Albany-based indie-rock quartet, E.R.I.E, offer a fresh take on suburban life in America with their latest single "Bad Man's World". The track serves as a comedic commentary on the patriarchal nature of modern society and the struggle to fit into the stereotypical idea of 'manhood'. With crunchy guitars and catchy choruses, E.R.I.E's sound is a blend of The Menzingers, Tom Petty, and blink-182. There's an irresistible energy to "Bad Man's World", the track explores deep and potentially controversial issues, to the juxtaposition of. joyful pop-punk style backdrop. There's a throwback feel to the bands sound, likely to resonate with anyone who's formed a band in their garage with friends from school.
Formed after TJ Foster's harrowing experience of emergency heart surgery in 2018, the band's upcoming album, Suburban Mayhem, explores the external forces that impact us daily. The track has a joyful nature, with the lyrics including plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to modern culture layered over an emphatic indie-punk attitude. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, the band state:
"The older I've gotten, the more I've struggled with this notion of 'manhood'. There is this awful, patriarchal element to our society that is impossible to justify. It's a deeply flawed world run by deeply flawed men. I've never been one of those men who acts tough or 'masculine' (in a stereotypical sense), yet those are the types of men awarded such controls. I wanted to write a tongue-in-cheek song that examined all of this. Like, how much easier would life be if I was just a chauvinistic, cutthroat asshole instead? It's hard to remember sometimes, but even though we live in a bad man's world, it's the good ones – the gentle and kind ones – who leave the greatest impact. That's what I aspire to be." — TJ Foster (Vocals/Guitar)
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