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Eric Gaffney (born December 25, 1967, in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American songwriter and recording artist., and has been home recording on cassette since 1981, as an active participant in the Western Mass hardcore scene. From 1983-1984, he founded, wrote songs for, and drummed with Grey Matter, opening hall shows with Jerry's Kids, F.U.'s, The Big Boys, Raw Power, Adrenalin O.D., Siege, and others.

Eric Gaffney
Birth nameEric Gaffney
Born (1967-12-25) December 25, 1967 (age 51)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, lo-fi, hardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, guitar, vocals, percussion, bass, keyboards
LabelsSub Pop, Domino, Homestead
Associated actsSebadoh, Sentridoh

Eric was lead singer of No Preservatives, and performed at a high school dance with 7 Seconds. As editor of Withdrawal Fanzine, he wrote scene reports for Maximum Rock 'N' Roll. In 1986, he co-founded 'Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists' with the late Charlie Ondras. In 1988, did the artwork for, and tape duplication for the first Sebadoh release: 'The Freed Man' cassette. The tape was favorably reviewed by Gerard Cosloy and resulted in a 3-record deal with Homestead Records.

In 1989, Eric co-founded and arranged for the first band practice of the indie rock band Sebadoh,[1], and arranged the first local shows for Sebadoh's debut at Sheehan's Bar in Northampton, MA. (January, 1990) Eric created the cover art for 'Sebadoh III,' & the album art and title for 'Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock, 'Rockin' The Forest,' and titled 'Sebadoh Vs. Helmet,' and 'Bubble & Scrape.' Eric left the band in late 1993, after having toured with The Wedding Present, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Southwest U.S. Lollapalooza tour, and Glastonbury Festival.

Eric embarked on a solo career, playing shows in the Northeast and releasing 'It Lights Up & Spins Around' on cassette in 1998, performing and recording with his own project Fields of Gaffney, which had its debut with Royal Trux and Kim Gordon at The Cooler in New York City.. In 2006, 'Uncharted Waters' was released on Old Gold (Atlanta) and Handmade Records (Oslo) Eric performed at Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco in 2002, 2003, and 2007, and at CMJ in 1990, 1998, 2006.

In 2007 Sebadoh reformed with the original line-up as "Classic Sebadoh," with a full U.S. Tour. Domino reissue of 'Sebadoh III,' and 'The Freed Man.' 'Bubble & Scrape' was reissued on Domino/Sub Pop, Sebadoh toured Europe in 2008, including All Tomorrow's Parties, Primavera Festival, and co-headlining Pitchfork Festival 2008 with Public Enemy & Mission of Burma.

Gaffney is a vegan. He also resides in Northampton, Massachusetts. He currently sells music via his Bandcamp page, and has twenty records digitally distributed worldwide. Joyful Noise released a limited edition "Cassetterospective" Box Set of ten cassette records, 2015. 'Land of Make Believe' and 'ghost of christmas future' released on Bandcamp, 2016


See Also Sebadoh discography

  • ghost of christmas future (animal friends/academia tapes)
  • Land of Make Believe (Animal Friends) 2016
  • "Cassetterospective" (limited edition of 100 cassette box set) Joyful Noise, 2015
  • Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists (1986-1987) Academia, 2014
  • Jesus Christ/Alasdair Roberts split-single (Happy Soul Records) 2013
  • America's Drug (Animal Friends) 2011
  • Down By The Bay (Animal Friends) 2011
  • The World Turned Upside Down 2010
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain 2010
  • Sailor On The Rainpool Seas (Animal Friends) 2009
  • Uncharted Waters (Old Gold/Handmade Records) 2006
  • Fields of Gaffney 'Cosmic Chicken and Egg.' 2005
  • Fields of Gaffney "Nature Walk" CD, 2003
  • Brilliant Concert Numbers CD, Old Gold Records, 1999
  • In The Noonday Sun (Animal Friends) 2002
  • Another Galaxy (Animal Friends) 1999
  • Yosemite Sam Lunchbox (Animal Friends) 1997
  • Portland Or Bust (Animal Friends) 1991
  • Moldy Bread (Animal Friends) 1989
  • Face Of Man (Animal Friends) 1989
  • Sore Foot Weirdy (Animal Friends) 1988

