Mike Erb Band

Mike Erb Band

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"Erb and the rest of the band are confident that 'Nowadays' is the first impression they have been ready to make on record since they first realized the special musical bond they all share. Undoubtedly, those who also appreciate great songs played by a great band will agree."

Biography

With the release of Nowadays, the Mike Erb Band (M.E.B.) is poised to establish itself as a serious contender within the roots rock scene, not only in its native Canada, but the entire world. Although formed like many other alt-country outfits around an individual singer/songwriter, over the past three years, the M.E.B. has solidified into an egalitarian unit, with all members contributing to the overall vision of the band.

Listened to in this way, Nowadays is the culmination of months of tireless rehearsing, live gigging, and recording in order to hone a sound that not only conveys the emotional impact of Erb's songs, but showcases the band as the dynamic collection of musicians that they are. For the M.E.B., the song is all that matters, and with a solid foundation in both the country and pop fields, the album effortlessly cross-pollinates the two, via Erb's honest delivery, resulting in an all-around effective package.

A native of the thriving scene in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (just west of Toronto), that is also home to nationally-known artists like Danny Michel, The Miniatures, and Shannon Lyon, Mike Erb began writing songs in the mid-90s after meeting bass player Darius McKinley. The pair formed several short-lived projects together before Erb decided that the best test of his emerging talent would be journeying to Nashville.

Like countless young musicians before him alone in Music City, Erb quickly saw that this was an entirely different world than the one he'd left in Canada. Still, it prompted him to rise to the challenge, and before he reached his self-imposed departure date, he had managed to attract the attention of some small publishing companies.

In the end, the Nashville experience proved to be the kick-start that Erb required to get his career going back home, and in 2003 he released his first independently-produced solo EP. To launch it, Erb enlisted McKinley to help assemble a band made up of some of K-W's top musicians for several high profile shows that immediately put him at the forefront of the scene. The EP went on to sell out its initial pressing of 1000.

This was the beginning of the M.E.B. and after experimenting with a few line-ups, the current contingent fell into place with the arrival of drummer/vocalist Jamie Alegre in 2003 and producer Darryl Romphf a year later. A bonus was Romphf's experience as a seasoned studio guitarist, and the band set about recording Nowadays in the summer of 2004.

It was determined to try to capture the band's live sound as accurately as possible, and initial sessions took place at Toronto's Orange Lounge, a showcase venue for Canadian independent label Orange Records. Following this, more sessions took place in K-W, before the scene shifted to Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver. Upon its completion, the album was mastered in Vancouver by Dean Maher at The Warehouse.

Although a long time in the making, Erb and the rest of the band are confident that Nowadays is the first impression they have been ready to make on record since they first realized the special musical bond they all share. Undoubtedly, those who also appreciate great songs played by a great band will agree.

Lyrics

Take It Back

Written By: Mike Erb Band

Take It Back
words & muisic by Mike Erb

Nowadays everybody needs more time to spend
every penny they’ve got and will proudly defend
New car in the garage, new smile on the plastic face
Nowadays everybody seems to be in a race

Nowadays everybody’s got somewhere they need to be
Gotta please your parents and get your law degree
Put aside everything you’ve ever known you wanna do
Nowadays everybody’s got a killer hold on you

Take it back, take it back, take our innocense back
Keep it safe under lock and key but in sight for everyone to see
Take it back, take it back, let’s take our innocense back

Nowadays everybody finds it hard to even breathe
When the going gets rough they’re never sure how the hell they’re gonna leave
Put aside everything that’s got you gasping for air
Nowadays everybody thinks they haven’t been treated fair

Take it back, take it back, take our innocense back
Keep it safe under lock and key but in sight for everyone to see
Take it back, take it back, let’s take our innocense back

Nowadays everybody’s got somewhere they need to be
Gotta please your parents and get your law degree
Put aside everything you’ve ever known you wanna do
Nowadays everybody’s got a killer hold on you

Nowadays I find it hard to put a smile on when I wake
But I suck it up quick and put my shoes on tight, that’s a choice that you gotta make
I ain’t a preacher, I ain’t no saint, I haven’t even lived that long
But nowadays sometimes all you need is some words to help you along

Take it back, take it back, take our innocense back
Keep it safe under lock and key but in sight for everyone to see
Take it back, take it back, let’s take our innocense back

copyright 2005 Mike Erb

Wasting My Time

Written By: Mike Erb Band

Wasting My Time
words & music by Mike Erb

Today I think I'll make a vow to myself
That I'll never want those things I can't have in this life
'Cause you fuss over things that really don't matter
"Will she like my shoes today" well, who really cares?

