Enthused, He Is!

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We love going to shows. Granted, most of the time we’re playing in them, but when when all of us (Lindby) go to see other people perform, whether they’re local or big-name touring acts, there is a certain “Je ne sais quoi” about them. We spend hours and hours preparing material for our own shows and when we see other people get up in front of a crowd and show what they have spent hours and hours preparing, there is a certain appreciation that we feel watching them pour their soul out into music for others to enjoy the way that we do. That in turn inspires us to go back and revamp songs, rethink set lists, and rework a some musical elements that were maybe half-baked and waiting for the right moment to be reinvented in a better way.

But inspiration strikes everyone differently.

Enter Jordan Buford. He is the writer over at The Music Enthusiast concert review blog. Jordan writes superbly in-depth reviews of concerts in the DFW area and is a seasoned veteran, having been reviewing shows since 2006 (you can read his full bio HERE)! Where our friends over at Fort Live primarily cover Forth Worth shows and only dabble in Dallas happenings, Jordan is quite the opposite. He covers mostly Dallas shows (due his proximity to the city) and handles Fort Worth goings-on from time to time. Nevertheless, he is FANTASTIC at what he does! His style of reviews is in a “play-by-play” format, which gives the reader the most in-depth look at the concert he is covering. Not only that, but his posts are informative AND interesting-qualities that some blogs only half muster.

In addition to The Music Enthusiast blog, Jordan also does a podcast over at the Whiskeyboy Radio Network that you can (and should) subscribe to HERE. We have been featured on the podcast multiple times (including his LATEST EPISODE) and HIGHLY recommend it if you are looking to discover new music from the DFW area.

Lastly, but definitely not least-ly, Jordan was gracious enough to take time out of his crazy schedule to sit down, listen to Erikson, and do one of his play-by-play overviews of it (CHECK IT OUT HERE!!). And when I say “play-by-play,” I mean he literally give his take on each song on the album. Music Enthusiast? Most definitely! Jordan doesn’t write many album reviews because he is so insanely busy covering live shows and keeping track of who is playing where and all that business, so when we saw the coverage that he did of our album, we were astounded that he gave it such a close listen! Our collective hats are off to you, Mr. Buford. It is abundantly clear that you love what you do and your passion for music shines through in your work. Just like we are inspired to create music when we hear it, Jordan is inspired to write. And mighty fine writing it is!

If you want to connect with Jordan and follow what he’s doing online (which you DEFINITELY should!), here is where you can find him on the interwebs:

Official Site: The Music Enthusiast
Facebook (TME): TheMusicEnthusiast
Facebook (personal): Jordan Buford
Twitter: The Music Enthusiast
Reverbnation: The Music Enthusiast
Subscribe to Podcasts on iTunes HERE or listen to them on Whiskeyboy Radio HERE

Finding Fort Live

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Recently, we had the distinct privilege to sit down with Lyle Brooks, editor and writer over at FORT LIVE, and talk about Lindby, Erikson, Lindby’s band history, etc. We had a fantastic chat which ranged from Gregorian Chant, to Monty Python, Lord of the Rings, choir tours, the party antics of kids in Scandinavia (Lyle joked that the little hand-held recorder that recorded our conversation was actually broadcasting a radio show to kids in another country. It being Leif Erikson day, we suggested that naturally, the children of Northern Europe would be hearing tonight’s broadcast as they had been up partying all night celebrating the holiday), and topics beyond even those. Lyle was faithfully persistent and constantly roped us back in to talking about Lindby whenever we would digress too far off topic (which was, for better or worse, often), but more often than not, we just got to enjoy hanging out and shooting the breeze with Lyle on yet another fantastic Leif Erikson Day. To read his article on Lindby (an article inside an article? INCEPTION!!), head over to the 817 DAILY section of the Fort Live site. It really is amazing that he put together such a great article on us (which again, Thank you Lyle! You rock!), as we probably didn’t give him as much to work with as other bands probably do. But hey, we had fun!

CHECK IT OUT!

