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Eric Couch, Bass

Eric Couch

Having been bitten by the punk-rock bug in high school, Eric Couch abandoned a future of stability and comfort and plunged headlong into the debauchery of Portland’s nascent underground music scene. Barely able to play bass, he joined the primitive-sounding Eaters, recruited by that bands leader, Del Murry. Quickly learning his craft, he developed a trademark style: fast, noisy, ugly and technically wrong. Quote Eric: “Quantity is Quality!”

It is around this time that Eric first met future band-mates Dave Corboy and Mish Bondage. The Eaters evolved into the notorious Lockjaw, hated by many. Lockjaw released two records to a chorus of yawns and shrugs. After Lockjaw’s collapse, Eric and guitarist Shawn “Failure” McClelland began looking for a drummer to form a speed/death/thrash metal band. They were steered towards a teenaged Mike Teal.

Eager to corrupt this young man, they force-fed him a diet of powdered sugar and 40 oz. beers. Completely successful, they formed the ill-fated Machine. After Machines very ugly, very public demise, Eric and Mike contacted local guitar shredder and multi-purpose deviant Tom Parenteau, late of such metal headache bands as Dr. Mastermind, and the three of them created Bludgeon.

Eager to corrupt this young man, they fed him a diet of powdered sugar and 40 oz. beers. Completely successful in this endeavor, they formed the ill-fated Machine, with a dangerous school friend of Shawn's as vocalist. After Machines very ugly, very public demise, Eric and Mike contacted an old school-mate of Eric's, local guitar shredder Tom Parenteau, late of such metal headache bands as Dr. Mastermind, and the three of them created Bludgeon.

Wary of hiring some sort of criminal to be vocalist, Eric assumed that task as well as bassist. The trio played in the Portland area for several years, accomplishing very little of lasting value, but having a lot of fun. When Bludgeon broke up Eric took a couple years off, but was recruited into Sado-Nation, re-uniting with Mike and finally playing in a band with Mish and Dave..

Pulled back into action by Sado-Nation, he is once again raising sonic hell. Eric Couch replaced Dan Pozniak on bass in March of 2004.
Influences:

  • Kiss: Their first three albums, the rest are crap.
  • Ramones: You have to love Ramones, I think it’s actually a law.
  • D.O.A: Early bass player Randy Rampage was an on-stage madman
  • Black Flag: The early stuff, up to and including the Damaged album.
  • Discharge: Huge walls of crushing guitars and apocalypse.
  • D.R.I: Deal With It album full of insane speed and intensity.
  • Iron Maiden: Shrieking heavy-metal excess, with great bass playing.
  • Slayer: Ultimate power and devastation.
  • Reign in Blood is near perfect. Carnivore: Bass sounds straight from hell.
  • G.G. Allin: G.G. is dead, long live G.G. Allin.

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