With the release of their debut full-length, Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die, E.R.I.E. takes a fresh approach to some classic genres and gives them new life. Lush with addictive progressions and alternative undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of pop-rock anthems befit for basements and festival stages alike.
Lead single “Fears Come Runnin'" immediately grabs you with its infectious feel and guitar hooks, followed by a building arrangement allowing it to breathe as it plays on.
"“Fears Come Runnin’” is an outward look at the modern world, a commentary on all of the news and misinformation thrown at us daily. It’s a reminder to not get so bogged down by it all that you get complacent or burnt out – keep picking the right battles, fighting the good fights and eventually we’ll drown it all out, collectively," explains songwriter TJ Foster of the single.
Although the song speaks volumes, to get a real understanding of where E.R.I.E. is coming from, the album should be heard in its entirety.
"E.R.I.E. brought me back to my roots, in a way. Growing up, I played in pop-punk bands and as I got through college, my interests and writing styles began moving in different directions. I started taking myself more seriously, sometimes to a fault,” Foster recalls. “While recording Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die, my main goal was to have a positive and fun studio experience. I didn’t want to micro-analyze individual takes for issues no one but me would decipher. I paid a lot more attention to what I was doing instead of how I was doing it, which ultimately yielded a far less stressful experience. Listening to the record now, I can feel that sense of lightness in my performances – it feels like the best thing I’ve ever produced due largely to that."
The New York based songwriter/producer birthed the project out of a tumultuous experience which resulted in an unexpected three day stint at the hospital. Late one night, after Foster’s heart stopped for 15 seconds on his bathroom floor, he found himself on a hospital bed preparing for emergency surgery. Both before and after his surgery, the artist fought through existential thoughts and difficult questions. Though he left with many of them unanswered, there was one thing he knew for sure - a burning desire to play music again had returned.
Taking things into his own hands, Foster began writing for his new project, dubbed E.R.I.E. after the last letters of his daughters’ first and middle names. The moniker also stands for ‘Everything Resides In Everyone,’ something he believes truly.
As Foster himself explains it, "It's a reminder that we all have a full spectrum of emotions and capabilities inside of us – the good, the bad, the pretty, the ugly – more often than not, it’s up to us to channel those accordingly."
Diving into this new project, Foster refined his songwriting and lyrical approach to focus on healing oneself instead of wallowing in self-cynicism. Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die serves as a testament to where he is at with music, life and his own struggles with mental health right now.
Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die will be available for streaming and download through all major digital outlets on March 6. It was performed and recorded by Foster himself at his own home studio in upstate New York.
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