Unlike writing The Uninvited, where I listened to a lot of one particular band, while writing ERO, I listened to a variety of music. But even though I listened to a variety of bands (Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, etc), I did gravitate toward one in particular Alice in Chains. “A Chains,” as they are also called (here’s their website), is turning out to be one of my favorite bands, though I’ve listened to them for years. They have a dark, metal, grunge, alternative feel to their music. I got back into them after hearing one of their coolest hits, “Nutshell,” while working on another project I’ve since backburnered. “Nutshell” is an emotional, acoustic piece with dark lyrics dealing with loneliness, death, and despair. Click here for “Nutshell” lyrics. This song, like it did for my backburnered project, fits the tone of ERO.
I also listened to a lot of Tool. I’ve also loved and listened to this band for years. They’re known for their trippy, long and complex tunes, described as “style-transcending” and part of progressive rock, psychedelic and art rock. Dark. Experimental. Love em.
I also listened to a lot of science fiction movie soundtracks, including the X-Files soundtrack, “Songs in the Key of X.”
I didn’t always listen to music while writing the manuscript, but when inputting my redlines or doing something that didn’t require intense focus, I’d put on an “album.” It’s amazing the frame of mind music can put you into.