Interview: Eric Egan (Heart Attack Man)

Interviews / News / Special Features / March 3, 2017

In 2016, Cleveland’s Heart Attack Man was named one of the 35 Ohio Bands You Need To Hear ASAP. This year, the duo of Eric Egan and Adam Paduch are releasing The Manson Family, their first full-length album, and one sporting some mystery surrounding it in the months leading up to its release.

They’re currently on tour with Head North, and Eric took some time off to chat with us via email about the album, working with Modern Baseball’s Ian Farmer, and an ideal Waffle House meal while on the road.

Modern Vinyl: To begin, could you give us a brief oral history of how the band got its start?

Eric Egan: The band started out as a solo recording project of mine. I didn’t originally plan on playing shows or writing songs longer than two minutes, but after a really positive local response, I changed my mind and then Adam joined and we’ve remained the core of the band. I recorded an EP soon after and now we have our first full-length record.

MV: Your new album, “The Manson Family,” is set to be released this week. What’s the story behind the album?

EE: The “story” of the album is subjective, but it is objectively the product of an irrational paranoia of being hated by all my friends.

MV: What brought on that irrational paranoia of being hated by your friends?

EE: Someone that I thought was my friend was filling my head with lies and rumors. That, coupled with being bipolar made it easy to feel that way.

MV: Why did you work with Ian Farmer on the record?

EE: We worked with Ian because he wanted to record us. He’s a really good friend of ours, the most chill dude in the world, and has a really good attitude and approach to music.

MV: What’s it like being on a new imprint of Triple Crown Records?

EE: It’s cool! Definitely a unique opportunity. Peanut from You Did This and Fred from Triple Crown are awesome dudes that are passionate about music and don’t make me feel like an idiot.

MV: One of the songs that really left an impression on me is “Funhouse Mirrors.” What’s the story behind that track?

EE: I’m glad you like it. The part with the bells is my favorite moment of the album. I wanted to write a song that had a long guitar/vocal intro and when I thought of the name I had Pee Wee’s Playhouse in mind.

MV: Why call it “The Manson Family”? Is there a weird interest with that family in particular?

EE: It’s a metaphor. I personally felt like I was disaffecting from a lot of what was around me. I know the album title will evoke certain feelings and images, but it’s not meant to glorify The Manson Family.

MV: What’s the story behind the little mystery of the album going missing?

EE: I was at the Lakewood Dog Park playing with my dog, and next thing I know when I get back to my car, my window was smashed out and the master recordings were gone. Weirdest thing to have ever happened to me.

MV: So, what happened with the missing record? Did you have to re-record the whole thing? Did the police ever find it? Who would steal the masters of an album anyway?

EE: We filed a police report but the police were overall dismissive and not helpful. We eventually recovered it ourselves after hearing about its supposed whereabouts for months. Someone we know stole it. I couldn’t tell you exactly why; my only logical guess is that they didn’t want anyone else to hear it, but needless to say we’re not cool with them anymore.

MV: Your tour with Head North has kicked off. What are you looking forward to most about life on the road for a bit?

EE: I’m mainly just really motivated and excited about showing people The Manson Family. I also would like to go to some thrift stores and maybe a shooting range?

MV: Speaking of tour life, what’s your ideal Waffle House meal?

EE: My ideal Waffle House meal is a water and a coffee, a waffle, 3-5 orders of extra crispy hash browns, capped, smothered, and peppered…maybe an over-medium egg if I’m off my leash, and then a to-go cup of coffee when it’s all over. One time I went to a Waffle House with my friend Jesse and I got nine orders of hash browns. The employees were trash talking me saying I wouldn’t be able to finish all of them, but I did and showed them who’s boss. I physically wasn’t able to drive after, so Jesse did and this was also at two in the morning.

The Manson Family will be released on Friday via Triple Crown Records’ new imprint, You Did This. Pre-orders for the album are still up here, featuring a digital download, a CD, or a green vinyl variant. They’re currently on Head North’s 2017 Northeastern Tour. Dates and more info on the tour can be found over at Head North’s website.

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Meghin Moore
Meghin Moore is a Penn State grad and Pennsylvania native who resides in Virginia, happily nestled between Washington, D.C. and Richmond. She's the site's Managing Feature Editor, as well as one of the two Missaligned Podcast co-hosts. When she's not eating her weight in burritos or attending various concerts, she can often be found reading a book or trying to keep tabs on the latest news happening around the world.

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