Conversation with Erik Rogers of Dangerous New Machine (ex-Stereomud)
By: Andrew Bilach
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It’s July. It’s hot. It’s humid. Autumn can’t come soon enough. With that said, I’m in a pretty good mood. Darius and I conducted an hour-long interview with Dangerous New Machine’s Erik Rogers, who you might remember as the frontman of Stereomud. Oh wait, should I have gone into music journalist mode and called them “alt-metal” to sound sophisticated? For those unaware, Stereomud was a hard rock band and they were damn good. I had the pleasure of seeing them several times, most notably on the first installment of the Music As A Weapon Tour at both the Convention Hall in disgusting Asbury Park, New Jersey, and at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Anyone who saw this tour remembers that in order to see Stereomud, you had to sit through Adema to get to Drowning Pool and Disturbed. I’d rather have an intelligent conversation with the clown in Slipknot than listen to an Adema record. Marky Chavez, their first frontman, is just a rung below Josey Scott on the annoyance scale. The entire band looked ridiculous. Google yourself a photo of this catastrophe and see for yourself. I’d embed one but this isn’t about Adema. I was just voicing some opinions. Erik has toured with Crazy Town, (hed)pe, and Saliva. I’m sorry, Erik. Oh, and if you listen to any of those bands – kill yourself.
Perfect Self came out on my 21st birthday, and I ended up borrowing the album from a friend’s girlfriend. I always hated the cover art, and it’s something I wanted to ask Erik about during our conversation, but it slipped my mind. It was a solid release, just like their 2003 follow-up, Every Given Moment. As far as I’m concerned, Every Given Moment is the better of the two records. I’m definitely in the minority, but keep in mind, it’s my opinion, and “better” is always subjective. By the way, my favorite track on that record, and my favorite Stereomud track, is Yesterday. Stereomud disbanded three months after the release of Every Given Moment. I always wondered what really happened, and this interview answered all my questions. It’s sad, because Stereomud had a wealth of potential, and as you’re about to see, some bad business decisions were the nail in the coffin.
I’m still shaking my head that Stereomud was denied a tour with Godsmack as direct support and a co-headlining run with Stone Sour – for no good reason. And, just trying to process that their label funding was yanked because Columbia wanted to get behind Memento is impossible. Never heard of them? Good. Neither have I. Oh wait, Darius has heard of them, which is why he’d bust them out after drinking six PBR’s at Rope in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Just taking a small stab at my boy from Georgia.
The conversation Darius and I had with Erik will appeal to everyone, not just his personal fans, not just fans of Stereomud, and not just people looking to investigate Dangerous New Machine. Over the years I heard only positive things about Erik from his peers and fellow musicians. After this “interview” I can definitely affirm those assertions are accurate. You’ll walk away from this interview going back in time to revisit Stereomud, exploring Dangerous New Machine, and most of all, wanting to support this phenomenal artist.
*As of Wednesday, August 5th, 2009, Stereomud has scanned 145,813 copies of Perfect Self and 31,510 copies of Every Given Moment.
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