'Singles & Compilations'

  • "The Dunes" on 'Down in a Mirror" Jandek tribute Vol II (Summersteps Records, Moscow, PA.)
  • "Wanna Be With You/Long Journey" split 7" with Pernath, Morc Records, 2004
  • "Pinball Machine" track on Cool Beans #15 CD, 2003
  • "Too Bad Luck" on "What, Are You on Drugs? Comp. CD (Ant Lunch, Florida) 2002
  • "Paws On Paws Off" track on "Lo-Fi" CD from São Paulo, Brazil, 2002
  • "Cold Weather" b/w Twilight, Sub Pop Singles Club, January 2000
  • "The Other Day" track on Cool Beans CD Sampler, 1999


  • "Fields of Gaffney vol. 2" Limited Edition Cassette, 1999 (out of print)
  • "Lights Up and Spins Around" Limited Edition cassette, 1998 (out of print)
  • 'Family Grub' cassette comp 1990 (out of print)
  • 'Happy Valley Screwball Institute' cassette comp (90 min) 1990 (out of print) *Sebadoh 'The Freed Man' 1988 (30 min cassette)
  • Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists 1986 'Plundering Latenight' cassette 90 min
  • Grey Matter, cassette 1983

Records with Sebadoh (1988-2008)

  • 'Bubble & Scrape' 15th Anniversary Reissue. 2008 Domino (UK) Sub Pop (U.S.)
  • 'The Freed Man' (tracks from the original cassette, vinyl LP, & CD, the first singles, previously unreleased tracks) 2007 (Domino) *'Wade Through The Boggs' (1990-1993 era unreleased Sebadoh tracks) ltd edition 1,000)
  • Sebadoh III (Domino Records) reissue w. 2nd CD of bonus tracks. 2006
  • "Tarred and Furthered," "Delicious Cakes" from 1990 EP (Silt Breeze Records) 1999
  • "Beauty of the Ride" EP (drums on "16" and "Slintstrumental," BBC sessions '92-93) 1996
  • "Bakesale" (drums on 4 songs from 1993 Chicago session with Bob Weston) (Sub Pop/Domino) 1994
  • "Bubble & Scrape" (Sub Pop/Domino) 1993. City Slang (Berlin) Sony (Japan) 1993
  • bonus single w. LP in UK, (Domino)
  • "Soul & Fire EP" (Domino/Sub Pop) 1993

Single (Sub Pop) "Bouquet For A Siren" (1st version) 1993

  • "Smash Your Head On The Punk Rock"(Sub Pop) 1992
  • "Rockin' The Forest Vs. Helmet" (City Slang, Germany) Oct 1992
  • "Sebadoh Vs. Helmet" (Domino, U.K.) October, 1992
  • "Rockin' The Forest" (20/20, Domino U.K.) Summer, 1992
  • Split-single -"Loma Prieta" (Dark Beloved Cloud) 1991
  • "Oven Is My Friend" 45rpm EP (Silt Breeze) 1991
  • "Sebadoh III" (Homestead) 1991
  • "Gimme Indie Rock" 45rpm single (Homestead) 1991
  • "The Freed Weed" (Homestead) 1990
  • "Asshole" (Vertical) one side; "Julienne," "Elements," "Attention," "Your Long Journey." 1990
  • "Magic Ribbons" (Leopard Gecko) Box Set (split single, 45 rpm red vinyl) "Design," "Cyster," *"Lorax," 1989
  • "The Freed Man" (Homestead) Vinyl/Cassette, 1989
  • "Split single" with Big Stick (Sonic Life) U.K.1989
  • 'The Freed Man' cassette (no label) 1988


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Sebadoh". Allmusic. Retrieved July 20, 2010.

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