Eric Openshaw Band

Eric Openshaw Band

 Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
BandAlternativeRock

With catchy riffs and memorable hooks, The Eric Openshaw Band plays a blend of alternative rock, with roots in pop, blues, and jazz. Eric, the inspired force behind the music and persona of the band, continues to strive for the top of the musical chain to give his heart to everyone who hears him.

Biography

The Eric Openshaw Band's tremendous undertaking is to give the Utah music scene a shot of new life and vivacity. With catchy riffs and hooks, The Eric Openshaw Band, fronted by imaginative vocalist/guitarist Eric Openshaw, plays a blend of alternative rock and pop, with its defining roots in blues and jazz. While the Eric Openshaw Band has been compared to a harder edged John Mayer or Goo Goo Dolls, the band continues to have an evolving sound that shines a new light on alternative rock.

When Eric Openshaw, having played music since he was just entering elementary when he began taking piano lessons, found himself without a band in the summer of 2005 in Salt Lake City, he had a desperate craving to continue his passion of writing and performing music. He first started playing open mics at coffee houses and restaurants, utilizing just an acoustic guitar and a developing sound that gained him local attention. But, Eric grew tired of coffee shops, saying "There are too many places out there for me to play to be singing my heart out at a coffee shop." Eric immediately enlisted the help of his friend Alanso Sarinana, a skilled drummer and percussionist to back him up at concerts. With a backing band, Eric began to be more and more inspired, and has since written a plethora of songs, all with different themes and different textures that define what Eric is trying to convey to his fans. In the process, The Eric Openshaw Band has managed to gain an enormous list of venues they have played, and entertained, including: Sugarhouse Coffee in Salt Lake, The Avalon Theater (an all ages venue), Liquid Joe's (a local bar), and Wired and Unplugged (a coffee shop in Snohomish, WA). The Eric Openshaw Band has also made appearances on the radio and television on KXRK (96.3 FM) in Salt Lake City, KVTI (90.9 FM) in Tacoma, and Park City TV and has had the opportunity, and privilege to share the stage with national touring acts, Facing New York and Bitter:Sweet. In addition to the playing experience the Eric Openshaw Band has in and around Utah, the band has released several singles such as Something Like That and Seattle.

Together, the band has recently finished their debut album with a release date of March 31, 2009. The album, titled This Stage, pays homage to Eric's evolution as songwriter and as a person. The Album takes you on a journey through his mentality, his emotion, and this stage of his life, hence the album title. He states, "If you were to listen to this album, beginning to end, you would have insight into a simple musician and a simple person trying to understand himself and the world around him."

Here's what the press has to say about the Eric Openshaw Band

"The [Eric Openshaw Band]'s uniqueness lies in their music's unexpected jazz flourishes, and vocals that resound as slow, punk-ish wails."
Amanda Chamberlain, In Utah This Week (Jul 06, 2007)

"From start to finish, "This Stage," reads like a diary, with hearts being broken, mended, and broken again." Spencer Sutherland, In Utah This Week (Jun 30, 2009)
"[This Stage] is one of the most polished and assured [Utah] local debuts in quite a while." Brian Staker, Salt Lake City Weekly (May 06, 2009)

"[The Eric Openshaw Band] is definitely worth the price of admission to any show."
Mark Hammond, thelocallanding.net (May 27, 2009)

"creative and original [...] playfully romantic acoustic pop"
Jon Robertson, Slug Magazine (Jun 03, 2007)

The album's instant recognition by its elaborate cover design, and its intricate weaving of song styles and moods, makes it an album that stands out within a genre that can often become limited.

The Eric Openshaw Band, born under the creativity of Eric Openshaw, points alternative music in a new direction where musical ideas are taken from a multitude of genres and influences, and pieced together with accuracy and precision. While the bands' accomplishments are many, they know that they are just at the beginning of where this musical road wants to take them.

Booking Contact:
Eric Openshaw
ericopenshawband@gmail.com
(801) 205-8080

Lyrics

Ana (Reprise)

Written By: Eric Openshaw

Oh, all the phrases that are stuck in my head
Have been keeping me awake for weeks on end.
And every touch and every kiss
was all just a farce inside my head I guess.

So I’ll keep waiting, and I’ll keep chasing this dream,
but what is it supposed to mean?

These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real,
Still calling out your name when I wake up
But you’re not there.
These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real
Still calling out your name
But you’re not lost inside my eyes anymore,
Anymore.

So I thought that this was love
but I don’t see it in your eyes
and I never have.
It’s gone away.
So what if I’m so hopeless
It’s nothing you didn’t already know before
I’m losing it now.

So I’ll keep waiting, and I’ll keep chasing this dream,
but what is it supposed to mean?

These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real,
Still calling out your name when I wake up
But you’re not there.
These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real
Still calling out your name
But you’re not lost inside my eyes anymore,
Anymore.

So now I’ve lost the will to dream
And I’ve broken myself down
Because of you.
Oh no, no, no.
Take these dreams away from me
Cause you weren’t the one who met me in my dreams.
Oh no, no, no.

These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real,
Still calling out your name when I wake up
But you’re not there.
These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real
Still calling out your name
But you’re not lost inside my eyes anymore,
Anymore.

These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real,
Still calling out your name when I wake up
But you’re not there.
These dreams are lost and they’ve never been real
Still calling out your name
But you’re not lost, no you’re not lost.

Get away from me, get away from me
You’re not that girl.
Oh no, no, no.
Get away from me, get away from me
You’re not that girl.
Oh no, no, no.

I Didn't Think So

Written By: Eric Openshaw

Well I’ve spent so many nights here
Getting lost inside of my fear
Of what days would bring without you
In my mind.
Well, don’t look so disappointed
It was you with finger pointed
Assuming that I’m not the man
I said I was.
So maybe baby,

It’s all in vain
Trust me I tried so very hard
In this desperate game
It all just seems to fall appart
And it’s all in vain,
Don’t you know.

So you pick up where you left off
Brush it off just like a chest cough
And pretend that love
wasn’t exactly what you meant.
Seven days and now you’re staring
At the phone in hopes of hearing
That ringtone that echoes
loud inside your head

and it’s all in vain
Trust me I tried so very hard
In this desperate game
It all just seems to fall apart
And if it’s all the same
I’d rather forget this sudden part,
And it’s all in vain can’t you see.

So it came to be just what it was
So what you think of that?
Cause here and now, and then
Well there’s no going back.
If it’s half a smile you want from me,
It’s half a smile I’ll give
Just don’t come back asking me for more.
For more.

Discography

This Stage - 2009

Set List

Originals
1. Glamour
2. Ana (Reprise)
3. I Didn't Think So
4. Moonlight in a Bubble
5. Don't Stall
6. Realizations of a Twisted Mind
7. An Arsenal of Words and Fear
8. Who I Am
9. Youth
10. Lullaby
11. Something Like That
12. 21 Miles (Open Road Blues)
13. The Skeptic
14. Seattle
15. Love Your Love
16. Woah Oh!
17. Subtle Silence
18. Writer's Block

Covers:
19. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
20. Crossroads - Eric Clapton
21. Walk Away - Ben Harper
22. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
23. Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix
24. Drive - Incubus
25. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
26. Remember to Breathe - Dashboard Confessional
27. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
28. Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix
29. Something Vague - Bright Eyes