Last minute announcement:  Cruise Elroy (formerly known as Chris Merritt) is playing in Easton, Maryland at our favorite venue, Night Cat.  The show is on Saturday, June 16.  That’s in a couple days.  Please come and be groupies.

Jake Thro is coming up next weekend and Cruise’ll be doin’ some pictures and finishing music.  I hope to finish the songs called The Great Shorty, Coney Island, Warm Sun, On My Own, Rain King, Sucker Punch.

Did You KnowThese animals really exist??  Amazing…..

New Tunethis song by Goyte is just great.  The video too.

Not New TuneTalby by Pinback. “Play that song again and go to hell when you die….”  So understated, so elegant, so weird and perfect….  The guy that masters Pinback’s records mastered Pixie And The Bear and said Pinback just gives him a burned CD to master (most masters are super high-quality DVDs or huge files).

Chris Merritt TuneTime Bomb

Hearty Chuckle Fun Comedy – Did you know David Bowie and Mick Jagger made the fruitiest music video ever made? (via Melissa)


Science works!

My new gig at the studio is going swimmingly!  Talking to my friends Alex and Roman about Joseph Campbell, Phillip K. Dick, the evolution of man, and what we would do with the power of invisibility.  All while recording a song for a huge Mexican food company.

New song Shorty is sounding sick ridiculous.  I’ll post Scheherazade demos like tomorrow.

Did You Know? Evolution doesn’t necessarily do what’s best for the survival of an individual or species.  Rather, the genes that survive are good at getting themselves copied.  A famous example is the peacock’s tail – a huge hindrance and liability to the male peacock, but such a lady killer it doesn’t matter.  Richard Dawkin’s The Selfish Gene was the groundbreaking work that expressed this subtlety, and did to Darwin’s theory of evolution what Einstein’s General Relativity did to Newton’s laws.

New tune – I’m loving the new Shins record – this song and video – amazing.  There is so much great music coming out – intelligent, clever melodies are popping up all over the place.  (Even in the pop world…) Some of these new artists take me to another world.  I hope that the new Cruise Elroy can be a small part of this intelligent, deep musical universe.

Not new tune – I think the guitar riff at the end of this song is the heaviest ever recorded.  A perfect song.

Hearty chuckle - here is a great stand-up routine by the incredible edible  Jim Carrey.

Chris Merritt songDonna.


Whew.  After a bloody battle, the enemy has retreated beyond the horizon. The planets have aligned.  Hell has frozen over, thawed, and frozen over again.  A group of helpful-looking ducks are waiting patiently in a row for further instructions.

Too dramatic?

Well, anyway.  I’m writing this on the 10th floor recording studio on 7th ave in New York City.  Have you been wondering what’s up with Chris Merritt’s music?  Well, my friend, where should I start?

Firstly, I landed an awesome new gig at a commercial music house in New York.  The big boss came to my shows and became a fan.  I’ll be writing Superbowl commercials.  I’m smack dab in the city in a beautiful new studio with musicians I respect and admire.  I’m getting paid and I have keys.  I’ll tell you more about this the more it unravels, but the important implication for you, the humble Chris Merritt fan, is that I have a place to finish great records.  Less running around surviving.  Less guerrilla recording (tracking church pianos until I get kicked out).  Less stealing from children to pay Jake Thro’s exorbitant mixing fees (kidding, people).  Instead, beautiful vintage gear and a positive vibe.  A studio.  Some freedom.  Top-notch engineers.  And giant contacts in the music industry.

Secondly; although it appears I’ve been lying dormant like some sort of hibernating beetle larvae, I’ve actually been working hard with the new band, like some kind of underground parasitic wasp colony.

We have a new band name.  Jake Thro, Brett Ripley, and Chris Merritt (that’s me) are to be known henceforward as: Cruise Elroy.  We have like 25 songs in various stages of recording.  We’ve arranged and demo’ed our cover of an entire symphony (Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade).  We have big plans and big ideas.  And now, a bit of resources to make them happen.

