E: Erick Anderson
WCW: “You just released a 10 song demo back in September. How did quarantine influence or inspire your songwriting process?”
E: It made me very sad. I felt alone, but I always feel alone…except this time I could die.
WCW: “In your song “Not Ready”, you claim that no one’s favorite bands are better than yours. If that’s the case, what are your favorite bands/artists?”
E: That line in that song was really I dive at myself, because I feel like I don’t like what a lot of other people like so I come off as an elitist. There’s also some truth to it, b/c I don’t give other people’s likes or dislikes the time of day. My favorite bands are the Beatles, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Guns’n’Roses.
WCW: “As Throw Away, what artists have influenced you the most?”
E: That’s a good question. Obviously Weezer…and then Fall out Boy, Ezra Furman, and my friend Max Brebes project Baby Katy and Half-way Boy.
WCW: “Care to elaborate on the lyrical themes and subject matter of these new songs?”
E: Half of the songs are about personal issues. For example, “Not Ready” is about the things I don’t really like about myself, and like how also those things I don’t really like myself are hard to admit to myself and others. And then there are songs like “Last Breath” and “Bruised” that are about my parents (“Last Breath” being about my mother and “Bruised” being about my dad), and if you listen to those songs then they’re pretty straight forward. The other half of songs are kind of like me being scared of dying from situations I can’t control, but at the same time, I’m pretty suicidal (I rather die by my own hand then in a way without control). Basically the whole thing is about depression., but then there are songs like ”Alive” when I have moments of clarity and I don’t want to die, and I really want to see things through.
WCW: “Do you see yourself re-recording these songs in the future with a full band (if given the chance)?”
WCW: “In addition to releasing this demo, you’ve also been busy with acrylic painting. What inspired you to start painting and is this something you see yourself continuing in the future?”
E: I started painting, b/c my junior year of High school, I was in a basic art class, and then we had a bunch of projects that I didn’t want to do, and the teacher said “I can continue to talk to people as long as I’m doing art regardless if it’s for the project that we’re doing or not. So I started mixing colors around, kinda at random, while I just hung out with the few people I knew in class. The teacher ended up liking what I was doing, so I just kept doing it, and it just became sort of an outlet for me. I just do it without any sort of planning, it’s just something I can do without thinking, and I’ve been doing it for 10 years now, and I’ll probably keep doing it until I die.
WCW: “This past year, the United States (as well as other countries across the globe) have experienced a level of protest and civil unrest not seen since the 1960s following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In light of this, we’ve seen a strong revival of the BLM movement and with its strong support for Black artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, etc. What has your experience as a Black artist and musician been like before and after this change?”
E: So before, I was pretty much ignored a lot. The band I used to be in was called Fuss, and I sang the songs for the most part in that band and no one really watched us or paid attention, and then now with this project by myself, the tracks I put out are not really paid attention to, but that could be due to quality, but live shows have been kinda similar experience. There have been more people to see me in this band then in my previous band, but still very few people respond to the music that I play. But since the BLM movement, it’s been unchanged.
WCW: Why do you think this hasn’t changed much?
E: Either the people I know or know me, don’t think I’m traditionally black enough, or maybe the music quality throws them off. Sometimes I think if I was a more Brock Hampton style or Odd Future, then more people would listen or back me up. Also, sometimes I think if I did the same music that I’m doing now, but was a tall, lanky, white kid with curtain hair, then people would be more interested- those Mac DeMarco fans.
WCW: “What are your thoughts on the current state of the BLM movement and its future? Any positive things you see happening that you want to see continue? Any issues or problems that you think should be addressed?”
E: I feel like it’s stopped, at least until the next time around. I know there are still people out there fighting and protesting, but it’s not enough to be visible. The amount of people that were in support in June have gone back to their habits of passive support. One of the positive things that has happened is that non-black people finally listen to why Black people feel so tense here in the U.S. Other than that, they kinda just listen and just left us again, and that’s an issue.
WCW: Would you say that the “passive support” ties in with a lack of sincerity or seriousness in the movement?
E: Yeah, I feel that a lot of people used the BLM as an accessory to their personality and how they represent themselves, and didn’t actually do anything to help people. Of course thanks to the people that did, but for the people that didn’t, I’ve heard about people protesting for like an hour, posting it, and then dipping. And then people, posting pictures of themselves with a BLM caption, but they’re white as snow, and now those people aren’t spreading information or awareness anymore. They might still have BLM on Instagram or a fist as their profile picture, but they’re lives are normal again and it feels that mine has a target now because of the bull shit.
When everybody was involved there was a lot more communication. For example, some mysterious says post black squares, everyone posts black squares, and within maybe a few hours they said “Don’t post black squares, it buries information”, then all the black squares are gone. Now, some of the people who are still participating don’t really share that communicative ability that was present before. Not only that, but it feels like that they follow a certain set of rules that they decided rather than continuing to listen to what Black people have to say. So it’s kinda backfired.
WCW: “What are some current or new artists/bands that have caught your attention in recent years? Anyone doing anything innovative or cool?”
E: I’d say M.A.G.S., he’s kinda interesting. Berhana, he does sort of upbeat-ish R&B music. Kyle Dion is also good.
WCW: “Prior to Covid-19, the scene here in the Central Coast seemed to be on an uptick. What do you expect to see from the Central Coast DIY music scene once shows start happening again? Do you expect to see a continuation of this or do you expect more of a flash in the pan?”
E: I’d expect it to be more of a flash in the pan. It will probably fizzle out in three months, because people end up taking things for granted. When you don’t have something for a long, it’s all you can think about, but once you get it back, after a while you start to take it for granted just like you did before.
WCW: “What are things you would like to see more of (or less of) here in the central cost DIY scene?”
I would love to see more interesting bands that don’t try so hard to be their heroes, and really try and do stuff different yet also keeping some pop sensibilities. I would love to see less of the white kid jam bands that love to bring back that Burger Records-era feeling. It’s over. It’s done. It’s tired. Also no more dad-punk bands.
WCW: “What’s the best Weezer album ever, and what’s the worst?”
E: Pinkerton is the best, and Raditude is the worst.
WCW: “Who would win in a Dragon Ball Z styled bar fight and how: Rivers Cuomo or Pete Wentz?”
E: Neither. They would just share poetry with each other, and talk about relationships.