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Waxbuilt Castles

Mikey Erg


Barcode: 0634457821613

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Waxbuilt Castles is the second full-length solo album by New Jerseys Mikey Erg. As the drummer and principal songwriter in The Ergs! and at least a dozen other bands, Erg has as sturdy a set of pop-punk bona fides as youre likely to find. Waxbuilt Castles is a departure, though.

Recorded in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Alex Clute — who performed with Erg in The Chris Gethard Shows house band — its a set of songs that takes its central inspiration from the melodicism and craft of 70s pop rock. In their production and arrangement, the songs emulate Ergs pre-punk musical heroes — ELO, Elvis Costello, Phil Ochs, and especially the Beatles.

I really wanted to make my version of Paul McCartney’s first record, explains Erg. Homemade and very loose. Not too overthought. Getting there took a bit of adjustment on Ergs part. As a singer, he had to reconcile with hearing his voice in a quieter and more vulnerable context. It was funny to have to rethink the way I sang a lot of the songs, says Erg. Alex would say, Youre singing too forcefully, calm it down a bit. I had to get used to hearing my voice without this white noise behind it, masking it. Lyrically, though, its a Mikey Erg record through and through. Theyre the same type of songs that Ive been writing forever — about relationships. Just simple, personal songs, says Erg.

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Track Listings

Kimberly Gofigure
Bad Decision Monday
Clueless Or Cruel?
& Nico
Little Crushes
Waxbuilt Castles
Hopland Superette
Why Was I Programmed To Feel Pain?
City Lettings
Somewhere Drinking, Drinking Somewhere

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