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E.R.I.E Album Release Show: Open for Take-Out Virtual Concert Series

October 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio presents an Open For Take-Out Virtual Concert Featuring E.R.I.E for their release of their album.

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Hailing from New York’s vibrant Capital Region, rock outfit E.R.I.E. debuts with Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die. Releasing September 21st via Mint 400 Records, the eleven-song full-length takes a contemporary approach to some familiar musical landscapes and gives them new life. Combining addictive progressions with alternative undertones, the record boasts an anthemic pop-rock aesthetic, with the integrity of an early 2000’s basement or VFW hall.

“E.R.I.E. has brought me back to my roots, in a way. Growing up, I played in scrappy punk bands and as I got through college and beyond, my interests and writing style began broadening. I started taking myself more seriously, arguably to a fault,” songwriter TJ Foster recalls. “While creating this record, my main goal was to have a positive and fun studio experience. I paid a lot more attention to content rather than mechanics.  Ultimately, creating [Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die] was a natural process, without most of the stresses recording can bring.”

Upon listening, it’s not hard to hear that sense of lightness and clarity Foster was striving for. The record exudes a sense of urgency that has drawn comparisons to the likes of Frank Turner and The Gaslight Anthem, while also embodying an intimacy one would expect from Death Cab For Cutie or Frightened Rabbit.

The project was born out of a tumultuous experience which resulted in an unexpected three-day stint at the hospital. Late one night, after Foster’s heart stopped for 15 seconds on his bathroom floor, he found himself on a hospital bed preparing for emergency surgery. Fighting existential introspection and difficult questions helped lay the foundation for a new project called E.R.I.E., a mnemonic representation of his daughter’s names.

Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die was written and recorded at home by Foster (ex-The Cast Before the Break, Accents Deep Elm Records) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer, Mike Kalajian (Circa Survive, A Day to Remember, All Time Low). In order to fulfill the live lineup, Matt Delgado and Chad Flewwelling were recruited on guitar and drums respectively, as was longtime collaborator Jordan Stewart on bass.

With a refreshed writing and lyrical approach – focused on healing rather than self-cynicism – Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die takes you on an all too relatable journey through the questioning of self, struggles with mental health, and the ever-present challenge of making the most of our time here.



We at The Linda realize that the impacts of COVID-19 have been dire for working musicians and the music industry as a whole. The goal of this series is to help restart the local music economy by bringing a wide array of eclectic and diverse, local and regional musicians back to the stage in a safe environment and to provide fans with a professionally produced concert delivered directly to their homes via YouTube stream. Similar to some of our in-person concerts, the virtual concerts are ticketed events and just like all concerts at The Linda, the productions will be of the highest quality visibly and audibly.

-The virtual concerts will take place every Monday night at 8 pm.

-You will be required to sign in or sign up for YouTube to comment during the stream.

-For best streaming quality please ensure that you have a good WiFi or wired internet connection.

-For best audio experience please listen with a good speaker system or headphones.

-A private link to the live stream will be provided 2 hours prior to the virtual concert. Click the “view online content” link within your ticket confirmation email.


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