Goodbye Nautilus (2007-2009
) - In early 2007, Eric and Nick Volkart formed a band with the goal of writing some new songs and eventually playing shows. Later that year Eric and Nick met Jeremy Gekov and started performing as a three, with Jeremy on drums and they called themselves Goodbye Nautilus. As the songs began to form, there became a desire to expand the band and incorporate more instruments. In 2008, Dayne Wood was brought into play drums so Jeremy could play lead guitar and later that same year Ben Euphrat joined up to play keyboards. The result of our 3 years as Goodbye Nautilus were a ton of fun shows and a recorded EP titled "Goodbye Nautilus." The band also worked in the studio, primarily at Tiny Telephone to record some 12 songs to eventually put together for an album mixed by Ian Pellici. In 2009 the band went on a mini-tour to Portland, Oregon and Eugene, Oregon to play a couple of shows and had a killer time on the road in an old beat up van.
American Studies (2009-2010) -
In 2009, Goodbye Nautilus changed their approach to making music and thus changed their name to American Studies
(the name based on a class Eric taught at Washington High School). As they continued to work on playing shows and working on the recordings for the album Jeremy moved on from the band to work on his own music and family. In 2010, the band released an EP of songs that would be included on a future album titled AMST. As everyone in the band found their lives getting bussier, the end of 2010 saw the dissolving of the band as Dayne Wood moved back to Oregon. Eric and Nick are currently working to release the material recorded by Goodbye Nautilus and American Studies.
Goddam Ponies (2010-Present) -
In 2010, Eric went and saw a silent film accompanied with music by the Mountain Goats and loved it. Having written songs over 8 years, he decided to get together a small group of musicians to arrange some personal songs to a silent film and perform it live. Tapping into the skills of Ben Euphrat (former keyboardist for Goodbye Nautilus and American Studies), the duo began working on the songs and fine tuning the goal of the project. Later in 2011, Eric was introduced to Louise Nalbandian who joined up to work on the project as a keyboardist and vocalist. After many months of work, the performance is close to done and we hope to be performing in late September/October.