Raised in various suburbs of Seattle and Tacoma, Eric moved to Bellingham, WA. during his college years, where he earned a B.S. in geology; a degree pursued more out of love of the subject matter and less out of a desire for a career. It was during this time that he got involved in the local music scene, experimenting with 4-track recording and playing in various local bands. The most notable of these is Delay, a psychedelic space-rock band whose tenure on the Bellingham music scene was brief (lasting from 2001 to 2003), but forceful. Despite having a rapidly growing fan base and a newly recorded debut album, Delay took its last breath in 2003. A cd reissue is in the works.
Soon after Delay broke up, Woodruff moved down to Seattle and almost immediately began recording song ideas with his friend Dylan Rieck. After buying a cheap drum set and a couple of microphones, “Prosser” was unofficially born in the basement. Woodruff played every instrument on the original recordings except for the cello, provided by Dylan Rieck.
The entire creative process of “Prosser” has been something new for Woodruff, who stated, "I didn't know I was going to have an album until most of these songs were recorded, it was just something I was doing in my basement. Part for fun, part out of necessity to get thoughts and feelings out of my head and into a physical form…" Usually, Woodruff enjoys the creative coordination that two or more songwriters can have. He generally even prefers it and believes that his best work is produced in a cooperative environment. However, “Prosser” is an exception, as he only had himself to turn to. This very personal approach to songwriting can be felt on the finished product.
Guest spots on the record include ex-Delay member Josh Haupt playing guitar on "Summer Song #1", and producer Paul Turpin playing organ, rhodes, and mellotron on several songs.
To translate these recordings onto the stage, Eric has recruited a full band consisting of various Seattle-area musicians. The cast includes his brother Brian Woodruff (guitar), Peter David (bass), Eric Peters (drums), and on occasion where an acoustic set is appropriate he is joined by Dylan Rieck (cello). The band has been playing shows around Seattle to a very favorable response, gaining momentum for the March 13, 2007 release via Clickpop’s new distribution arrangement with the spinART label. A subsequent tour will take place in the spring of 2007.
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