Eric Pulido and his Midlake brethren have been Denton, Texas’ favorite sons since early 2000's and their 2006 (Bella Union) folk rock masterpiece 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' has become a cult classic and noted as a catalyst for the folk revival that ensued. They've become a band's band over the years gaining respect and forming relationships/collaborations with their musical peers along the way. The band's most recent release, 2013's Antiphon, has become one of their most musically fulfilling, and a critically acclaimed re-imagining of quintessential American rock and folk. With so much achieved and a relentless schedule, it was at this juncture in time, Pulido says that Midlake still felt the urge to “put the ship into harbor and work on solo projects.”
Pulido has recently formed an 'Indie Super Group' for the ages called BNQT (pronounced Banquet) consisting of Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Fran Healy (Travis), and Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) along with fellow 'Midlakers' McKenzie Smith (Drums), Jesse Chandler (Keys), and Joey McClellan (Guitar). The album releases April 28th on Dualtone Records stateside and Bella Union on the other side of the pond. It's what Pulido calls a 'Poor Man's Traveling Wilburys'.
He also doubles as an entrepreneur of sorts, starting a cocktail bar (Paschall Bar) in 2011 with the Midlake guys. Since he has opened a brew pub restaurant (Barley & Board), launched a Screen Print & Design Co. (Norman Roscoe), and helped head up a local arts & music festival (Oaktopia), with subsequent projects on the way. Eric is civically active, serving as a member of The Greater Denton Arts Council, The Convention and Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board, and The Historic Landmark Commission. Eric also serves at St. David's Episcopal Church as a parishioner and musician at the 5pm Folk Mass.
Most notably, he's a Dad, Husband, and fan of both the Houston Astros and Dallas Cowboys.
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