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December 25, 1967|
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, lo-fi, hardcore punk|
|Instruments||Drums, guitar, vocals, percussion, bass, keyboards|
|Labels||Sub Pop, Domino, Homestead|
Eric Gaffney (born December 25, 1967, in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American songwriter and recording artist. Eric has been home recording on cassette since 1981, an active participant in the Western Mass Hardcore Scene, 1983-1984, founded, wrote songs for, & drummed with 'Grey Matter,' opening hall shows with Jerry's Kids, F.U.'s, The Big Boys, Raw Power, Adrenalin O.D., Siege, The Outpatients, Pajama Slave Dancers, Cancerous Growth, Zero Mentality, & Chronic Disorder.
Lead singer of "No Preservatives,' performed at a high school dance with 7 Seconds. Editor Withdrawal Fanzine, wrote scene reports for Maximum Rock 'N' Roll. In 1986, co-founded 'Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists' with the late Charlie Ondras. In 1988, did the artwork for, and tape duplication for the first Sebadoh release: 'The Freed Man' cassette, sold for 99 cents in a hand-decorated display box at "Main Street Records." The tape was favorably reviewed by Gerard Cosloy and resulted in a 3-Record deal with Homestead Records.
In 1989, co-founded and arranged for the first band practice of the indie rock band Sebadoh, Eric arranged the first local shows for Sebadoh, debut at Sheehan's Bar in Northampton, MA. (January, 1990) Eric created the cover art for 'Sebadoh III,' & the album art and title for 'Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock, 'Rockin' The Forest,' and titled 'Sebadoh Vs. Helmet,' and 'Bubble & Scrape.' Eric left the band in late 1993, after having toured with The Wedding Present, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Southwest U.S. Lollapalooza tour, and Glastonbury Festival.
Eric embarked on a solo career, playing shows in the Northeast and releasing 'It Lights Up & Spins Around' on cassette in 1998, performing and recording with his own project Fields of Gaffney, which had its debut with Royal Trux and Kim Gordon at The Cooler in New York City. 'Brilliant Concert Numbers' CD on Old Gold (Atlanta) 1999, a Sub Pop 'Singles Club' release in 2000, 'Nature Walk,' and 'Cosmic Chicken & Egg.' in 2003-2005, two Northwest U.S. mini-tours, a South By Southwest showcase, and shows in San Francisco and New York City. In 2006, 'Uncharted Waters' was released on Old Gold (Atlanta) and Handmade Records (Oslo) Eric performed at Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco in 2002, 2003, and 2007, and at CMJ in 1990, 1998, 2006.
In 2007 Sebadoh reformed with the original line-up as "Classic Sebadoh," with a full U.S. Tour. Domino reissue of 'Sebadoh III,' and 'The Freed Man.' 'Bubble & Scrape' was reissued on Domino/Sub Pop, Sebadoh toured Europe in 2008, including All Tomorrow's Parties, Primavera Festival, and co-headlining Pitchfork Festival 2008 with Public Enemy & Mission of Burma.
Gaffney is a vegan. He also resides in Northampton, Massachusetts. He currently sells music via his Bandcamp page, and has twenty records digitally distributed worldwide. Happy Soul released "America's Drug," a limited edition split-single on color vinyl, 2013, Academia released 'Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists' retrospective for Cassette Store Day, 2014. Joyful Noise released a limited edition "Cassetterospective" Box Set of ten cassette records, 2015. 'Land of Make Believe' and 'ghost of christmas future' released on Bandcamp, 2016
See Also Sebadoh discography
'Singles & Compilations'
Records with Sebadoh (1988-2008)
Single (Sub Pop) "Bouquet For A Siren" (1st version) 1993