Guess I'm wasting my time cause she ain't even mine
Looking back on it now I could've read between the lines
If you see me again trying to be her best friend
Tell me that I'm wasting my time

Well when she was just eight and I was eight too
I was hooked on Hardy Boys and she was reading about Anne
I'd watch her slow as her eyes would move so fast
Across the page, wishing she could read my eight year old mind

So with you as my witness and with you as a friend
Well I tell you I ain't going down that road again
Said no way man, three times in enough
To make any grown man wanna go and leave his damn town

copyright 2005 Mike Erb

Don't Come Back

Written By: Mike Erb Band

Don’t Come Back
words & music by Mike Erb

I thought you came into town on a one night stand
you said the next day you’d be on your way
But it’s two weeks after my twenty first birthday
that makes one year to this day
I can hardly brush my teeth or comb my hair
without some reminder of you
Either you’re talking in my ear
or your baby blue toothbrush is lying on the counter in view

I never thought I’d have to come out and say this
This is not what you’re gonna wanna hear
But when I took the key to my front door back
I thought you went to your room to pack
I love you but baby don’t come back

I’ll be honest days one, two and three were a blast
by day four I was a-wearing thin
You could’ve stayed out all night with no damn excuse
I wouldn’t ask you where you had been
But I couldn’t have been so luch, oh no
you were always home at a decent time
When I took the key back I never even thought to disconnect the doorbell chime

I never.....

Now that you’re gone, now that you’ve left
now that you are out of sight
I can finally come home whenever I please
I can finally get some sleep at night
Loving you in many ways, was like a one way dead end street
I can’t figure out how on earth I got there, can’t figure out how the hell I’ll leave

I never thought I’d have to come out and say this
This is not what you’re gonna wanna hear
But when I took the key to my front door back
I thought you went to your room to pack
I love you but baby don’t come back

copyright 2005 Mike Erb

Tracked Me Down

Written By: Mike Erb Band

Tracked Me Down
words & music by Mike Erb

Well I dreamed I've seen your face before
on the cover of a magazine
But it's just not fair that it ain't for real
No it ain't quite what it seems
No it ain't quite what it seems

Well I've longed to see your hand in mind
but we never did face the facts
Still we turned around babe, looked it in the eye
Now there ain't no looking back
No there ain't no looking back

You tracked me down when I needed you to
You tracked me down when I needed you too

You've been four long years on this path, this road
With no good end it seems
Still you kept on truckin, you kept on moving
Through more than I ever dreamed
Through more than I ever dreamed

copyright 2005 Mike Erb

Chasing A Dream

Written By: Mike Erb Band

Chasing A Dream
words & music by Mike Erb

I’ve been around this whole damn world
Searching for that dotted line that’ll change my life
Coast to coast and stage to stage
Some days I feel so close, some days I feel so far

Well I’m only chasing a dream, I’m only chasing a dream
Still I hope and pray it’s not as far as it seems

Since day one I have never felt
That I was put on this earth to do anything else
But just last week my said lost wind
The company from down south said “we’ll pass on you”

Well i’m only chasing a dream, I’m only chasing a dream
Still i hope and pray it’s not as far as it seems

Although I’m week and although I’m bruised
I never did like the thought of being away from home
And I have faith in the songs I sing
And that someday soon they’ll be sung by you

copyright 2005 Mike Erb

Love Captured Me

Written By: Mike Erb Band

Love Captured Me
words & music by Mike Erb

As I boarded the train at station main
to move on to God know’s where
We kissed goodbye you said it’s best this way
But i swear there must be another way
I tried my best to leave
but your love has captured me

I climb the stairs and grab a seat with a view
Lean my head on the window pain
Train makes a move up the northbound track
I waved to you but you didn’t wave back
I’m trying my best to leave
but your love has captured me

Well love, don’t come easy,
like wind in the trees it can sway
but i’ll tell you one thing
that i’m willing to stay

I close my eyes to get some rest
and dream happier times
The days when we walked side by side
when no mount seemed high, no river too wide
I’m trying my best to leave
but your love has captured me

copyright 2005 Mike Erb

Discography

Mike Erb (self titled EP 2003)
Mike Erb Band - Live at the Barn (March 2006 release)
Mike Erb Band - Nowadays (March 2006 release)

The Mike Erb Band has received airplay on CBC and campus radio stations across Canada. Their songs have also been featured on CBS and CBC television programming.

All lyrics copyright 2005 Mike Erb
All music copyright 2005 Mike Erb Band

Set List

The M.E.B are currently playing from a list of 23 original songs.

1. Someday Sundays
2. The Deal
3. Shoot That Look
4. Once Before
5. Union 7
6. You're Fine By Me
7. Stars
8. Take it Back
9. Forgive and Forget
10. Don't Come Back
11. Goodbye
12. Tracked Me Down
13. Old Fashioned Way
14. Dallas
15. Wasting My Time
16. Chasing a Dream
17. Cold Outside
18. Finally Over You
19. Find it Hard
20. Slippery Day
21. Stay Close to Me
22. Seeds
23. Love Captured Me

M.E.B. are constantly writing new material which keeps the live shows fresh and original.