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Heavy, But Not Metal: Trailerpark Rockstar

You ask me, "Was it worth it all?" I say "Yes" with all my might 'Cause I live in a Lakeside trailer park and everything's gonna be all right. -- Country Dick Montana

How the band name Trailerpark Rockstar came about: "Our singer in Pantera'd is a mail carrier." Eric Meyer plays guitar in a tribute band that venerates the Texas hard rockers Pantera. "One day he comes in and he's all excited. He says he was delivering mail in a trailer park in Santee, and a lady came out and stopped him. She said I know you -- you're in that band Pantera'd. He stayed and signed autographs. And I said that's it, you're a trailer park rock star." He laughs.

Meyer calls from El Cajon. He's parked somewhere on Prospect, near the little air strip called Gillespie Field, and it's noisy in the background while we talk. But Eric is used to noise. For one thing, he's been in a handful of local hard rock bands over the years, Brick Bath being the better known of them. From an excerpt in the web-zine Metallion:

Brick Bath [was] a San Diego-based thrash metal act. The band was formed in 1996. The band signed with Chainsaw Records and went directly into the studio to record its debut album entitled Scarred. Shortly after mixing the record, that label folded. Brick Bath signed with Pavement/Crash in 2001 and re-issued an album entitled I Won't Live the Lie in early 2002. They were also featured with a couple of their tracks on the Extreme Sports DVD Slednecks Trilogy, which also featured a track by Rob Zombie. The band cancelled the second leg of its US tour in late 2005 and left Crash Music after encountering a lack of support and communication from the label.

"We worked our asses off for the label and got nothing, Meyer says. "To this day, we still get nothing. The label's not supposed to be selling any of our records, but they still do."

Meyer is also a general contractor when he's not making music. For the last year, he's been in charge of the expansion of an East County brewery. "They like our music," he says, "and they gave us some rehearsal space and in turn, we became their house band." He says that Trailerpark Rockstar got a permanent band practice room when the new plans were drawn up. "You can't go wrong rehearsing in a brewery."

Trailerpark Rockstar, he says, "sounds like anything that would get played on Rock 105.3 radio." With Corey Mitchell on vox, Rich Varville plays bass and James Raub is Trailerpark's drummer. "The project started two and a half years ago with different members." That's all such well-traveled territory, hard rock and metal. What's a band got to do to bring something to the table that's original?

"Nobody's gonna reinvent the hard rock wheel, but we like to interact with our fans and put on a show. We bring the full package," he says, "and give them something to sink their teeth into."

Trailerpark Rockstar has an eponymous CD, some funny videos, and has performed at Hollywood's Key Club, at Brick by Brick, the Manzanita Brewing Company (where they have residency,) and at Lacy J's, the old Magnolia Mulvaney's in Santee. They've opened for George Lynch's band Lynch Mob, Adema, and Hurt. They are razor tight, highly skilled, and aggressive in the musical way of all head-bangers.

Meyer is a Dean guitar endorsee himself and he shows up at gigs with two 300-watt Line 6 heads and four 4x12 Basson cabs. He packs all that firepower into a club-size venue? That's gear enough for an arena. "Hell, the bass player plays through two 8x10 cabinets," he says. He laughs. "We bring a rock and roll show, man."

Sapporo Presents Trailerpark Rockstar June 22 at Brick by Brick with the Blitz Brothers, the Grass Heat, and Ben Powell. 619.275.LIVE, doors 7pm, music 9pm, $7

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You ask me, "Was it worth it all?" I say "Yes" with all my might 'Cause I live in a Lakeside trailer park and everything's gonna be all right. -- Country Dick Montana

How the band name Trailerpark Rockstar came about: "Our singer in Pantera'd is a mail carrier." Eric Meyer plays guitar in a tribute band that venerates the Texas hard rockers Pantera. "One day he comes in and he's all excited. He says he was delivering mail in a trailer park in Santee, and a lady came out and stopped him. She said I know you -- you're in that band Pantera'd. He stayed and signed autographs. And I said that's it, you're a trailer park rock star." He laughs.

Meyer calls from El Cajon. He's parked somewhere on Prospect, near the little air strip called Gillespie Field, and it's noisy in the background while we talk. But Eric is used to noise. For one thing, he's been in a handful of local hard rock bands over the years, Brick Bath being the better known of them. From an excerpt in the web-zine Metallion:

Brick Bath [was] a San Diego-based thrash metal act. The band was formed in 1996. The band signed with Chainsaw Records and went directly into the studio to record its debut album entitled Scarred. Shortly after mixing the record, that label folded. Brick Bath signed with Pavement/Crash in 2001 and re-issued an album entitled I Won't Live the Lie in early 2002. They were also featured with a couple of their tracks on the Extreme Sports DVD Slednecks Trilogy, which also featured a track by Rob Zombie. The band cancelled the second leg of its US tour in late 2005 and left Crash Music after encountering a lack of support and communication from the label.

"We worked our asses off for the label and got nothing, Meyer says. "To this day, we still get nothing. The label's not supposed to be selling any of our records, but they still do."

Meyer is also a general contractor when he's not making music. For the last year, he's been in charge of the expansion of an East County brewery. "They like our music," he says, "and they gave us some rehearsal space and in turn, we became their house band." He says that Trailerpark Rockstar got a permanent band practice room when the new plans were drawn up. "You can't go wrong rehearsing in a brewery."

Trailerpark Rockstar, he says, "sounds like anything that would get played on Rock 105.3 radio." With Corey Mitchell on vox, Rich Varville plays bass and James Raub is Trailerpark's drummer. "The project started two and a half years ago with different members." That's all such well-traveled territory, hard rock and metal. What's a band got to do to bring something to the table that's original?

"Nobody's gonna reinvent the hard rock wheel, but we like to interact with our fans and put on a show. We bring the full package," he says, "and give them something to sink their teeth into."

Trailerpark Rockstar has an eponymous CD, some funny videos, and has performed at Hollywood's Key Club, at Brick by Brick, the Manzanita Brewing Company (where they have residency,) and at Lacy J's, the old Magnolia Mulvaney's in Santee. They've opened for George Lynch's band Lynch Mob, Adema, and Hurt. They are razor tight, highly skilled, and aggressive in the musical way of all head-bangers.

Meyer is a Dean guitar endorsee himself and he shows up at gigs with two 300-watt Line 6 heads and four 4x12 Basson cabs. He packs all that firepower into a club-size venue? That's gear enough for an arena. "Hell, the bass player plays through two 8x10 cabinets," he says. He laughs. "We bring a rock and roll show, man."

Sapporo Presents Trailerpark Rockstar June 22 at Brick by Brick with the Blitz Brothers, the Grass Heat, and Ben Powell. 619.275.LIVE, doors 7pm, music 9pm, $7

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good story good

July 1, 2012

I, too, used Chainsaw Records in Mira Mesa(?) and am trying to find an old CD from early 90;s.....Aural REinforcement, a compilation of the bands recording in San Diego's Chainsaw studio that year. Any suggestions?

The band was called Nobody and the song track- "Castle Black"

thanks!!!

Greg Anderson

Sept. 11, 2012

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