In the fall of 2005, Eric Lilavois was on tour through the northwest on his way to Canada with his band, The Days In Between. The band was forced to cancel the second leg of the tour, and after deciding to take up residence in Seattle for a couple weeks, Lilavois slowly coaxed the band into to stopping by a famous studio he remembered from the liner notes of his youth, London Bridge Studio. The band recorded a 5 song EP there, with Geoff Ott behind the famous Neve. Now, roughly a decade later, Eric has become the third partner at London Bridge Studio, as well as London Tone Records.
“The God In Our Glass” is a tribute to Eric’s close friend of over 20 years, Ryan Hoherd.
“When you lose someone that suddenly, that close, you start thinking about all the missed calls, all the times you couldn’t make this thing or that. Suddenly it’s not what would I do for another 5 years with this person– it’s what would I do for just one more hour.”
“Ryan was a force, the life of the party, and an absolute prankster. We lived together for a number of years and we use to blast each other out of bed with fireworks in the morning. There was a hilarious moment while recording the organ for ‘God in Our Glass’ at London Bridge, with Ryan’s cousin Andrew DeWitt on keys, where suddenly in the middle of the take the Leslie just caught fire and filled the room with smoke. Right then and there I knew we had his approval!”
Eric assembled an all star cast of musicians that he has worked with over the years to contribute their talents to the track, including Ben Smith (drummer for Heart) Andrew Joslyn (strings for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Passenger String Quartet) Matt Herman (bass for The Days In Between) and a powerful horn section consisting of Danny Levin, David Moyer, and Ian Souter, who have independently appeared on records by Vampire Weekend, Regina Spektor, Mayer Hawthorne, and Snoop Dogg.
As a producer, Lilavois has worked with many notable artists such as Saint Motel, The Dustbowl Revival, Celeigh Chapman, The Smokey Brights, as well as countless others in various capacities, like Atlas Genius, My Chemical Romance, Surfer Blood.
When he’s not making music, Eric Lilavois is the curator of the Make Music Pasadena Festival, the largest free music festival on the West Coast, garnering an attendance of over 40,000 annually. Cool.