Influential Album: Oryx & Crake’s Erich Netherton on Primus ‘Frizzle Fry’


This is a special week as we celebrate the upcoming release of Atlanta based Oryx & Crake‘s long awaited sophomore album, Marriage, due out September 25th via Deer Bear Wolf Records. This week each band member has shared an album that has had a major influence on them personally, and subsequently bled into Oryx & Crake’s new album.

Marriage is an album worth celebrating for it’s cinematic structure, ever surprising moments through sound experimenting from the collective, yet woven together tightly never losing the listener. Make no mistake, Marriage is an epic indie rock album crafted by husband and wife Ryan Peoples and Rebekah Goode-Peoples and the band over 4 years, tackling the journey that is marriage, which doesn’t have to be their own marriage or yours, but in a larger sense, real life. We will have more on the album itself in the future leading up to the official release. Check out their first single “Hold Hand For Dry Land”:

With Oryx & Crake’s very special album release show where you can get first peak of Marriage at The EARL in East Atlanta Village this Saturday (details below), we have been leading up to the show with frontman Ryan Peoples discussing an influential Sufjan Stevens album, cellist Matt Jarrard talks Pink Floyd, and violinist Karyn Lu speaking on Zoe Keating.

In this installment, Oryx & Crake’s drummer Erich Netherton talks his influential album from Primus:

Primus: Frizzle Fry

Oryx & Crake's Eric Netherton's Influential album: Primus 'Frizzle Fry'

Oryx & Crake’s Eric Netherton’s Influential album: Primus ‘Frizzle Fry’

My first time hearing this album was with my oldest brother and his friend driving in his car. They were in high school, I think I was twelve, I felt very f’ing cool. The lyrics were off the wall with their tales of a doomed fishermen, spaghetti westerns, and the difficulties of playing in bands. The guitar work was amazing, I didn’t even understand what was going on with the bass, and there was a monster behind the drums. This album and later releases molded my early drumming immensely. What resonated most with me was this band seemed to play what they wanted to play. Who else was writing songs like this, lyrically and musically. Quite a few as I would later find out. I always appreciate bands who seem to create for the love and passion of the music and not necessarily chasing the almighty dollar. Though I never begrudge a band’s commercial success.

I think this was my draw with working with Oryx & Crake.  When Ryan sent me Marriage to review before my audition I was struck by how the songs were so well crafted lyrically and musically. I got the sense this was the sound Oryx and Crake wanted to create. They created for themselves then releasing to you and if you connected with it beautiful if not, that’s cool too, but seriously buy it.

– Erich Netherton/Oryx & Crake

If you are anywhere near Atlanta this weekend, you don’t want to miss this celebration, the Marriage album release party.

Details: On Saturday the twelfth of September at nine o’clock in the evening, Oryx & Crake has a very special “Marriage” release show planned at The EARL with a reception to follow at the Brigantine Beer Parlor and Recreation Hall with Dot.s.

Your RSVP is requested here. Formal attire optional.

More On Oryx & Crake:


Facebook: @oryxandcrakeband

Twitter: @oryxncrake

Instagram: @oryxncrake

YouTube: Oryx and Crake

Soundcloud: oryxandcrake

Bandsintown: OryxAndCrake

Check out the gorgeous album artwork by Bo Bartlett:OandC-Marriage_Cover_hires 3


* #OpenEarsInfluencers is a series highlighting an album that had a major influence on artists, music industry folks, and music fiends alike’s love for music, an album that was really a catalyst and started it all for where they currently are in their musical journey. 


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