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Eric Goulden, the man everyone knows as Wreckless Eric, is a rare example of an older and established artist who hasn’t lapsed into comfortable formulas. His latest album Transience has been universally acclaimed alongside 2016's ‘amERICa' and 2018's Construction Time & Demolition as his best work.
For live performances, Eric draws on material from all stages of his forty something year career — he may even play a tune or two from his early days on the Stiff record label including of course Whole Wide World, though this certainly won’t be a leisurely stroll through the glory days of nostalgia. Using his huge-sounding acoustic guitar, electric piano, and electric guitar through a series of homemade fuzz boxes and electronic devices, he takes audiences on an emotionally and sonically challenging voyage in and out of dissonance, soundscapes, and great moments of pop.
The achievement for Wreckless Eric is to have made new music that connects to old music without maudlin nostalgia or huffy defensiveness, refusing to let age dim the passion for the music that means the most to him. In other words, he rocks.
FRESH AIR / NPR May 2019
Eric delivers tough, deceptively simple songs packed with more hindsight, rage and gallows humour than more celebrated talents manage in a lifetime....references Ray Davies and Neil Young and stands proud in their company, winding on till accumulated wisdom and despair become devastating…burns like a lost Crazy Horse classic.
SHINDIG! April 2019
In a world that’s decreasingly whole and wide, the last post-pub genius carries on... The most remarkable record of its kind since his last one, Transience is another reminder that Eric Goulden is arguably the only one of his Stiff-era peers to remain a scarily powerful and forward-moving musical threat.
MOJO May 2019
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