As the title of this post is “Finding Fort Live,” we wanted to give an official shout-out to Fort Live and explain to everyone who maybe hasn’t heard of this magnificent resource exactly what they do. And here it is, in their own words:

“Launched on January 1, 2012, Fortlive.com has been serving up a tasty dish of Fort Worth Live Music News, Local Artist Interviews & Concert Dates of every venue/bar/concert hall in town. We have become the de-facto place to find the latest news & gossip relating to live music in Funkytown. Spread the word and thanks for visiting. For more info, contact us at calendar@fortlive.com”

These guys are the bee’s knees as far as live music coverage in Fort Worth is concerned. Lyle Brooks and Casey Mack work insanely hard at promoting local music and practically live in the music venues so that they can bring coverage to everyone in the metroplex about what’s going down in Funkytown. They have THE most extensive calendar of local live music dates in Fort Worth, and are constantly posting updates on their Facebook Page regarding lineup updates and where crazy-awesome shows are going to be next. Their heart is truly in what they do. I mean, have you ever tried to keep track of where all of your favorite bands are playing? All the places they’re going to be in the next week? Try multiplying that by about 100 and you’ve got what Fort Live keeps track of in about a day. Incredible.

So anyways, go give them some love on their website and their Facebook Page. They really do deserve it, and if you are taking the time to go out and see local musicians rock the house down, you do too.

“Name Your Price” download for “Erikson”

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We had an overwhelming response from everyone regarding the album on Leif Erikson day, so we’ve decided to keep it up on Lindby’s Bandcamp Page for a “name your price” instant download! We cannot thank everyone enough for the love you’ve shown us and truly appreciate all the encouragement and support! We couldn’t do it without you!

Check it out HERE

Happy Leif Erikson Day!

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Three! Two! One! HAPPY LEIF ERIKSON DAY! In celebration of that lovable viking’s spirit of adventure and exploration, we are inviting everyone to explore our latest album, and download it for FREE!! Head on over to Lindby’s Bandcamp Page for the free download of “Erikson,” but hurry, once the magic of Leif Erikson day has worn off, the album will go back to $10. So show Leif the meaning of haste and honor his memory with a complementary download! We hope you enjoy! Also, for more insight on the album, check out our post, “ERIKSON EXPLAINED” for a better understanding of how “Erikson” came to be. Thanks again and enjoy the album!

Erikson, oh my Erikson!

ERIKSON EXPLAINED

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I suppose that by now, most of you who have listened to “Erikson” are wondering, “What’s the deal with all these Eriksons? Why? What for? What’s it all mean?”

Well, here it is-Erikson Explained. And if you’re not curious as to why 2/5 (.4 or 40%) of the tracks on the album have the name “Erikson” in them, good on ya! Just keep enjoying the music and sharing it with your friends. That’s what it’s all about, anyways. But for those of you who want to plunge deeper into the world of Eriksons, follow me…

BEGINNINGS

It all started in 2006 when Nick Spurrier and Matt Hart decided to do a project on Erik Erikson for their psychology class in high school. To make a long story short, they wrote a song about Mr. Erikson, which was later rediscovered by myself and Spurrier in college just a few years back (to get the full scoop on the old-school Erikson tune complete with nitty, gritty details, check out Spurrier’s blog post about it).

Upon re-hearing the tune, we decided it was reasonably catchy and that with some tweaks here and there, could easily join Lindby’s current lineup of songs. After changing the subject from Erik Erikson to Leif Erikson (c’mon-vikings are totally “in” right now), and cutting out a LOT of unnecessary verses, we were set. We felt, however, that good ol’ Leif deserved some counterparts, each with the surname Erikson and a musical style to complement the life they have lived (or were meant to live). We decided to keep them short (“Erikson, Leif” was only about a minute long anyways), and to have them act as vignettes on the upcoming album. Why?

WHY?

Why, you ask? Well…because we thought it would be funny. And goofy. And hopefully clever. And unique. There wasn’t really a deep, philosophical meaning to why we chose to have six “Eriksons” on the album or even why we chose Erikson at all. It made us laugh and remember the good times (which, ironically, to Erik Erikson this probably WOULD hold deep, psychological meaning…but that’s a different story altogether). We wanted to give the listeners something they could just sing along to and not have them be burdened with finding a deeper meaning in every single verse we sing. After all, there are plenty of other Lindby songs out there that are saturated with metaphors, allusions, etc. We just wanted to have some fun and explore the Eriksons of the world and share them with, well, the rest of the world.

