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Mansfield, MA
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Thomas Whitehead (Vocals)
Jesse Small (Guitar)
Bobby Washburn (Guitar/Vocals)
Jon Perri (Bass)
Jared Tocci (Drums)

Formed in the suburbs of Boston, Ericson came together in the winter of 2004 when high school friends Thomas Whitehead, Jared Tocci and Jon Perri decided to start something new and fresh out of the played-out New England music scene. After playing in various bands throughout high school, Thomas, Jared and Jon decided to start taking their music more seriously and really make a name for themselves in the scene. The trio was then introduced to guitarists Jesse Small and Brandon McCullock who immediately clicked musically and added a new element to the band. After practicing for months and writing songs via the internet from their separate college dorm rooms, Ericson finally decided they had enough material and money saved up to head into the studio and self-release their debut EP.

This release entitled “Resting On Right Now” was recorded during the summer of 2005 with producer John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, The Ataris, Brand New) at Nada Recording Studio in New York. This diverse EP helped Ericson form their own niche in the Boston music scene being able to play with almost any act in the area. Their first single, “Hesitations”, also got some airplay on local radio stations and surrounding college radio shows. After a few months of playing shows and promoting “Resting On Right Now”, Brandon decided to leave the band and was replaced with their high school friend Bobby Washburn (formerly of Lancaster, the band now known as Boys Like Girls). Ericson instantly picked up momentum and started to gain popularity as they played all over the New England area.

During the summer of 2006, Ericson decided to take their band to the next level. They took out a loan for a 15-passenger van and trailer to embark on their first self-booked east coast tour for eight weeks. This summer tour started to make Ericson a household name by giving them the opportunity to share the stage with such acts as the Vans Warped Tour, The Jonas Brothers (Hollywood Records), Cheyenne Kimball (Epic Records, MTV’s “Cheyenne”), Cartel (Wind-Up Records), Boys Like Girls (Columbia Records), Copeland (Columbia Records) and many more talented artists. This led to internet buzz, which caused their Myspace site to have over 275,000 plays and over 35,000 friends to date. By playing over a hundred shows in less than two years, Ericson has always put an emphasis on their energetic and powerful live show.

In winter 2007, Ericson decided to take some time off from touring to focus on writing their next release. Their self-titled EP, “Ericson”, was released in August of 2008 and features five brand new songs that the members of Ericson wrote, recorded and produced all on their own in their rehearsal space. This five-song, self-titled release encompasses everything Ericson has been trying accomplish during the last few years. With original and intelligent songwriting combined with catchy hooks and rhythms, Ericson is trying to appeal to a broader audience of music lovers everywhere. If this release is any indication to what Ericson is capable of doing, expect to see big things from these five young men from Massachusetts.
 
 
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