Formed in the Fall of 2009, Roundheels has taken nearly four years to release its first CD. With the release party of Phonocology finally approaching on Friday, August 2 at the Heavy Anchor, RFT Music sat down with drummer Eric Moore and discussed the future of Roundheels, his label Tension/Release Records, touring and the woes of finding band members on Craigslist.
Kenny Snarzyk: OK, let's dive right into this. How did the band start?
Eric Moore: The band started after I was searching for a project to create or play with. I was in a band called Rocket Park for years and I hadn't done anything for several years after that band split. I started searching Craigslist and I found a guitarist named Bill Flagg on Craigslist. I was trying to put together something garage and dirty sounding, influenced by Cage the Elephant, the Cato Salsa Experience and Raconteurs -- three bands that I had been listening to quite a bit at the time. Bill and I hit it off really well, and almost immediately found a bass player in Jessica Brock and eventually a singer in Brendan Corcoron.
Recorded live at Tidball's in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Let's talk a little about the people that didn't make the cut. Any fun stories you'd like to share with our readers?
Oh man, the list is ridiculous. It became an inside joke of sorts within the band. Forming something from Craigslist is like looking at the personal ads, so you can only image the types of people that would come through the door. Our ad was very specific as to what we were looking for, but one man's treasure is another band's trash. We started giving people one or two name descriptions when referring to them.
There was "Bono" -- he would perform his own light show by flicking on and off the rehearsal room lights, would do push ups during a song, and asked my wife to punch him in the stomach to show how strong he was. We had "Fayetteville" -- he drove all the way in and didn't have any original songs and no gas money to get home, so he ended up selling a speaker cab at Killer Vintage and vanished the next day. "Tink" -- he showed up wearing flip flops and a fanny-pack and an Olivia Newton John t-shirt. We never really heard him sing because he had zero projection over the music. "Mama's Boy" -- said he could sing and play guitar but he was 30 and lived with his mom and didn't have a car. We picked him up and promptly returned him to his mother two hours later. "Pedal Board Dude" lasted one practice. He had a two-tiered board set up for his guitar pedals; there were probably 60 on there and it took up the entire practice floor space. "Neil" -- he came by and was trying to feel out the melodies but he just kept singing, "I'm gonna tell you some good news," over and over and over again. The other members wanted him back for another practice so we could find out what the good news was. We never did. The list goes on and on.
What is the current lineup looking like these days?
After Brendan left the band, we spent months searching for a new frontman We found a great guitarist and frontman with Justin Fremont. On bass, Justin brought in a friend from Columbia, Missouri named Jeremy Hunsaker -- who also plays with Driving Wheel -- and myself, on drums.
You guys just finished a tour in June. How did it go?
The tour went fantastic. We were in Columbia, Peoria, then headed to Dayton, Columbus, then towards Nashville, Memphis and Bowling Green. The reception in each city was great and we sold a ton of merchandise.
Do you guys have any plans to get back out on the road before the end of the year?
Most definitely. We're probably headed to the east coast, we might play the CMJ in New York City but that's not entirely confirmed at this point.
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