And speaking of the “Eriksons of the world” (which by the way, there are many, many more than the ones we chose to write songs about), here are each of the “Eriksons” from the album briefly broken down for your enjoyment. So…enjoy!

OH MY ERIKSON

Erikson, Leif

As mentioned before, this is about Leif Erikson, viking extraordinaire. You can read more about him HERE.

MUSIC: A sing-songy melody in 6/8. We imagine a houseful of vikings sitting around a large wooden table, drinking and laughing about the day’s activities. A fire crackles in the corner as they slap each other heartily on the back and merrily sing:

Erikson, Oh my Erikson
You sacked and sailed and drank
You loved your mother, Oh my Erikson

EXPLAIN: We can only infer that Leif did, in fact, love his mother, and that he drank, but hey-he was a viking. Everyone knows that Vikings love their mothers and enjoy a stein of mead from time to time. And even though he may not have “sacked” any villages, he certainly did sack our hearts. (sidenote-keep an eye out for Tuesday, Oct 9th. It’s Leif Erikson day in the U.S. and Lindby is DEFINITELY going to be doing something special!)

Erikson, Sheldon

An avid business man, Sheldon Erikson has been the Chairman of the Board for global provider of pressure control, processing, flow control and compression systems, The  Cameron International Coperation, or CCC, since May 2, 1996. That’s one business savvy Erikson, right there. Read more about Sheldon HERE

MUSIC: A medium-tempo jazz tune in C minor. We imagine a medium-size room, probably upstairs, filled with the aroma of fine cigars and expensive pipe tobacco. Well-to-do business men and women fill the room and talk of fourth quarter profits, synergy, expanding their markets, and the latest NASDAQ reports. In one corner of the room there is a bar with a lone bar tender serving only  the finest spirits, and in the other corner a small jazz quintet is starting up their next tune. The singer steps up to the mic and pleads:

Erikson, Oh my Erikson
You drilled for Triple C
You chairman of the board, Oh my Erikson

EXPLAIN: This one pretty much speaks for itself. Sheldon was a business man, so we figured we’d write a song that business men at parties probably don’t really ever notice, but is more than likely playing: a jazz tune. He is the a chairman of the board for a Company named “CCC” and, while he didn’t actually himself  “drill” for them, his company sold the parts that did the drilling, and hey, he WAS in Forbes magazine. Oh..just on the website? Well still, that’s pretty darn impressive!

Erikson, Jon

Swimming the English Channel ONCE would, in my opinion, be a HUGE accomplishment in anyone’s life. Swimming it twice would be downright amazing, but swimming it ELEVEN TIMES? Well, Jon my friend, you have just earned yourself a Lindby song (for better or for worse). And not only has he swam the English Channel ELEVEN TIMES, but he was the FIRST of only THREE PEOPLE to have completed a three-way swim of the channel. That’s there and back and there again. Why, that’s more than even Bilbo can say! NUF SAID. On with the music. (or read more about Jon HERE)

MUSIC: A heavily reggae-influenced, up-beat tune complete with trumpets and trombones stabbing and weaving throughout the song. We imagine Jon, the swimmer, trying to get psyched up for the epic swim that lies before him. Since he’s probably standing on a rocky beach in either England or France, we wanted to create some imagery for him that made him feel that if he closed his eyes, he’d be right there on a tropical beach in Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya…ahem. Anyways, so he puts on his headphone and hears:

Erikson, oh my Erikson
You swam to the French shore,
But before you swam to the Englishmen

EXPLAIN: Jon Erikson swam from England to France, France to England, and then England to France again. From the French shore to the Englishmen, one might say. That’s about it. This one is more about the feel of the song-the horns, the sing-along verses, the upbeat guitar and drums. It’s just Lindby’s day at the beach.

