In celebration of Battle of the Bands 2013 we’re profiling all 8 of this year’s bands. Check back all week for more information about these awesome student artists including footage from their live from the Mayfest office performance!
When were you formed?
Ric Cross has been on and off and through a variety of forms dating back to the spring of my freshman year- so just over three years now. We’ve been calling ourselves Ric Cross for about a year now though, and most of our newer tracks date back to November of this year.
Members and what they play?
Carson “Parsons” Potter - lead guitar
Jordan “Jordy” Burns - Bass guitar
Nicky “Ricky” Pyle - drums
Dan “Dozer” Dozark - keyboardist
Eric “Ric” Cross (that’s me) - lead vocals, rhythm guitars, keyboardist.
How would you describe your sound?
I think it’s hard to describe myself. It’s sort of an electronic bedroom pop with an r&b feel. Inspired by a variety of sounds (i.e. Frank Ocean, Dirty Projectors, James Blake, Phoenix, Miguel, and of course Drizzy.)
Story behind the name?
It’s actually my name without the “E” in Eric. We used to go by “E.L. Cross,” but deemed it sounded too much like a middle-aged fantasy writer’s name. Hence Ric Cross. Also, it’s commonly mistaken for the name of the rapper, Rick Ross- which I find rather amusing.
Favorite show played? When/where/why?
Probably the Ty’s list party last spring. Great crowd, long set, and cool arrangements in that show.
Complete the statement: “I want to play on Dillo Day because…”
I want to play on Dillo Day because it’s the tightest gig Northwestern has to offer, and this is my last one.
Catch Ric Cross live at this year’s Battle of the Bands this Thursday at 27 Live!