Seamus Erskine
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Seamus Erskine

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
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"Seamus Erskine flies solo"

Seamus Erskine flies solo
Hefeweizen Highway channels German beer, David Lynch and a lot of time in the basement.
by Allison Saunders

Life is a Highway for Seamus Erskine.
Considering Seamus Erskine has been recording music in his parents' basement for the last 10 years, you could say that his first solo record was a long time coming. And Erskine (also of The Sweet Deals) took the solo part quite literally, taking the reigns and playing nearly every instrument you hear on

Hefeweizen Highway, with the exception of some help from Rob Crowell on keys. A sweet melody paired with an imagined highway beneath a rainbow of wheat beer isn't the only dreamy inspiration he drew from to get his unique, sometimes psychedelic, sound. "Over the past year or so, my daily routine has been saturated with listening to live Grateful Dead and watching David Lynch movies," Erskine says, who also credits his taste for "unfashionable" '70s prog-rockers like Genesis as influential. Fashionable or not, it looks like his road to success might just be paved with hefeweizen.

Wed July 27, Tribeca, 1588 Granville Street, 10pm, $5/$10 with CD - The Coast


I Should Buy An Olive (2012)

Hefeweizen Highway (2011)



Seamus Erskine is a multi-instrumentalist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Front man of “Halifax’s Most Irrelevant Band,” The Sweet Deals, he has also recorded a full- length album, Hefeweizen Highway and most recently, the EP I Should Buy An Olive. Both works were recorded at Echo Chamber in Halifax with producer and engineer Charles Austin (Joel Plaskett, Al Tuck). Influenced by artists including Frank Zappa, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, Genesis and The Grateful Dead, Erskine’s music is intricate and deranged - sometimes poppy and melodic, sometimes atonal and abstract. With the exception of some keyboard and piano parts by Rob Crowell (Deertick, Matt Mays), Erskine played all the instruments and wrote all the songs on these two records. Both Hefeweizen Highway and I Should Buy An Olive are available on Bandcamp.