Erikson, Tom

The final, “real” Erikson on the album is Tom Erikson. He had careers in amateur wrestling, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. Currently he is an assistant wrestling coach at Purdue University, but we decided to focus more on his heydays as an athlete in his prime. Read more about Tom HERE

MUSIC: An ethereal, chant-like tune in 5/4, complete with vocal harmonies stacked in perfect 4ths and 5ths to resemble the music of the far east. We imagine Tom studying with a wise, old sensei who is instructing him in the many forms of mixed martial arts. After years of vigorous, painful training, Tom is finally ready to prove himself in the match of his life against his arch rival. The crowd moves in on the duo, encircling them in a wreath of judgement. A cymbal starts to beat out an ancient rhythm and the crowd begins to chant:

Erikson-san, Oh my Erikson-san
You punched his lights out
Boxing the big cat, Oh my Erikson-san

EXPLAIN: This is the biggest stretch out of all of the Eriksons on the album (save the imaginary ones, but we’ll get there in a second). Not only was Erikson not from the far east (he was, in fact, American), but he probably never trained with a sensei (to our knowledge, anyways) and never even had an arch rival (again, not one that we know about). BUT, he did go by the name, “The Big Cat,” and he probably punched someone’s lights out along the way (in a match or otherwise), so we feel justified enough with the song. Plus, we really wanted an excuse to try building vocal harmonies in perfect 4ths and 5ths, AND have a song in 5/4 time…and use the Moog more. OK OK FINE. But still, Tom Erikson was one baaaad dude! And that’s ’90’s bad, by the way.

Erikson, J.S. and Erikson, Jam

These two Eriksons do not exist outside of our album (as far as we know). “Erikson, J.S.” is a four-voice fugue that uses the Erikson melody as its basis (try singing along using the Leif Erikson lyrics), and “Erikson, Jam” is just us jamming in the studio over the Leif Erikson chord changes. We tagged them with “Erikson” so that the consistency would run through the entire album as a whole and give more credence to us naming the album, “Erikson.” Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good fugue every now and again? We certainly do. Plus, it gave Tanner Brown a chance to bust out his electronic drum skills and give us a chance to write a complete 4-part fugue. We were pleased as punch. And the jam? Well it’s just us goofing around in the studio, having fun, and Lindby is all about fun.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to not say or type the word “Erikson” for as long as possible.

Erikson

Dang

-Goodrich

Steve Neme Speaks Out

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Steve Neme, Ohio native, has a great blog about his adventures and misadventures in the great state of Texas. An avid musician and music lover himself, he jumped at the opportunity to write a few words about Lindby’s “Erikson.” You can read it directly on his blog HERE (which we definitely recommend) or just scroll on down and read it here. He is an up-and-coming writer (he’s majoring in it at college right now, for cryin’ out loud!), so we are very honored to have his words on our side! So without further ado, Steve Neme:

In the world of music there are two categories of bands: those who do, and those who do well. If you’re fortunate enough to belong in the camp of Lindby musicians, you fall into the latter category. On “Erikson”, the Arlington, Texas group’s first proper release, the eclectic amalgamation of forgotten genres seems tongue-in-cheek conceptually, but is executed in earnest. You can tell that these folks have been perusing the vinyl collections at resale record shops, and they have chosen their influences wisely.

The music of “Erikson” is jammed out in funky psychedelics and Lounge-pop with hints of Ska and the ever-present influences of The Flaming Lips and The Polyphonic Spree (one can even hear a little ELO in there at times!). For those of you unfamiliar with any of the genres or groups I’ve just mentioned, you should go look all of these things up immediately. If you do understand what I’m saying here, then you may have found an album worth the trouble of listening to. It’s pretty obvious that the Lindby folk have undergone some musical training, what with the Fugue near the end of the album and the multi-layered harmonies throughout the disc. That’s not to say that this album feels like homework, or the listening material of a grad student working on neo-classical pop rock; it’s more like those days in high school where your substitute teacher told you to stop reading Great Expectations and instead expounded on the genius of Ginsberg.

Lindby’s rhyme-scheme-rants are somehow familiar, like Shel Silverstein’s poetry, without the impending doom feeling. Like taunts in the schoolyard where children rhymed “dork” with “pork” and somehow made you feel like the worst kind of nerdy bacon, in the best possible way. When one hears simple rhyme-schemes found on “Erikson”, they may initially right the lyrics off and focus on the musical integrity – but as you go, you find that the rhymes are so brilliant because of their simplicity. It’s a return to the days when people didn’t craft lyrics with the intent of cerebral ambiguity, with the intent of being deemed a brilliantly damaged poet in a time of posers. Lindby says to hell with that and instead gives the listener the opportunity to sing along with the chorus after only hearing it once. It’s simplification at its best, and a tactic more bands probably ought to be looking into these days.

