in 2013 when the band announced its reunion.
He left Chiodos on December 9, 2014 to focus on the next The Fall of Troy album.
Following the 2010 breakup of The Fall of Troy, Erak formed the band Just Like Vinyl. He also spent a brief period of time as the drummer for The Monday Mornings. Forsman replaced him when he left. In early 2015, Erak performed with instrumental progressive rock band Chon at SXSW for Audiotree, and played a variety of songs from The Fall of Troy, Just Like Vinyl, and a cover of Nirvanas 'Heart Shaped Box'. It is expected to be a one off performance, exclusive to the Audiotree showcase.
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- Lentz, Andrew. "Andrew Forsman: Young Prog Warrior". Drum Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- Whitt, Cassie. "Chiodos officially welcome Thomas Erak to the band". Alternative Press. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- Heisel, Scott. "Interview: Thomas Erak on roller skating mishaps, karaoke dreams and (maybe) joining Chiodos". Alternative Press. Retrieved 1 May 2014.