I recently saw Fools Like Me at Love Buzz where they opened for the Chicago band, North by North, and they also happened to play three new songs for the first time. I got to sit down and talk with Eric (vocalist) for a bit about what they have done so far and what the band plans to do in the future. "Psychadelic lo-fi and dream pop could pretty much describe the sound of Fools Like Me". This band from la frontera is made up of Eric (vocals, guitar, sampler), Sergio (bass), Alex (synths), and Rudie (drums and pads).
I started off by asking Eric why they chose to name the band Fools Like Me. I mentioned that it's interesting that they chose a name in English, considering they are a band from Juarez and Spanish is their first language. Eric said he ultimately chose the name due to an interview he saw with Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips in which Wayne was asked how The Flaming Lips have been able to maintain their underground status. Wayne responded, "I do music for fools like me." Eric mentioned that that phrase really caught his attention and he kept seeing the phrase popping up randomly in his life including in one of his favorite songs by John Lennon.
In 2015, Eric worked and produced alongside Manuel Calderon of The Chamanas on what would end up being Vampires In My Head (LP). Since the release of Vampires in My Head, the band has been promoting their material. Last summer (2017), Fools Like Me released their first music video, Lost Paradise (below), which was filmed by Autumn Leave Films. Eric mentioned that the album started off as an experiment. He also mentioned that Manuel has been a long time friend of his and that they have collaborated before. "Two years ago, I had a few songs piled up and I didn't know what to do with them so I told Manuel about them. I was going through a rough time and I wanted to distract myself with music. We ended up producing the songs and loving them. I first wrote the album, got it produced, and then I formed the band." As mentioned, Eric wrote the album when he was going through a hard time and the songs "flowed and they just happened to be in English."
On another note, regarding the video Lost Paradise, in which one can see there are different versions of Eric, he mentioned that there is a part in the song that says "I am loosing my mind" and that is why there are different versions of himself throughout the video. The character in the video is loosing his mind due to his love for a girl.
I want to thank the guys and I invite everyone to go check them out and follow their social media. They are also currently touring!! Go check them out:
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