While a concept album, “Erikson” doesn’t follow the trajectory of storyline concept albums. Even though songs are loosely tied together, there is no story arc, there is no fundamentally flawed protagonist with a challenge to meet; instead there are loads of fun melodies and group vocals brought together by one name: Erikson. One can also tell that this concept album was created as much for the band as for the fans. There are inside jokes, and one can visualize the smiles of the members as they sing songs about friends and sneak looks at each other on stage as lyrics are improvised. “Erikson” is conceptual without being lofty; a panoramic shot feel-good landscape. If you feel that the album leaves something to be desired, that’s really more on you than Lindby, as they’ve provided you with an overview of what music has, and will sound like as genres continue to blend. These people know how they want to world to sound: cheery and sparkly, where everyone gets to have a good time, and everyone shares the name “Erikson”.

A few favorite tracks: “Jing Ling Tam Blues”, “King of Condiments”, “Gee! Sharp Diminished Over Bee”

Key elements: crunchy guitars, moog, group vocals, jazz piano

Check out Lindby on bandcamp
Or grab a record at any of their upcoming shows!

-Steve Neme

“Erikson” reviewed by the Fort Worth Weekly

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“Erikson” was reviewed by the local Fort Worth newspaper The Fort Worth Weekly! The article, by Anthony Mariani, really speaks for itself, so I’ll stop jabbering and let you get right to it!

HERE is the direct link to the two-part article on “Erikson” and the latest EP by the DFW band Oil Boom entitled “Gold Yeller.” I would definitely recommend using the link because the FW Weekly site has so much to offer, but if you’re impatient (or have a lousy internet connection), just scroll on down and enjoy!

Lindby’s Erikson

Listened to Erikson. Here’s what we know. Some young, seemingly normal Arlingtonians harbor a perverse fascination with people (real or imagined) sharing the surname Erikson. The first track off Lindby’s long-time-in-the-making debut album is “Erikson, Leif,” and “Erikson, Sheldon,” “Erikson, Jon,” “Erikson, Tom,” “Erikson, J.S.,” and “Erikson, Jam” are the titles of assorted interludes. […]

And then there’s the music, a weird mélange of occasionally blustery electric guitar riffs mixed with horns and weird synths, smart sing-songy melodies, and choral vocals reminiscent of The Polyphonic Spree. (Sadly, any band with more than two people singing either in harmony or unison draws comparisons with the Spree, the biggest band to popularize the form.)

You could call Erikson a concept album. Most of the lyrics are silly and fabulist (“The King of Condiments,” anyone?), and the 15-track work is often visited by the melodic reprisal “Erikson / Whoah-oh-oh, my Erikson.”

Home-recorded and self-released, the album captures a band whose aspirations far outstrip its cashflow for Grade-A recording technology and knowhow. You can only imagine what producer Jim Guercio would have done with this stuff back in his heyday in the late 1960s with Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears. The raggedness here kind of cheapens the genuine expansiveness of the melodies and arrangements, rendering the compositions sloppy rather than raw, organic, and unpretentious, the effects that Lindby was probably going for –– “probably” because the people in the band are crazy.

Not that there’s anything remotely pretentious about this oddball opus. (Paging Dr. Demento.) Next to The Doors’ “Shaman’s Blues,” Lindby’s “The Shaman” is probably the best song about aboriginal medicine men you’re ever going to hear. It’s an early-’80s-inspired dance-rock hit revolving around a groovy, twinkling synth figure and a huge, glorious superhero-theme-song chorus. “Jing Ling-Tam Blues,” undoubtedly named after the professor of vocal studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, is a rocker built around a soaring choral vocal refrain and crunchy guitarwork, and “Piece of Reese” is scandalous and catchy.

Erikson could be a lark, but all of the songs are professionally performed and sprinkled with moments of auditory glee. Not quite Viking-caliber but killer nonetheless. –– Anthony Mariani

There you have it! Stay tuned for more Lindby reviews and news coming soon!