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Interview: The Ergs

One of NJ's favorite pop-punk groups, The Ergs are slated to reunite for the first time since their 2008 break-up this Sunday at Asbury Lanes. The two benefit shows set up to help raise money for their friend's mother with Cancer both sold out instantly. Singer/drummer, Mike Yannich was nice enough to answer some of the questions we had for him regarding the group's reunion. To find out what the members of The Ergs have been up to, what their reunion show setlists are going to include and what they are looking forward to most this Sunday, check out the interview below!


It's really cool of you guys to reunite in order to raise money for your friend's mother with cancer. If a reason like that had not come up, do you think you guys would have ever ended up reuniting?

I doubt it. Not that we're not still tight with each other but we're all pretty busy with our own other projects and stuff.


What is everybody up to these days?

I've been keeping busy with House Boat, Ergquist The Slow Death, The Dopamines and my own solo shows. Joe has been playing and writing in Night Birds and Jeff has been playing and writing in Black Wine.


You chose to play your last show at Asbury Lanes and now you're playing your only two reunion shows there. What do you love most about the venue?

They've just always been really great to us. Aside from a couple of new brunswick basements its the one venue that felt like our home base. It would have felt weird to have the last shows anywhere else.


You guys had your fair share of success through out your career. With that said, do you have any regrets towards how things turned out/ended with The Ergs? Anything you would have liked to have done differently? 

I don't think so. I'm really happy with the way we worked. We did everything ourselves and it's a lot more rewarding when you're successful doing things on your own terms.


What is your favorite Ergs memory?

That's a tough one. there are so many great memories. I think for me, recording upstairs/downstairs. WOrking with Conrad Uno has been a dream of mine since i was like 14. He was a blast to work with and it's my favorite record we've done.


What can people expect to hear from your reunion shows setlists?

I think people will be pleased. We'll mostly play the classics but we've got a couple surprises up our sleeves.


Both of your reunion shows sold out instantly. Did you anticipate this type of reaction?

Not at all. I figured it would probably sell out but I wasnt expecting it to happen in three minutes or whatever it was. That was a nice feeling. to know people still cared.


Many would attribute apart of The Ergs initial success to the support of the NJ music scene. Any words of advice for young NJ bands trying to build up a local following?

Just keep playing. When we started, very few people wanted to hear us. We kept going and eventually built up a loyal following. It just takes a little patience and time.


What are you looking forward to most regarding these reunion shows?

I'm really looking forward to playing with Joe and Jeff again. I feel that they are my musical soulmates and I've really missed it.

Reader Comments (4)

what does Mike have to do with The Dopamines???
November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave
psyched for Sunday! Wonder what these tricks up their sleeves are...
November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternb
November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPie
Even more pumped for Sunday now.
November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

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