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Dead Mans Ransom

I had chance to catch up with Eric Lauer, Singer/Guitarist for Dead Man´s Ransom this week after the release of their first record, Three Chords and the Truth and here´s where he bared all.


Where did the name Dead Man´s Ransom come from?

The band name was one I’ve had for over 15 years! Every project or group I’ve worked with since that time either didn’t like, thought it sounded to “country” or it just didn’t stick. When I mentioned it for this band everyone was cool with it so I was stoked!

How did DMR get together?

In the spring of 09 Mikes band was looking for a singer and his guitar player was from Nebraska (where I lived at the time) so he posted an add on a local website looking for a vocalist. I responded and drove from Omaha to Houston to audition. Everything went really well so my wife and I packed everything into 2 cars and just left. We needed a change and the perfect opportunity presented itself! The band fizzled out but Mike and I always hung out and jammed on the side. So a couple years ago I asked if he’d help with Dead Man’s Ransom & he agreed. From there we started doing shows and met Robert at one of those gigs. He noticed we didn’t have a bass player and was interested in jamming. After we worked with Robert we were officially off and running and have kept active since!

How long have DMR been together?

We’ve been pushing Dead Mans Ransom since Jan of 2011. We started out with a more aggressive/metal sound but decided to change things up a few months into it and go for an alternative-rock/blues/singer-songwriter style. Its been since December of 2011 with the current songs and sound though.

How does it feel to finally have your music out there?

It feels GREAT to finally have our songs out there with the new album! I’ve been doing nothing but hard rock and metal projects for the last 10 years so its nice to finally go back to my roots and do something I’m more comfortable with!

Did the record turn out how you had envisioned it?

It turned out good! As a musician you always hear things you want to go back and do-over though! Nothing is ever perfect. But for the time restraints and budget we were working with I’m very pleased with the way the new album turned out!

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe our sound as being a blend of alternative-rock, with a touch of blues and a singer/songwriter feel. The music is just straight forward with traditional arrangements. Not many guitar effects or over production. Just raw and real!

Are you planning a tour that includes Europe in the near future?

I would LOVE to tour…Europe or even the states for that matter! lol. If the opportunity for a tour ever presented itself Id be gone! …as long as I have enough money for gas station burritos, fuel for the transportation, and beer then id be good! haha

What made you put out an 8 track record?

We only did 8 songs on the album because of finances. I would have loved to put out a 12+ song release but when you’re a DIY artist you have to work with limitations at times. Hopefully someday we’ll be able to crank out some serious full length records. We definitely have the material for it!

Who are you listening to at the moment?

At the moment I´m listening to a lot of Hanni El Khatib, Dax Riggs, Lincoln Durham, Dege Legg, Blackberry Smoke, The Black Keys, and a ton of Waylon Jennings.

Who are your musical influences?

I grew up listening to a lot of Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam & Alice In Chains… all of the artists that were really influential in the 90’s

And finally, One for fun! :)

What´s your favorite pizza topping?

Favorite pizza topping? Oooo good one! haha. Cheese, Cheese, And MORE CHEESE! And pepperonis are pretty damn good too!


Three Chords and the Truth is available via Itunes and CD Baby now.


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