We played a show with the great Fountains Of Wayne a couple weeks back and it was inspiring.  Since then, everyone’s been kind of busy.  But now it’s time to make things happen.  And we need your help.  On June 17th, 2012, we’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign so we can finish our epic version of Scheherazade.  The money we raise will also help facilitate the completion of the very first Cruise Elroy album.  Incentives will include a beautiful limited-edition score, an album of unreleased Paperface tracks, and a glam shot of a topless Brett Ripley.  I think he thought I was joking when I told him that.

Cruise Elroy is like Chris Merritt, but only kind of.  It’s even better.  We’re pulling out some classics (Rain King, Ms. Parker) and doing them properly, but mostly it’s new, mind-bending, heart-pounding, weird stuff.  Produced nicely, with heart and rawness.  You’ll see.

In fact, we’re trying to finish 4 or 5 songs to show you how awesome it sounds.  We’ll release it as a little free thing all over the internet as soon as possible.  A Free P.

I also have a couple other projects that I’m really excited about, but I’m not quite ready to reveal them.

Do me a favor.  Email three friends about Chris Merritt.  Send them your favorite track.  Let’s wake the sleeping breast. I mean, beast.





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Kids Make Band Names (pt 2)

As a fun experiment, my good friend Melissa asked her elementary school students to come up with some band names. They listened to some tracks, and then got into groups and brainstormed ideas. The results are awesome. I was impressed with the creativity and intelligence of 1st and 2nd graders. I laughed, I cried, and I’m pretty sure my brain exploded once or twice. Here they are in all their glory:

1st Grade:
The Bear Wolf
The Rock Brothers Band Rocks
Rock in Roll
Rockin Peanuts
Fresh Beat Band
Rockin Hansen
Trouble Ones
One Man Band
Cool Loud Band
Rolling Pins
Sharp Men
Hurricane Men
The Christophers
Sound Band
Soft Band
Chocolate Band
BandAid Band
Rockin Cheetahs
Band Man
Bad Boys
Rockin Cobras
Rock Around The World
Triangle Band
Rockin Ninja
Beat Band
Rockstar Band
Bandit Band
Rockin Cookies

2nd grade
Rock band
The rising dead
Rock n roll band
the hard rockers
The big bad men
Rock on
The white cells
Big bad band
Rock and boom band
The New Yorkers
Rock and roll together
Rock and roll friends
The crushers
Alone on the streets (dark, I like it)
The rocks
Earth shakers
The battle
Firework company
Rock n roll joy
Rock n roll hounds
The monsters
The trashers
The pain
Fire band
Star band
Hard metal
War pigs

Fountains Of Wayne

I’m playing this Friday (May 11) with the mighty Fountains Of Wayne in Huntington, NY at a place called The Paramount. Buy tickets here!

I first heard Fountains Of Wayne in high school. My first girlfriend listened to horrible, horrible music. I mean, the worst music in the universe. But she had this CD of this band Fountains Of Wayne. Her friend was a fan of them, or knew them, or something. She said, “yeah, there’s only one good song on here” and so I knew for sure the album would be awesome. We broke up and I “accidentally left her CD in my car.”

The album was the self-titled Fountains Of Wayne, and I was immediately floored. I heard great and clever melodies, funny lyrics, and sad storytelling all in one colorful universe. FOW soon became one of my favorite bands ever, and their second record, Utopia Parkway, was even better. It was darker, more intelligent, mature. It remains one of my top ten records ever.

