This Conspiracy Against Us
Eldridge Rodriguez (a.k.a. E.R.) is co-singer, co-songwriter, co-guitarist, and founder of the Boston noise-rock outfit The Beatings. In 2005, he began a series of 8-track reel-to-reel recordings with Greg Lyon (Pending Disappointment, The Spanish Armada), shortly after The Beatings finished up work on their Holding on to Hand Grenades album. While recording what would eventually become his first solo work, E.R. began another project simultaniously, writing, recording, and producing an album with his side project La Faccia Brutta, which features Greg Lyon and Dennis Grabowski (The Beatings). This spring (while putting final touches on the Brutta record), E.R. finished the solo album, 'This Conspiracy Against Us', and began playing shows in Boston with his backing band, The New Jerseys, which features Lyon, Willie Dale Scales (Spanish Armada), Dan Parlin on drums (replacing Justin Kehoe of Tom Thumb & Migration Trap fame), and sometimes Kamiko Darrow (La Faccia Brutta). The shows were well-received, and un-mastered, leaked copies of the album have been heard being played between sets at rock clubs in Boston and NYC. 'This Conspiracy . . .' is a 14-track noise- pop epic that jumps from noise-drenched piano ballads to sad, noise-drenched acoustic guitar and harmonica numbers, to straight-forward noise rockers, without losing the recording's common emotional thread - beware of everything. Early reviews of the disc have compared it to everything from Warren Zevon fronting The Fall to Glenn Branca jamming with The Bad Seeds. 'This Conspiracy . . .' was produced by E.R., Greg Lyon, and Ray Jeffery, and features guest vocals by Sarah Borges and Erin Dalbec (The Beatings). Pour yourself a stiff drink, make a list in your head of everyone who has done you wrong, sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds.