History is full of bands that have switched vocalists and with that changed the dynamics of the band’s sound. Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest to name a few. How conscious are you of not changing the classic sound of Thrust too much yet putting your stamp on the sound?
(Eric) Not to take anything away from previous vocalist’s, but I’m pretty confident about the new sound I bring to the band. I think my vocals, adds dynamics and progression to the songs and to the band as well. If you look at some of the bands you have mentioned, vocals have changed the bands style and sound dramatically, specially with amazing singers like Ronnie James Dio and Bruce Dickinson.
Thrust is a classic US metal band. What have you been up to in the last couple of decades?
(Eric) I joined my first metal band in 1985, played all the Hollywood and LA circuits. Been in quite a few bands and have been direct support to many major acts in previous projects. I’ve also been doing session work for the past couple of years and started my own project before joining Thrust.
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
(Eric) I think it basically boils down to experience and musicianship with Thrust, and the ability to stay humble.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
(Eric) It all depends on mood. I base a lot my lyrics or topics on how I’m feeling that day,
there may also be a day where I have nothing to write about. It’s really hard to say with messages in lyrics, I don’t want to be labeled into a genre like everyone else.
Most of my writing with this band deals with a variety of topics.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
(Eric) At this time the band and I are working on putting THRUST back into the limelight from a 30 some year departure. So, as far as album art is concerned we’d like to have a meaningful return Album cover for our fans who have been there from day one and for metal fans that are hearing our music for the first time as well.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
(Eric) I agree. The age of internet has destroyed much of music’s mystery and Dept. Growing up with bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Priest and Maiden, my first instinct if I haven’t heard the band is to fall in love with the album cover.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
(Eric) I get most of the song titles from the lyrics I write. For me good melody lines make the songs, even if the words don’t make any sense.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
(Eric) Unfortunately these are the times we are living in. I think speaking for many that are in the industry and fans as well, music will never be dead and buried. We really have no worries.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
(Eric) Thrust is very much a live band, since joining the band in September of 2016 we have been playing non stop. It’s very important to keep your name out there weather it’d be a big Metal Festival or a small bar in your home town. At this time we are taking a little break to finish up the album.
What lies in the future?
(Eric) This is very exciting times for the band, a release of a new album, tour, etc.
The road ahead for Thrust is vast and wide.