This is Eric Coomer’s first solo endeavor. Â He is the lead singer for KNAPSACKHEROES!, a worship leader at his church, a husband, and a father. Â In listening to this EP I would most certainly add the title of talented musician to the mix as well. Â The music on the EP defies one set genre alternating between singer-songwriter, rock, pop, and even a little Americana as well. Â A good amount of the funding for the EP was through Kickstarter. Â The EP was produced by Andrew Osenga and was made available to the public in November of 2012 on Eric’s website and Facebook page, with a wider release to come.
In looking over his website Eric mentions the songs on this EP are auto-biographical in nature. Â I had already come to this conclusion before looking at his website because it is the only way to explain how much heart is thrown into these songs. Â This is genuine. Â This is sincere. Â The majority of the songs lean towards a slower pop or singer-songwriter groove. Â The pictures that he paints with words are vivid.
You hear it in the first song. Â You can feel theÂ lonelinessÂ and heart breaking pain that comes in the aftermath of a relationship. Â That detail, that longing carries on through other songs on the album. Â Each song paints a picture of life in the midst of struggle and pain, but not without hope.
Plus when he rocks out, he really rocks out. Â The song ‘Let’s Drive’ is one that begs to be thrown on repeat, with the top down, and the accelerator pushed to the floor.
There isn’t anything legitimately bad here. Â The album is well produced. Â The musicianship is top notch. Â The lyrics are heartfelt, without being trite or cliche. Â The only two minor complaints I have: Â 1. It’s an EP so it’s too short and 2. Only one real upbeat, rocking song. Â That’s not to say it’s a downbeat or depressing album, it isn’t. Â It’s just the one rocker has whet my appetite for more.
But don’t just take my word for it, take a listen here and then go buy it:
Let’s keep good artists, like Eric, making music.