The Ergs! are a three-piece punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey that began in 2000 comprised of vocalist/drummer Mikey Erg, guitarist/vocalist Jeff Erg and bassist Joey Erg. They were insanely prolific throughout the 2000's, self-releasing two CD-Rs in their first year as a band, with consistent EPs, splits, and compilation appearances coming in the following years. They first called it a day in 2008, when they played their last show. Even after that, they did complete the handful of projects already planned to be released. They played a few reunion shows in 2010, and then came back in full swing in 2016 and 2017, with more shows and new recorded material for the first time in years. Fast forward to 2022, and we've got not one but two new EP's (both fantastic, by the way) already, the first releases since 2016. Their members have also been active in a ton of other bands over the years, most notably Mikey Erg, including Dirt Bike Annie, For Science, Psyched To Die, House Boat, Star Fucking Hipsters, and most recently, Worriers.
Sonically, The Ergs! are a pop punk band at their core. They've penned some of the most fast-paced. fun-loving, energetic, and hopelessly catchy songs the genre has to offer, while staying true to its punk roots. As loose comparisons, they take cues from classics such as Lifetime, The Descendents, The Replacements, and Hüsker Dü, most of which they have covered or paid homage to in some capacity. Having said that, The Ergs! are also an insanely versatile band, with three very talented musicians at the helm. Just running through of either full-length album or Hindsight Is 20/20, My Friend is evidence alone that the band had multiple tricks up their sleeves, and a wide palette of musical stylings to pull from.
If you're new to this band, here's quick rundown of their discography here, as a lot of the material featured here is also available on 2 easy-to-grab compilations. To start off, f'n and Digital Endpoints are the aforementioned self-released CD-Rs, and are only available on there own. Past that, The Ben Kweller EP is also only available on its own, and is a 2nd-tier essential listen for them, so be sure to grab that. Dorkrockcorkrod is their debut album, and (in my humble opinion) one of the best pop punk albums ever released, and could be my personal favourite of all time. 2005's Jersey's Best Prancers blurs the line between EP and album due to its short run-time, but in my head canon I always consider it an album, so we're going with that. Upstairs/Downstairs is their third full-length, and completes the holy trifecta of albums that this band has to offer. If nothing else, this is what you need to hear. In 2008, they released the fantastic (and much-needed) compilation Hindsight Is 20/20, My Friend which includes all previously released material on compilations, splits, EPs, etc since their incarnation until that point. This does not include anything previously mentioned, or Insubordination Fest 2007. Just behind the albums, this compilation contains some of the band's best work. The follow-up to this compilation was released in 2016, containing all material between the two comps. Goddamn Death Dedication, Time and the Season, and Renovations are all new material exclusive to those releases.
On a personal note, we are now at 999 posts on this blog, and a few weeks away from it being 10 years old. I've said it before, but it's crazy to think about how much has changed in that time, and to try and revisit the beginnings of this blog and what I was listening to at the time. I had a hell of a time trying to pick post #1000, and what to preface it with. Along with the release of new material this year, I recently revisited The Ergs!, a band I had loved dearly for years before this blog even started, but hadn't listened to in recent years. Going back to dorkrockcorkrod, Upstairs/Downstairs, and all their incredible material made me realize just how much I fucking love them, and how much I still fucking love them. Listening and screaming along to every song feels like no time has passed at all, and without a doubt the aforementioned albums are stored in the closest and deepest recesses of my heart. It's an atrocity I haven't shared them yet, but am happy to cross that off the bucket list before we hit this milestone. This is the kind of music that holds up forever, and I cannot express (as corny as that is) what this band means to me. Please do enjoy, and thank you for letting us even get this far that a retrospective like this could be so enjoyed.