Eric's Trip

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Eric's Trip
Eric's Trip live in 2006.
Eric's Trip live in 2006.
Background information
Also known asStereo Mountain
OriginMoncton, New Brunswick
GenresIndie rock, noise pop, alternative rock, grunge[1]
Years active1990–1996, 2001, 2006–present
LabelsSub Pop, Sappy, Great Beyond, Sonic Unyon, Murderecords, Squirtgun Records
MembersRick White
Julie Doiron
Chris Thompson
Mark Gaudet
Past membersEd 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.[2] The band had a minor hit in alternative circles with the single "View Master", from the 1994 album Forever Again.


Eric's Trip formed in 1990 when musicians Rick White and Chris Thompson joined Julie Doiron and Ed Vaughan (who was later replaced by Mark Gaudet). They took their name from a Sonic Youth song[3] and developed a unique sound which fused elements of the distorted guitar of Dinosaur Jr., vocal elements of My Bloody Valentine, the folk leanings of Neil Young, and the lo-fi aesthetic of Sebadoh. White described their sound as "sappy melodic pop music on top of thick distortion." Gaudet's description was more succinct: "dreamy punk".[citation needed]

The band released their first album, Love Tara, in 1993.[4]

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

Eric's Trip went on indefinite hiatus in 1996 and reunited in 2001. They played at the Sappy Records Festival in Sackville, New Brunswick from 2006-2009.[5][6] In 2010 both White and Doiron played separate sets at SappyFest.[7][8] Eric's Trip also played a series of shows in 2007, including a show at the 2007 Halifax Pop Explosion.[9] A two-disc CD tribute album, titled Songs For Eric: A Tribute to Eric's Trip featuring Eric's Trip songs covered by artists influenced by the band, released by Gooseberry Rcords, in April 2009.[10]

Doiron currently has a successful solo career; in 1999, she recorded the album Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars with the Ottawa band Wooden Stars, which won a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album of the Year,[11] and from 2003 to 2007 she performed with Shotgun & Jaybird. White and Gaudet played in Elevator until 2009, when White announces the bands dissolution at that years SappyFest.[12] Since then, White has also released three solo albums under the name Rick White Album, The Rick White Album, Memoreaper and 137 during, and after Elevator. Gaudet currently plays in the heavy metal band Funeral Fog.[13] Thompson enjoyed some fame as Moon Socket, and currently plays in The Memories Attack with Ron Bates of Moncton band Orange Glass, as well as the band Diamondtown.[14]

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.


  • Julie Doiron – bass, guitar, vocals
  • Chris Thompson – guitar, bass, drums, vocals
  • Rick White – vocals, guitar
  • Ed Vaughan – drums (1990–1991)
  • Mark Gaudet – drums, vocals (1991–present)



  • Eric's Trip cassette (Independent) – Dec 1990
  • Catapillars EP cassette (Independent) – Apr 1991
  • Drowning EP cassette (Independent) – Aug 1991
  • Warm Girl cassette (Independent) – Jan 1992
  • Belong 7-inch EP (NIM) – Apr 1992
  • Peter cassette/CD (Murderecords), LP (Sub Pop Germany) – Apr 1993
  • Songs About Chris 7-inch EP (4 songs) / CD5 (6 songs) (Sub Pop) – May 1993
  • Julie and the Porthole to Dimentia 7-inch EP (One solo track by each of the four members) (Sappy Records) – Jul 1993
  • Trapped In New York 7-inch EP (Summershine Records) – 1993
  • Warm Girl 7-inch EP (Derivative) – 1993
  • The Gordon Street Haunting 7-inch EP / CD5 (Sub Pop) – May 1994
  • The Road South 7-inch EP (Sonic Unyon) – Aug 1995


Live Albums[edit]

  • The Eric's Trip Show live CD (Teenage USA) – 2001[15]
  • Live in Concert November 4th, 2001 live CD (Great Beyond) – 2001
  • Live at The Esquire May 1995 live archival digital streaming release (no label) – January 2020
  • Live in Montreal - March 16th, 1993 live archival digital streaming release (no label) – October 2022[16]


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


  • "Sickness" featured on Naked in the Marsh 10-inch 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-inch 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
  • "Universe" featured on The Boys Club Soundtrack - 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)


  • Bootleg (No Label) – 2007
  • Eric's Trip Demos (92-95) - 2023[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barclay, Michael; Schneider, Jason; Jack, Ian. Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press, 2011
  2. ^ Seattle Times Another two Atlantic Canadian bands, Jale and The Hardship Post, were signed to Sub Pop in subsequent years.
  3. ^ "Throwaway Style: What A Ride!". 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  4. ^ "25 best Canadian debut albums ever". CBC Music, June 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Archived 2007-12-30 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "SappyFest Line Up 2009". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  7. ^ "SappyFest day 1 - July 30th, 2010 in Sackville, NB".
  8. ^ "SappyFest Day 3 - August 1st, 2010 in Sackville, NB".
  9. ^ Solarski, Matthew (2007-08-01). "Eric's Trip Reunite (Again), Tour Canada". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
  10. ^ "Eric's Trip Tribute Album Out This Month | Exclaim!".
  11. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Murray, 2017, p.100
  13. ^ "Funeral Fog - 13th Moon". Discogs. 2022.
  14. ^ "Diamondtown". Diamondtown.
  15. ^ "CD REVIEWS: Eric's Trip, Corrosion Of Conformity, Arling & Cameron and many more"[usurped]. Chart Attack, August 07, 2001. review by J A Moussadji
  16. ^ "ERic's TRIP live Montreal (Mar.93), by Rick White Archive".
  17. ^ "RICK WHITE - Eric's Trip Demos (92-95), by Rick White Archive".

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