Erik

Erik Core been described as "Bob Dylan on PCP" and "The Mariachi from Hell!  Playing the acoustic guitar with all ferocity of someone playing electric guitar in a full punk band he has blown minds show after show, while stylistically flourishing and pushing the very boundaries of the acoustic guitar. Vocally, he ranges from deep dark dirges, to growls and screams, poetic rants, full on singing, and howling like a wolf. Lyrically he has been credited time and time again for the poetic prose of his lyrics. His influence range from classic rock (The Stooges, The Who, The Kinks, MC5, Motorhead) and early punk (Toxic Reasons, The Lewd, Dead Kennedys, Husker Du, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, The Dicks, Black Flag, The Clash) to classic country (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings).

Over the last twenty plus years he has been performing solo up and down the West Coast doing acoustic punk shows. The first Erik Core solo acoustic punk show happened in the early 1990’s in Oakland, California. Opening for I Madman from Fresno, the crowd was incredibly receptive and from that point on Erik Core became a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Over the years, he toured from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada. Playing shows with such bands and persons as: Jello Biafra, The Damned, The White Trash Debutantes, Slackbone, Pansy Division, Kevin Seconds, Tribe 8, Black Kali Ma, The Bar Feeders, Supersuckers, Victim’s Family, New Bomb Turks, The Lewd, and Love Battery, to name but a few.

Other musical projects Erik Core has been part include: The Violators, Attack of the Zombie Pimps, Gods of the Revolution (engineered and produced by Butch Vig), and Visitor 42. Current projects, other than Erik Core, are: Gunpowder and KLX (aka. The Kenny Lawless Experience). In addition to those projects he is a producer on Music Life Radio.

Recently, he started playing with Al Yippee Ki Yay (also, in Gunpowder) on bass guitar and Josh “Bulldoza” Mendoza on the drums. This has taken the traditional acoustic punk sound--if it could ever be called that--and made it fatter, fuller, more energetic, dynamic, and louder than ever!

Currently, Erik Core is planning a tour of Germany in the Summer of 2017 and a new album. The new album, entitled “No War, No Where, Know Peace” is a concept album. which they will be recording, in March of 2017 with Beau Sorenson—who engineered Bob Mould’s last two albums.  


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