We imagine the first thing that comes to mind when you think about rock music is a guitar. It’s a staple instrument, right? Well, not according to Italian rock duo Eradius, who forego in favour of solely bass, vocals and drums.
The duo of British singer and bassist Richard Ponte and Veronese drummer Edoardo Gomiero began life as a Rockabilly and Blues cover band. But, fuelled by the urge to write their own music, they followed their shared loves of rock and metal.
However, they couldn’t find a guitarist or a singer so, inspired by Royal Blood’s setup, Richard bought a load of pedals that would help fill the gap and the rest is history. And somehow, it just works!
The duo released their debut self-titled album in 2018 and just released a brand new track called Handgun at the start of this month. It opens up with slow rolling drums and a surprisingly high-pitched riff that loops through vocals “Nobody’s pointing the gun, If you feel it push it, The hand that holds it is yours, You can’t decide.”
Then it launches into a bluesy feeling faster riff over livelier drums under repeats of “Do you really want…. to take away the life you’ve never had.” It drops back into another laid-back verse that feeds into a second lively chorus, which this time drops into more high-pitched effects-aided bass and funky bluesy riffs under high vocals. That drops back into one final chorus. Check it out below:
A personal favourite track is the huge Poison Eyes, which opens up with rolling drums and a fun repeating bouncy riff alongside crashing cymbals. Fast-paced high vocals take over and feed into a big catchy chorus featuring the slightly 70s rock sounding cry of “Hallucinations in my mind, with my poison eyes.”
A second chorus drops into a quiet section with a lingering low bassline and light drums under repeating vocals “I can stop if I want to, I don’t need you.” It gradually builds in intensity with rolling drums and ends on a long sung note, then drops into a lively riff and more crashing cymbals, which feed into a final chorus. Give it a listen here:
And, to hear them take the heaviness to another level, check out the awesome, filthy riffing Raise and Resist below:
We’re loving the sound of Eradius, it’s big and raw, packed with filthy riffs and engaging vocals, and we could easily sit here and listen to it all day. Which begs the question, who needs a guitar?
We had a chat with the band to find out more about them. Read on below…
GR: Who are Eradius? And where are you from? What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
E: “Eradius is a two-piece Rock band based in Italy. Bassist/Singer Richard is from London and Drummer Edoardo is from Verona.
“We had already been playing together in a Rockabilly/Blues cover band for money, but then felt the urge to write our original songs since we are rock/metal lovers. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a guitarist and a singer so the bassist bought a lot of pedals to emulate the sound of the guitar by using bass and took singing lessons. That is how the two-piece came out.”
GR: You just released Handgun. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
E: “Handgun is about depression, it’s a call out to those in need of a different perspective. When you are depressed it is difficult to look at things out of the box and you feel as if the world is against you. This song is meant to give the courage to go on to the people who feel like nothing is worth living for.”
GR: “How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
E: “We are a five piece band, played with 2 instruments. The audio makes us seem more but it really is just Bass and Drums. Groovy and Energetic are the adjectives I would use.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
E: “Studying the instrument and its variables along with listening to a ton of different music and genres. We like to experiment by going toward rhythms and genres that we haven’t explored.
“Topics can vary, the first album was all about protest and saying what we thought about society, politics, and behaviorism. The new songs go towards a more emotional aspect, we try to be a little more clear and simple on what we are talking about. Depression and point of views is a big topic that connects most of the songs anyway.
“They all follow a certain… story we can say. Not going to spoil anything for the future.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
E: “Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Royal Blood are our biggest influences.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
E: “New music for sure, we’d like to have one single out every 2/3 months to allow continuity and always give new stuff to the fans. Gigs, unfortunately, none, not until the virus passes or we find a way to deal with it.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
E: “We are ambitious but we want to keep our feet on the ground and be humble. We’d like our music to reach out to people and give them a moment to pause and not think about all their problems. Just enjoying the sound of the most simple, solid, and familiar set-up, a rhythm section. Nothing else.”