Mike Erb Band
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Mike Erb Band


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The best kept secret in music


"Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award"

2003 recipient of the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award - Leading Edge catagory - Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award

"About the recording"

“Whats so pleasing about the recording is Erb’s obvious skill at the Beatles-like melodies.” -KW Record
- KW Record

"About the band"

“Together, they are a power pop force.” -KW Record
- KW Record

"Solid as a rock"

“Mike alone offers a very pleasing delivery, and together with the entire group, a solid package, well rehearsed and solid as a rock.” - Fan


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


Feeling a bit camera shy


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.