Los Angeles singer-songwriter Eric Lewis has honed a ruggedly catchy rock sound that follows the simple, tried and tested method of engaging vocals, lively guitars and lots of big drums.
Of course, there’s more to it than that, but we love Eric’s relatable lyrics and instantly catchy songwriting. The latest offering of this is new single Fault Lines, which was released at the start of this month.
which opens up with rolling drums and a little bassline under light vocals that build up with the addition of guitars. Big crashing cymbals and rolling drums lead into a big singalong chorus of “Fault lines, Simmering ground, Crippling me down, Breaking off together in the epicentre, Fault lines, Won’t shatter my world once again.”
A cool little flickering guitar lick supports the second verse, then drawn-out guitar chords come in as it builds towards another chorus. The instruments drop out after the second chorus, leaving Eric’s vocals alone repeating the chorus vocals, before the drums and spinning lick return for a final blast of the chorus. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with Eric to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who is Eric Lewis? And where are you from?
EL: “I was born in Fort Myers, Florida and moved to Los Angeles six years ago. I became captivated with music at an early age where I starting out recording guitar riffs on mini-cassette tapes, eventually writing lyrics and learning how to piece together songs. I studied a little bit of classical guitar and bit of jazz guitar, and I really love continuing to learn about music from all around the world.”
GR: You just released Fault Lines. What should people be expecting from the song?
EL: “Fault Lines delivers intense rock energy and grit. This was a self-produced DIY project that I wanted to keep as a raw recording. The song actually started as a kind of an experiment with synth sounds as I was learning how to use Logic X Pro plugins. But it evolved into a more traditional rock song as I stripped away those elements and restructured it with guitars and drums. The lyrics are quite personal, and they relate to fighting to keep our closest relationships from being ripped apart.
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
EL: “I think my songs mostly blend influences of alternative rock from the early 90s and acoustic singer-songwriter styles. I’m into a lot of different music though, so I might pepper in some prog-rock time signatures or weird harmonies now and then. I tend to write about personal stories, people in my life and observations of the world around me.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
EL: “My biggest influences are Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young. But these days I’m mostly listening to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Phoebe Bridgers, and Covet.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
EL: “From now until the end of 2019, I’m going to be releasing more music and prepping to play a live set around the LA circuit. I have several more new songs ready to go, and I’m really excited to start gigging soon! I’m always writing, so I definitely expect to continue recording and releasing throughout 2020.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
EL: “I built some fuzz pedals that I used to record on Fault Lines. I’m still figuring out how to read schematics and not burn myself with the soldering iron though.”