Their new album Sky Full Of Holes is a masterpiece. Fountains’ best songs yet. Here are some of my favorite Fountains Of Wayne tracks: Cemetery Guns / Hey Julie / Leave The Biker / A Fine Day For A Parade / Denise / Senator’s Daughter / I 95 / Summer Place

Kids Make Band Names (pt1)

Well, I’m back in Band Name Limbo, which is an enormous, dark, confusing place. I’ve been busy starting a new and extremely exciting job in the big city (Upperville, VA……wait, I mean, New York City, NY). The band has 25 songs partially recorded, as well as Scheherazade, which has been demo’ed by the band. It’s all…….well, really, really damn good music, and I feel like we’re finally making waves, and poised for some breaks. However, I feel like starting something fresh and tight, something marketable….plus, this is definitely a band lately…. The creative process involves everyone.

As a fun experiment, my good friend Melissa asked her elementary school students to come up with some band names. They listened to some tracks, and then got into groups and brainstormed ideas. The results are awesome. I was impressed with the creativity and intelligence of these 1st and 2nd graders. I laughed, I cried, and I’m pretty sure my brain exploded once or twice. Here they are in all their glory:

Kid’s Band Name Ideas – Day 1

1st Grade:
Baby Pie
The Fast Speed
Thunderstorm Eyes
Starry Nights Rule
Banana Sword
Hot Tree
The Princesses
The Hot Chicken Band
Werewolf Fire
Running Blood
Pizza Tree
Black and White
The Meatballs
Bald Eagles
The Black Pandas
Tears of Blood
The Hot Boy Band
The Amber Band
Werewolves of the Hot Fire
Pizza Panda
New York City is Awesome
Carebear Band
Race Dragon
The Mr. Sandman Band
Black Band
The Mosquitos
I am a Tree
Fire Rock
The Outlaws

2nd grade:
The Big Bad Band
Fire crier
The Fire Band
Buttkick Rock
New Boys
Rockstar Baby Attack
Baby on the Roof
The Funky Monkey
You Go I’ll Go
The Bad Girls
The Lord of Gods
This is How We Roll
The Vampires
Learn How to Rock
Mario Rock
Rally rock
Say it Out Loud
Smoke Dash
I Go Where You Go
The Mini Muffins
The Awesome Rock Band
Doin the Duggy
The Jerk
Where to Go
Let it Shine
Doin the Boogie
Four the Sequences
Rock Box
Mario World Rock
Baby at the Door
The Purring Pandas
Singing Rock Music
Dark Rock
New York Rock
The Walkers
The Bad Boys
The Four Werewolves
It’s All About Me and You
I Love You
Texas Rock House
Monster Party
The Rocking Turtles
Baby Rock
Cash Stache
Fire Skull
Texas Rangers
Snake Hole
The Adorable Dolphins

Show with Fountains Of Wayne! / NEW VIDEO

Chris Merritt opening for Fountains Of Wayne!  At the Paramount (Huntington, NY) on May 11th!  This is one of my favorite bands of all time, and I couldn’t be more excited.  We’re going to kill it. More on this soon!!

Meanwhile, I’m playing THIS SATURDAY in Provo!  Utah, Salt Lake, Provo, Orem, Logan fans, come on out!

Check out this awesome promo video, and make sure to put this on your Facebook wall! Let’s get everyone excited about the show this week!

Video created by Anaïs Saunders and Jackie Watanabe :) thanks guys!!



Recording update

I want to finish a few of these songs and release them for free!  We’ll probably be done with five very soon:  One Man To An Army, On My Own, Coney Island, Bi-Polar, and Amelia.  They are kiiiind of getting close to being done. They are the first songs I’ve ever recorded that are not compromised in any way.  Pretty, heavy, heartbroken, happy, haunting, funny.

Sheherzahde is getting close to being finished, conceptually.  Most of it is demo’ed.

We’re also hard at work on The Itch, Sucker Punch, Jitterbug, Burning Baby, Shorty, The Beautiful Ms. Parker And I, Pretty Bitch, Newborn, Sherlock Holmes, Mechanical Mind, Bi-Polar…..many more……

I’m also hard at work on a side project which will be ready for unveiling soon.

I feel like this is the longest I’ve gone without releasing a new record.  It’s a desperate feeling, but I know I have to persevere to finish the most epic music of my life.