Exuding a sound that’s as timeless as it is modern, Providence rock trio Eric and the Nothing hark back to rock and roll’s glory days by taking bits and pieces of ’50s and ’60s, while keeping things contemporary by being part of the city’s burgeoning garage rock scene. With their second EP, Hot Shrimp, guitarist/vocalist Eric Tidd croons lovesick ballads while the steady bass and drums comes from the fantastic rhythm section of Chuck Perry and Billy Moretti. What really gives it the edge is the rawness of Tidd’s guitar, giving each track an honest and genuine quality.
Produced by Moretti at Cigarette Studios located over the bridge in East Providence, a clear and pristine quality is noticeable with each track on Hot Shrimp. Walking a fine line with Tidd’s gritty riffs, the EP makes you want to listen to it over and over again with the hooks and rhythms captivating you right when Tidd’s strumming kicks off “If I Didn’t Care.” The jumping bass line that anchors “Monster I’ve Become,” a short little ditty that is bound to kickstart any dance party, is an immediate favorite. With only four tracks, the no frills and heartfelt Hot Shrimp flows like a cool breeze that you’ll want to feel on repeat.
Catch Eric and the Nothing tomorrow night at the wonderful Powers Pub (our new favorite place to catch a show) located in the Pawtuxet Village area of Cranston with Moretti’s rockabilly project Rumble Party and a solo set from the Quahogs’ Stev Delmonico. Along with spectacular bout of live music, the best part is that the show is free and Powers Pub has delicious $3 craft beer specials you can imbibe in without burning a hole in your wallet.