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Bowling for Soup's Erik Chandler: "I get nervous performing by myself"


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Having been in Bowling for Soup since they formed in 1994, the band’s bass guitarist and backing vocalist, Erik Chandler, is now going it alone.

Erik ChandlerAs well as performing alongside Jaret Reddick on the upcoming ‘Bowling for Soup: Jaret and Erik Acoustic UK Tour,’ the 42-year-old will also be a support act.

TNS caught up with Erik Chandler ahead of the tour:

Chandler originally didn’t intend to embark on a solo career. He explained: “I’ve been writing songs since I was 14, but most of the time they didn’t fit in the BFS realm of music, which is neither here nor there.”

“Jaret and I had an idea to start a side project with me as the main songwriter, then I happened to move to the east coast. Jaret suggested that I should try it by myself. That could have been the best thing that happened to me as far as writing goes.”

“I had no limits or expectations at that point, I was able to just write songs with no parameters…and I wrote plenty. I wrote 45-50 songs and boiled them down to a cohesive idea that felt like a solid album.”

Having performed in a group for so long, Chandler thinks that it’s “not the most comfortable situation in the world” performing as a solo artist.

He said: “I’ve spent half of my life playing with at least one other person on stage and going up by myself still makes me a little nervous.”

Chandler’s music is stylistically very different to Bowling for Soup’s. He “makes different ‘choices’ with chords and melody than Jaret does with BFS songs,” he explained.

He continued: “But the subject matter is close to the same: love, loss of love, lack of love, drinking, hanging with your friends, robbing banks…”

Despite being unsure where to categorise his songs, Chandler does have some major influences.

“The late 80’s-early 90’s alterna/indie rock is my most palpable influence,” he began.

“For the Mulberry St. Socialite album, expect hints of The Lemonheads, The Replacements, Sugar, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Fastball, and then wipe your mind clean and listen to the songs…”

Chandler’s first release will be a split full length with People on Vacation, Reddick’s side-project, with his half being entitled Writing The Wrongs. The album is being released as a physical copy in conjunction with the BFS acoustic tour.

He is also releasing Mulberry St. Socialite, a full length album which will be available later this year.

Tickets for the ‘Bowling for Soup: Jaret and Erik Acoustic UK Tour’ are on sale from Friday, January 20th (available here). Further details are available on the Bowling for Soup website.

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