A music machine to rely on
Eric Barry, Eric Delaney use chemistry to rock OTP each week
November 7, 2008
Steamboat Springs — It would not be entirely accurate to say, as Eric Barry and Eric Delaney jokingly do, that the two started playing music together at a Tupperware party. But it wouldn’t be a total miss.
“I was always going over late-night to people’s houses, and I never had drums with me,” Eric Barry said about how his two-man local rock act came together. “So I was always pulling out pot and pans and Tupperware and playing on those.”
One night while Barry was making the best of a friend’s kitchen collection, Eric Delaney joined in to jam. The music didn’t stop for a couple of hours, and the two have been playing together regularly since. Most Wednesday nights, Barry and Delaney can be found at the Old Town Pub, playing drums and guitar as Me & Ed’s Music Machine.
Both say they landed in Steamboat Springs after years on the road with various rock acts, and have, for the moment, trading in living in a van for living in the mountains. The duo plays rock music from the 1950s to the 1990s, drawing on Barry’s love of bands like Metallica at the same time as Delaney’s liking of ’70s R&B.
Barry and Delaney talked with 4 Points about how they started playing together, what makes their two-man act sound like a full band and what kinds of music brought them to where they are.
4 POINTS: Where does the name Me & Ed’s Music Machine come from?
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ERIC DELANEY: We had played a show, and they called us Eric and Eric, and then everyone was calling us that. We decided we needed to come up with something more original. : I’ve been called E.D. or Ed since I was in about fourth grade. We’re both the same age and we’re both named Eric, so we had to pick a name.
4 POINTS: What do you think stands out about your band?
ERIC Barry: I would say one of the most interesting things about it is that we’re only a two-piece, but we can sound as big as a full band.
4 POINTS: How do you get a bigger sound out of two people?
EB: I think energy has a lot to do with it, and listening to each other and having that dynamic.
ED: And liking each other in the first place.
4 POINTS: Do you still play pots and pans and Tupperware every once in a while?
ED: The other night, we were recording the doorstop.
EB: You can make a percussion instrument out of almost anything. Music is all about the imagination; it’s what you create.
4 POINTS: How would you describe a typical show?
ED: We definitely try to cater to the crowd as much as we can, but there’s always someone in the crowd who wants to hear ‘Freebird.’ I’ll give them the first couple of chords.
4 POINTS: What do you think accounts for the musical chemistry you were describing?
EB: I think we’ve both been playing professionally for a good majority of our lives.
ED: We’re always smiling at each other, and I think the crowd notices that. : Something will trigger in our brains at the same time, and it’s almost like we’ll come up with the same beat.
EB: We’ll both play the same thing even before we know we’re going to.
ED: And we never talk about what we’re going to play before we play it – there’s no set list. It’s just next song, next song, next song.
4 POINTS: Do you plan to change anything up as you keep playing through the winter?
EB: We’re still creating, and we’re still trying to write new stuff. It would be nice if we could get out on the road.
ED: We’ve both been in bands where it was about trying to make a living off of it and be successful, and that’s not where we are. That would be great, but it’s about having fun.