Slug Comparison IIb – Download

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These songs are dedicated to the memory of Eric Rose—roommate, friend, and creative accomplice. He was around a lot when Fen was getting started. His leg appears on the cover of the first album (2000), right next to the meat creature. He painted a Fen flag to hang up during shows, and his design became the band logo. The song “Dragonflies” (2003) was called “Eric Song” before it was released, because he was drumming when the main riff was born. His maniacal laughter can be heard in the fadeout of “Cockroach Eyelids” (2006); he couldn’t laugh on demand, so with the mic in front of him, he insisted I jab my fingers into his ribs as hard as I could, while he sat in a chair like a person interrogated, in the parking lot storage room where we were recording. In the lyrics of “Summer ‘99” (2016), Eric is remembered as “a friend with head in hand,” which recalls again the photo shoot for that first Fen album: while Sam and I were in his aunt and uncle’s kitchen in Fruitvale, figuring out how to stitch together the animal parts we’d brought from Vancouver, Eric showed up at the end of the driveway with a still-warm chicken head from a neighbour’s farm, this after swearing to us days before that he wanted nothing to do with the project. Now almost six years after his death, Eric is still part of my life and my music, and I don’t think these songs will be the end of his artistic visitations. I miss him all the time.
–Doug