Aerial Ruin is the solo project of Erik Moggridge whose current and former
bands include Old Grandad, Drift of a Curse the late eighties/early nineties
thrash metal band Epidemic. Though there is much more to him as you can hear
through his music and lyrics. Once you hear his latest album, ďValleys of the
EarthĒ you wonít be able to stop. I had the opportunity to talk with Erik about
his album, inspirations and future plans.
Hey Erik, thanks for doing the interview! Howís everything going?
Erik: Itís going great, thanks!
Can you give us some background came together? Yeah, this started out as a recording only project about 10 years ago. I
recorded 4 tracks to sell as an EP but pretty much gave them away to friends and
whoever else wanted to hear it. I also sent off the EP to Aquarius Records. I
kept writing songs, recorded one with my buddy Erik Peterson from Lost Goat,
great band from San Francisco, this was back in 2005. I started touring and
doing more shows in 2008 in California and Oregon. Started working on this album
back in 2010 and got picked up by Vendlus Records and released the album. Now
Iím just working on more songs and been playing more shows around Portland and
San Francisco.How would you describe your music? Thatís a hard question, a lot of the times I say if you like Mark Flannegan
or if you like Pink Floyd then youíll definitely like this album. Pink Floyd has
been a huge influence in my life. Elliot Smith is someone who Iíve been
listening to a lot too. I wouldnít say heís an influence but heís been inspiring
definitely. If anything I would call it acid rock or doom rock or metal. Yeah, Itís definitely carry doom-like qualities. Itís mellow but itís also
How has the feedback been for ďValleys of the EarthĒ? Been really good. A lot of people have been showing up to the shows. You
know not everybodyís in the mood for a mellow thirty-minute set and I try not to
take it personally (laughs) but for the most part the feedback has been great.
Itís the kind of album where people who like it REALLY like it. Theyíre not just
into it a little bit.
What are some of the inspirations behind the songs? A lot of its personal, it talks a lot about the loss of self. Itís a lot
about the spiritual conscious, how as people get wrapped in ourselves and in our
egos and then we tip over to that point where we just completely lose ourselves.
A lot of your past projects were on the heavier side, what made you decide to
do more of a mellower project like Aerial Ruin? It was something I wanted to do that a little more of a personal nature.
Something that had a different energy, I think I needed to do that. This is on a
different level where thereís not a lot of competition in this field. Like I
said Pink Floyd has always been a huge influence on me so I think it was
inevitable to do this project. Thereís not that massive musical force that was
there when I played in bands like Epidemic and Old Granddad, donít get me wrong,
those are some incredible musicians but itís just good to be something different
Who worked with you on the album? I transferred about Ĺ of the album but my friend which I think you know him
too actually, Jef Leppard, recorded it and we both mixed it, it took about a
year to finish it all but it came out really great. There was a lot left that we
didnít put on the album, probably about Ĺ of the material.
What are some plans for you, are going to be touring or working on some more
music? Yeah, I have about six shows coming up in San Francisco, in Eugene and
Portland. Iíd like to play as many shows as possible. Iíve been daydreaming
about going over to the East Coast one day, hopefully itíll happen soon. Itís
been a dream of mine to tour Europe also.
Any words for your fans? Just thanks so much for all the support!
Thank you again for doing the interview, I really appreciate it! Cheers, thanks Kate!