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Eric Slick reflects on identity and vulnerability in “Nothing Is Real” video from Bullfighter EP

Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

If you’ve seen Eric Slick play a show recently, he was probably behind a drum kit — the ever-busy musician has spent the better part of 2018 touring with his band Dr. Dog and playing in Natalie Prass’s backing band. But Slick is ready to jump back into the spotlight as a solo artist. He’ll release a four-track EP called Bullfighter in January, and the first track, “Nothing Real,” is out now.

The haunting, orchestral song is paired with a video that interprets the EP’s title with a video game-esque bullfight that slowly unfolds with heightened creepiness and suspense as the animated bull and matador face off. Continue reading →

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Eric Slick shares two new collections of old recordings (plus a zine)

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Eric Slick of Dr. Dog has been producing a plethora of multifaceted extracurricular work, from last year’s kickass White Reindeer LP from his band Lithuania to solo work under his own name.

We have more of the latter this week, as Slick just released Sad Reality on Bandcamp, a 2014 demo version of his album Palisades. In a Facebook post, Slick discussed a “tranquil” period of isolation in which he lived alone in Asheville, NC, drawing inspiration from nature and descending so deeply into his artistic process that he forgot to eat for days at a time. Continue reading →

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Eric Slick & Friends to debut string quartet-woven “Bullfighter EP” at NYC’s (le) poisson rouge this December

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dr. Dog drummer, Lithuania rocker, solo Eric Slick extraordinaire — now let’s add string quartet composer to the list because why the heck not.

Expanding his personal project a tad further, on December 19th, Philly’s resident renaissance musician will be performing as Eric Slick & Friends to debut his “Bullfighter EP” to the world; which, as announced in the show’s Facebook event page, will feature additions of a string quartet. Continue reading →

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Eric Slick stands against hate and bigotry in new track, “secrets” ft. Sadie Dupuis

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

On the heels of performing the loaded Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, Eric Slick just shared a new track titled “secrets” via Boiled Records, which features Speedy Ortiz’s / Sad13’s Sadie Dupuis.

Of the song, Slick describes writing it after watching a news piece focused on a Jewish real estate agent in Montana who had been viciously trolled and threatened by a Neo-nazi hate group. Continue reading →

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Eric Slick shares new single “You Are Not Your Mind” from upcoming solo LP

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Eric Slick | photo via Egghunt Records

Local musician Eric Slick has shared a third single from his forthcoming Palisades LP, an album set for release on April 21st via Egghunt Records. Best known for his roles in Dr. Dog and Lithuania, Palisades marks the multi-instrumentalist’s first official solo outing and was created during a year spent in the Asheville, NC woods.

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Eric Slick creates a black and white dystopia in “The Dirge”

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Eric Slick | photo via Egghunt Records

In just over a month we’ll have Eric Slick‘s debut solo LP Palisades in our hands, an exciting moment for us and for the Dr. Dog drummer. He’s shared some digital material over the years but this will be the first official, cohesive release, and it’s proving to be worth the wait. We heard a lead single called “You Became the Light” back in February, and this week Slick shared a video for “The Dirge.”

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Eric Slick previews debut Palisades LP with meditation-inspired “You Became the Light”

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Eric Slick | photo via Facebook

The lead single from Eric Slick‘s debut solo effort Palisades is about his first time meditating.

If you were expecting to hear a mellow, sonically-intimate song after reading that line, you’re in for a surprise. Far from it, “You Became the Light” is a barrage of guitar and drums from the onset. An upswell of  tone, synth, and cymbals rush in on the phrase “wave to your friend,” perhaps evoking a sense of heaviness leading into lightness during mediation, but the mind remains steadily drenched in sound throughout the track.

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PHOTOS: The Eric Slick Band at Boot and Saddle

Eric Slick Band | Photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN | <a href=http://koofibi.com target="_blank">koofibi.com</a>
Eric Slick Band | Photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN | koofibi.com

Philadelphia’s Eric Slick has what you might call Restless Musician’s Syndrome; he’s always making song, whether it be with Dr. Dog (where he plays drums) or Lithuania (which he co-fronts on guitar and vox with Dominic Angellela) or under his own name. His latest record Palisades is on the way (listen to the song “No” here) and Slick went on a small autumn tour this month to preview songs from it. Joining him onstage at Boot and Saddle on Wednesday night were Ricardo Lagomasino on drums, Zannie Owens on guitar/keys, and Andrew Black on bass. Check out photos from the set by Koof Ibi Umoren (of Random Tea Sessions fame) — for more updates on Slick’s doings, keep tabs on his Facebook. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Myrrias at Johnny Brenda’s, Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Eric Slick at Boot & Saddle and more…

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Myrrias | photo courtesy of the band

Local outfit Myrrias celebrate the release of a new record at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The dream/psych rockers just dropped their debut LP Spectra last week after streaming the magnetic “PEAK,” but the album comes at a time of transition for the band as well – they’ll be taking some time off for the next few months to write new material and focus on their growing families. Listen to “PEAK” below and pick up tickets here for the 21+ show with Valley Exit (also releasing a record), Long Spells, and a DJ set by Suburban Living.

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